On average, a traffic accident occurs every 4 minutes in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Tens of thousands of people are injured every day in the state, and hundreds are killed each year. Tragically, most car accidents are preventable and caused by negligence, carelessness, or wrongdoing.
At Coletrane & Messersmith, we represent individuals and families who have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a car accident. Our lawyers have recovered millions on behalf of auto injury victims throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia.
If you have been involved in an auto accident and believe that another person caused the accident, contact our office for a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us help you recover the compensation you deserve after a car accident. Call (757) 223-4455 to get started.
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According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, there are over 120,000 traffic crashes on the Commonwealth’s roadways each year.
Data collected by the Virginia Highway Safety Office shows:
The statistics are devastating. One out of every 25.8 drivers was involved in a crash. When you are injured, you need an advocate that will pursue the maximum compensation available in your case.Back to Top
Hampton Roads is home to some of the most idyllic roads in central Coastal Virginia. Steeped in history and teeming with pristine scenery, these two cities and the surrounding areas attract visitors from all over.
The roads, however, can become treacherous. Thousands of traffic crashes happen each year in these two cities resulting in injuries and death.
As noted in the latest report by the Virginia Highway Safety Office:
At Coletrane & Messersmith, our car accident lawyers have over a decade of experience fighting for car accident victims and their families. You should never have to pay for another person’s wrongdoing. Call our office at (757) 223-4455 to get started.
After a car accident, it can be difficult to determine the true extent of your injuries. It is vital for your recovery, both physical and financial, to get treatment immediately. Even if you do not believe that you were seriously injured, you should still get checked out by a doctor.
Common injuries after a car accident include:
Your body may be in shock from the sudden, unexpected impact of a collision and unable to detect internal injuries. Failing to receive treatment can delay your recovery and affect your right to receive compensation for your damages. If you have been involved in a traffic collision, contact our office to speak with a car accident lawyer today. We serve clients in Newport News, Hampton, and Hampton Roads.
At Coletrane & Messersmith, our legal team has extensive experience handling all forms of motor vehicle accidents. Whether you are involved in a collision with a large, commercial truck or were a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, we can help.
We handle auto accidents caused by:
If you are involved in a collision caused by one of the above or are injured because of another person’s negligent driving, contact our office today. We proudly serve all of the communities in Hampton Roads and the surrounding areas.
Unfortunately, many people believe that they do not need an attorney after an accident. It is important to know that the insurance company is not on your side. Too often, insurance adjusters try to downplay the injuries of a car accident victim or try to place the blame on anyone besides their insured.
Afraid that they will end up with nothing, people end up settling for far less than their case is worth. Insurance companies know that unrepresented individuals are less likely to pursue litigation and will use numerous tactics to get them to settle for compensation that fails to cover all of their injuries, treatment, and lost wages.
Reasons to hire an attorney after a car accident:
Our car accident lawyers know what it takes to win. We have recovered millions on behalf of our clients and will not rest until justice is served. After a car accident, an injured party often faces extreme financial hardship. They may be unable to work, have mounting medical bills, and face years of painful treatment or surgery.
Our mission at Coletrane & Messersmith is to help individuals and their families get through this difficult time and obtain the compensation that they deserve. When an accident is caused by another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, you should not have to pay. Contact our office to learn about your legal options and file a claim for damages.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, the party that is at fault for the accident is responsible for paying damages to any injured victims. Virginia is one of only a handful of states that still follows the rule of pure contributory negligence. With contributory negligence, if an injured party is found to be partially at fault for the accident, they are barred from recovery.
Contributory negligence is a harsh rule, but there are defenses. It is imperative that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Insurance companies will often try to place injured parties at fault in order to deny otherwise valid claims. Our car accident lawyers can help you understand who can be held liable and how to file the legal documents to begin your case.
At Coletrane & Messersmith, we handle cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we win. We spare no expense in investigating, negotiating, and litigating your case. Our goal is always to get you the largest recovery possible based on the circumstances of your case and your injuries.
All consultations with our car accident lawyers are free and without obligation to retain our services. We will come to you at no cost, regardless of whether you are recovering at home or in the hospital. When you are injured in an auto accident, the last thing you should have to worry about is how you are going to afford quality representation.Back to Top
Under Section 8.01-243 of the Code of Virginia, you have two years from the date of the accident to bring a claim for damages based on personal injury. Failure to bring a lawsuit within this statute of limitations could bar your right to compensation.
There are limited exceptions to the statute of limitations, but it is critical to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident resulting in injuries. In an auto accident case, conducting an independent investigation and gathering sufficient evidence to bring a claim for damages can take months.
By consulting with a car accident lawyer immediately after you are injured, you have the best chance of filing a timely lawsuit.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Newport News, Hampton, Hampton Roads, or the surrounding areas, contact our office for a free consultation. Our lawyers know that this can be a challenging time. We give every case the personalized, dedicated attention it needs to get our clients the results they deserve.
Do not try to go it alone. You may end up settling your case for far less than it is worth. An insurance adjuster will use your words against you to try to place you at fault for the accident.
Call our office today at (757) 223-4455 to speak directly with an experienced car accident lawyer in Hampton Roads. We know the law and will do everything we can to get you the most substantial recovery possible.
If you have been injured contact our office for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call (757) 223-4455 to discuss your legal options. Cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no fees unless we win.