West Virginia Auto Accident Lawyers
Pursuing Maximum Compensation for Your Injuries & Damages from Our Offices in Beckley, Charleston, and Lewisburg
Every day millions of Americans get behind the wheel to drive to work, to school, and for other daily-living purposes. Unfortunately, sharing the road with others who may be neglectful, fail to follow traffic laws, or behave in a reckless manner puts you at risk for traffic accidents. These accidents can cause serious, life-threatening, and debilitating injuries or even death. In West Virginia, auto accidents are on the rise and the rate of incidents resulting in personal injury or wrongful death are higher than the national average.
In the wake of any auto accident in which you or a loved one has been injured, it is vital that you understand the importance of having legal representation. You will need to start by filing your claim, handling all of the details involved, including backing up your claim with supporting evidence. In most cases, you will be fighting the legal staff of an insurance company that is dedicated to minimizing your compensation. This can be difficult, stressful, and confusing when you are trying to recover from injuries. At Wooten, Davis, Hussell & Johnson, PLLC, we can manage the legal process using all of our know-how, skills, and accumulated resources that we have developed over 40 years to give your claim the best chance of a fair and just settlement or verdict.
Auto Accidents in West Virginia
Our firm handles all types of traffic accidents, including those involving passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, motorcycles, pedestrians, and bicycles.
These accidents are commonly caused by:
- Texting or using a cell phone while driving
- Other forms of distracted driving, such as adjusting in-car devices, dealing with children or pets, talking to passengers, eating, drinking, grooming, and more
- Drunk driving
- Failing to stop at traffic signals and signs
- Following too closely
- Weaving in and out of traffic lanes
- Failing to follow traffic laws
- Drowsy driving
Where a driver has engaged in any kind of negligent, careless, or reckless behavior, he or she can be held accountable for the damages incurred through a personal injury claim. Because West Virginia is a fault-based state, all drivers are responsible for being covered by auto insurance. This means that you will commonly be handling your claim through an insurance company. These companies generally engage in tactics designed to reduce their liability and thus reduce or even deny your compensation. That is why you should never give them recorded or written statements or allow them to convince you to sign any agreements without consulting an attorney who represents your interests instead of theirs.
Take Advantage of Our Experience & Resources
Ever advancing safety equipment and data-recording capabilities cause many drivers to be more casual about how they drive. It is true that these technologies make it easier to determine how an accident occurred. However, it is often the insurance company using the technology to its fullest scope. Don’t allow the insurance company to assess the details of your auto accident claim alone. You need a team who can interpret the data to protect your interests. At Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Johnson, PLLC, we have the scientific resources and experience to make sure you receive the settlement you deserve after an accident.
That settlement will be based on the extent of your injuries, how those injuries will impact your life and finances in the long run, the pain and suffering the accident and your injuries caused, your loss of wages or income, damage to your vehicle or other personal property, reduced earning ability, and possibly more. Our attorneys are adept and experienced in valuing these various losses and damages, especially in cases where catastrophic injuries or long-term disability may be involved.
Steps to Take After an Auto Accident
In the wake of any auto accident, ensure you get medical attention even if you believe you are not injured. It may take days for injuries to manifest and you want to be certain that you obtain the medical care needed to minimize physical problems. You will also need medical documentation as supporting evidence to your claim. While still at the scene of the accident, take photos if possible, as well as the contact information of the other driver and any witnesses. Document as much as you are able. Alert your own insurance company as to the accident with the facts only. Never admit fault.
Once this has been taken care of, seek legal representation from one of our West Virginia auto accident attorneys as soon as possible. We can answer your questions, address your concerns, and advise you on what to do and not do so as to avoid harming your case or compromising your right to maximum compensation.
Our firm can then begin the process of fully investigating your accident, building your claim against the other party and/or insurer, and negotiating for a fair and just settlement. In our 40 years of practice, we have built a strong reputation for favorable settlements and verdicts. Let us protect your rights and work to get the compensation you need to fully handle your current and future medical care needs, as well as other losses, so that you can move forward past this difficult experience.