After an accident, there are many questions that may arise concerning what to do first, how to protect your rights, and how to ensure that you obtain the adequate compensation you need for damages you have suffered. Here at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we can provide honest answers for all of your questions as well as caring support and guidance for you and your family. At this critical crossroads in your life, you can count on a West Virginia accident lawyer from our firm to help you understand your options and work hard to make your goals happen.
Below, our team has taken the time to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about car wrecks. During our years of experience with these claims, we have learned that many accident victims simply aren’t familiar with personal injury law and the rights that are provided to them through this section of the legal branch. Please do not hesitate to call a West Virginia accident lawyer at our firm today for further answers to your questions or help with your specific claim.
Many accident victims make the mistake of assuming that they do not need to see a doctor because they do not feel any pain or injuries after their accident. This is because some injuries do not manifest themselves until a later time. The sooner you seek medical attention after an accident, the better off you will be in the long run and the better chance you will have at recovering compensation.
There are a multitude of reasons for why you may need to seek compensation after a car accident. Typically, the most significant grounds for pursuing compensation is expensive medical care or physical therapy necessitated by injury, and other grounds include missed work and loss of valuable income due to personal injury, emotional damages related to injury, the wrongful death of a loved one, and punitive damages. You may also need to seek permanent personal injury that decreases or eliminates ability to perform at work.
According to West Virginia law, every driver is required to carry at least $20,000 in uninsured motorist coverage in the event that they are in an accident with uninsured motorists. This happens more often than you may expect, and it is always wise to get underinsured motorist coverage if it is possible. When you are in an accident with an uninsured motorist, your own automobile insurance may provide coverage and will pay the damages that the other driver should have paid. In these cases, your insurance company is not on your side and will probably try to reduce the value of your claim. You must keep in mind that even if the other driver in your accident does have insurance, it may not be enough to pay your damages if you are seriously injured.
Accidents caused by drunk drivers can be difficult to handle without a personal injury lawyer, and you need a legal advocate on your side during this time who can provide you with the information you need, take advantage of the legal options available to you, and investigate your accident thoroughly. These cases are taken very seriously by law enforcement agencies, but you will not recover any financial compensation for your injuries, property damages, and emotional trauma unless you are able to succeed with an injury claim. In 2011, almost half of all drivers who are killed in vehicle collisions tested positive for drugs or alcohol and a third of those are repeat offenders. We know how to pursue a personal injury claim in addition to criminal charges, and we are prepared to help you today.
If you travel often with young children, you have probably purchased and used a car seat at some point. It is a tragedy that car accidents are the leading cause of fatalities among children under the age of 4, and you must be sure to follow the guidelines listed on your car seat in order to ensure that your child is as safe as possible. If your child requires a car seat, make sure you use it every time regardless of how far you may be driving. You should also make sure your car seat is compatible with your vehicle model, and follow the strict standards for the height, weight, and age limit given by the car seat manufacturer.
Car accidents are traumatic experiences, but sometimes an accident situation can escalate because of post-collision fires. Car accident fires can be more deadly than the accident itself, and you must be aware of the potential for a fire after your crash. Some of these accident-related fires are inevitable, but others are caused by fuel system defects. Fires can make it extremely difficult to recover the information you need to file an injury claim, but we will work tirelessly to uncover every potential source of liability. Call our firm immediately after your accident to get started.