Auto Accident Questions
Attorneys representing Norfolk, Newport News, Roanoke & nearby areas of Virginia
What costs may I be entitled to recover after an auto accident?
If you have been involved in a car accident you may be entitled to recover compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Future medical costs
- Future lost wages
- Permanent injuries
- Property damage costs
- Rental car expenses
- Punitive damages.
Punitive damages are those intended to punish the negligent driver, and are awarded in cases involving willful and wanton conduct and cases where the at fault driver was drunk (DUI/DWI) or under the influence of Drugs (DUID).
What if I was partially at fault?
If your accident occurred in Virginia or NC and it can be shown that you were partially at fault for the accident, then you may be barred from recovering for your personal injuries and damages. It is important that you contact an experienced car wreck attorney before you speak to the insurance company. The insurance companies have representatives (adjusters) that are trained to ask you questions that may give the illusion that you may have some fault in the crash.
NEVER give a recorded statement without having an experienced accident attorney by your side.
Should I speak with the other driver's insurance company?
No. After your auto accident the other driver's insurance company will more than likely contact you in an effort to obtain a statement, recorded or otherwise. It is in your best interest to not speak with any insurance adjustor until you speak to an experience car accident attorney. Insurance adjusters are trained to ask you questions which can be construed to make you look like you have some fault in the accident. Insurance companies do not make money by paying claims, that is why they want to get your statement immediately following the wreck while you may still by under the effects of medication to try to make you say something against your best interests. Even if you do not realize how your statements may hinder your case, you should not speak to the insurance adjustor. Call the experienced car accident attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman.
What other steps should to ensure I receive the compensation I am entitled to?
Call the police and seek medical attention immediately. You should always get seen by a medical doctor to see if you have any internal injuries. Even if you do not think you are injured, your injuries may not be apparent to you. If possible, take pictures of the damage to the vehicles and the surrounding scene. Do not use a camera phone as the picture as usually small and will not look good when blown up for presentation purposes.
Get the names of any witnesses to the crash. Have your friends and family confirm the names and addresses of these witnesses.
Never miss a doctor's appointment. If you have to miss an appointment, call before the appointment and reschedule as soon as possible. Contact an well known car crash attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a loved has been involved in a car accident in Norfolk, Newport News, Roanoke, Hampton, Portsmouth, or Virginia Beach, VA please contact Kalfus & Nachman at (800) 361-0430 or complete the online questionnaire on this page today.