After a crash, injured victims often ask me about the average settlement for a car accident in Virginia. It’s impossible to give an accurate number since most settlement agreements take place privately between the at-fault driver’s insurance company and the victim’s attorney.
That said, I have recently handled cases with minor injuries that settled for around $20,000 and others with moderate to severe injuries that settled for around $200,000. The amount you recover depends on factors like the extent of your injuries, your financial losses, and the circumstances of the collision.
I’m Ed Atkinson, and as an experienced Virginia car accident lawyer, I can help you estimate your damages during a free, no-obligation consultation.
What Damages Could I Recover After a Virginia Car Accident?
If someone else’s negligence caused an accident that led to your injuries, you might be eligible for a wide range of damages.
While every case is unique, I typically help car accident victims pursue damages like:
- Medical expenses: This includes emergency medical treatment, hospitalization, surgeries, physical therapy, medication, and rehabilitation.
- Lost income: Your injuries may prevent you from working during your recovery or reduce your earning potential if you are unable to return to the same job.
- Property damage: This typically refers to repair or replacement costs for any property damaged in the accident, like your vehicle and personal items.
- Pain and suffering: This broad category aims to compensate you for physical suffering and emotional distress. If your injuries result in a permanent disability, you could seek damages like loss of enjoyment of life.
- Wrongful death: You might qualify for wrongful death compensation if you lost a loved one in a fatal accident resulting from someone else’s negligence. While nothing could ever truly compensate you, you could recover money for funeral expenses and the emotional toll of losing a loved one.
- Punitive damages: In cases involving extreme negligence, like drunk driving, I will seek punitive damages in addition to the above compensatory damages.
As your personal injury lawyer, I will pursue compensation through insurance negotiations or the court system to cover both your present and future accident-related losses. I have a proven track record of success and will work tirelessly to get you a fair settlement or court award.
For a free legal consultation, call 757-648-8579
How Is Pain and Suffering Calculated in Virginia?
The multiplier method is often used to calculate a very rough estimate for a motor vehicle accident settlement amount, with many factors at play. This method involves multiplying the victim’s economic losses, such as medical bills and lost wages, by a number between one and five.
An experienced attorney like me determines an appropriate multiplier based on the circumstances of the case and the extent of the victim’s damages.
The more severe the injuries and their impact on your life, the higher the multiplier that will be applied. For example, if your economic losses total $100,000, applying a multiplier of three would result in a total settlement value of $300,000. Additionally, intoxicated driving is a major factor in determining a settlement value because a jury may determine punitive damages are appropriate to deter the driver from repeat offenses.
How Can I Maximize My Auto Accident Settlement?
If you’ve been involved in a collision, what you do in the minutes, hours, and weeks after the accident can significantly impact the outcome of your settlement.
Here are some important steps to take:
- Seek medical attention: Your health should be your top priority. Even if your injuries seem minor, seek medical care immediately. This crucial step not only ensures your well-being but also establishes a record of your injuries.
- Document everything: Keep thorough records of the accident, including photographs of the scene, vehicle damage, and any visible injuries. Collect witness contact information and take note of the location and road conditions.
- Contact the police: Always report the accident to the police. I can obtain a copy of the police report, which can serve as crucial evidence in your case.
- Exchange information: Exchange contact and insurance information with the other party involved. Be sure to get contact details from any witnesses.
- Keep records of your expenses: Maintain records of all medical treatments, missed work, and other costs related to the accident. This documentation strengthens your case for financial compensation.
- Follow medical advice: Attend all recommended medical appointments and follow your doctor’s orders. Doing so helps demonstrate the severity of your injuries and their impact on your life.
- Limit communication with insurers: Be cautious when communicating with insurance companies. They may try to pressure you to make a recorded statement or accept a lowball settlement. Don’t let them take advantage of you!
- Consult with an attorney: Seeking legal advice early in the process is vital. As an experienced Norfolk car accident lawyer, I can guide you through the personal injury claims process, negotiate with insurers, and help you build a strong case. If the insurance company refuses to pay you what is fair, I will gladly take your case to court.
Even if you’ve made a few mistakes along the way, seeking professional guidance from an attorney can help you navigate the insurance claim or legal process effectively going forward.
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Contact Atkinson Law for a Free, Zero-Risk Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to another party’s negligence, you deserve justice. As a personal injury attorney with 15 years of experience, I know the physical and emotional toll accidents take on victims and their families. I am here to protect your rights and pursue the highest settlement amount possible.
I understand you may be unsure whether your case qualifies for compensation, which is why I offer free consultations with no risk or obligation. Your initial consultation is free, and you pay nothing unless I win your case. My fee comes from your final settlement or court award.
Contact Atkinson Law today to get started. I will gladly travel to meet you, or we can discuss your case over the phone.