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
- Distracted driving
- 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 West Virginia Law Firm's Experience & Resources
Car accidents can be devastating and can have a long-lasting impact on your life. If you have been seriously injured in a vehicle or car accident, it is important to understand the benefits of hiring an experienced West Virginia car accident lawyer. Our law firm can help you navigate the complex legal system and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
We can help you deal with the insurance company and negotiate a fair settlement and work with medical professionals to determine the true extent of your injuries to ensure that all of your medical bills are covered. Let our legal team provide the support and guidance you need during this difficult time while you focus on your recovery.
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 a Car 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.
Understanding the Importance of Hiring an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience, and dealing with the aftermath can be overwhelming. That's why it's crucial to have an experienced car accident lawyer by your side to guide you through the legal process and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Here are a few reasons why hiring a car accident lawyer is essential:
- Knowledge of the Law: Car accident laws can be complex and vary from state to state. An experienced lawyer will have in-depth knowledge of the laws specific to West Virginia and can navigate the legal system on your behalf.
- Investigation and Evidence Gathering: A skilled car accident lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation to gather evidence, such as police reports, witness statements, and medical records. This evidence is crucial in building a strong case and proving liability.
- Negotiating with Insurance Companies: Insurance companies often try to settle car accident claims for the lowest possible amount. An experienced lawyer knows how to negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
- Representation in Court: If your case goes to court, having a car accident lawyer who is familiar with the litigation process can significantly increase your chances of a successful outcome. They will present your case effectively and fight for your rights in front of a judge and jury.
- Peace of Mind: Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be stressful and time-consuming. By hiring a car accident lawyer, you can focus on your recovery while knowing that a legal professional is handling all the legal aspects of your case.
At Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Johnson, PLLC, our team of experienced car accident lawyers is dedicated to helping clients in Beckley, Charleston, Lewisburg, and throughout West Virginia. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can assist you in pursuing maximum compensation for your injuries and damages.