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Filing a Car Accident Claim in Virginia 

According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia Highway Safety Office, there were 118,498 auto accidents throughout the commonwealth in 2021. Of these accidents, more than 4,000 occurred within the jurisdiction of Norfolk City, resulting in 2,253 injuries and 28 fatalities. 

Sadly, these statistics are not uncommon. Every year, thousands of Virginians are injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents—and most of these accidents are entirely preventable. If you were injured or if your loved one passed away due to a car accident, and you believe someone else may be at fault, reach out to Kalfus & Nachman PC right away. Our Norfolk car accident lawyers can help you determine if you have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death case. We are ready to fight tirelessly for you. 

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Common Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents are among the leading causes of serious, catastrophic injury and death in the United States. 

Some of the most common types of injuries resulting from car accidents include: 

  • Broken bones/bone fractures
  • Bruises, contusions, abrasions, and lacerations
  • Head, shoulder, and neck injuries 
  • Soft tissue injuries 
  • Spinal cord injuries 
  • Traumatic brain injuries 
  • Traumatic amputation 
  • Whiplash 

These and other car accident-related injuries can have a serious impact on the victim’s life, as well as the lives of their loved ones. By filing a personal injury claim, the victim can seek fair compensation for their injury-related damages so that they can begin to heal. 

Determining Fault in Your Virginia Car Accident Claim 

Virginia is one of very few states to still follow the strict rule of contributory negligence. Under this rule, you may not recover compensation after an accident for which you were even minorly at fault. If the insurance adjuster argues that you were just one percent to blame, you could be barred from recovering compensation for your injuries and related damages. For this reason, it is extremely important that you work with an experienced car accident lawyer who can prove the fault of the other driver (or another third party). 

To determine fault in your car accident claim, our team may: 

  • Work with accident reconstruction experts to determine how the crash occurred 
  • Evaluate evidence from the scene of the accident, such as tire marks 
  • Get your account of what happened and talk to any eyewitnesses who saw the crash
  • Review images or video footage (if available) from the crash 
  • Engage in the testimony of expert witnesses with expertise in this area

We know how to build powerful, evidence-based claims for our clients. Our meticulous approach to case preparation and our aggressive client advocacy have helped us recover millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts. 

Damages in Car Accident Claims 

The potential value of your claim depends on many factors, but there are certain types of damages you may be entitled to recover, depending on the specific details of your case. 

Common damages in car accident claims include:

  • Past, current, and future medical expenses
  • Past, current, and future pain and suffering
  • Past, current, and future lost income/wages
  • Loss of earning ability/inability to obtain gainful employment
  • Emotional distress and trauma 
  • Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses associated with the accident 

Though rare, punitive damages can also be recovered if it can be proven that the defendant acted with gross negligence, egregious misconduct, or intent to cause injury or harm. 

How Our Car Accident Lawyers Can Help You with Your Case 

At Kalfus & Nachman PC, we help our clients with every aspect of the legal process. We know that this is a difficult time in your life, which is why we take the time to meet with you, listen to your story, and share how we can help you move forward. 
As your legal team, we are committed to advocating for you and the fair compensation you deserve. We can put together a case on your behalf, communicate with the insurance company so you don’t have to, negotiate for a fair settlement, and, if necessary, represent you at trial. 


For a free, no-obligation consultation, call (855) 880-8163 today.


Car Accident FAQ

What evidence should I gather after my accident?

If you were involved in a car accident, you should try to gather as much evidence as possible. If you can, take pictures at the scene of the accident. Document your injuries and keep a record of your medical appointments, keep a record of how your injuries have affected your life, and ask for copies of your medical records and the police report. If anyone witnessed the accident, try to get their name and contact information, and be sure to get the name, insurance information, and contact information of the other driver(s) involved. You should give all this (and any other evidence you have) to your attorney.

What if the driver who hit me fled the scene?

If the other driver fled the scene, you should notify the police immediately. Known as a “hit and run,” this is a crime in Virginia. If you were able to get any information about the other driver—such as their general appearance, the make and model of their vehicle, or even the vehicle’s license plate number—the police may be able to locate them. Even if the police do not locate the hit-and-run driver, you could still have several options when it comes to recovering compensation. Contact our firm today to learn more.

How long after an accident can I file a claim?

Most insurance companies require you to file a claim within a few days to a couple of weeks after the accident. There may be some exceptions, including if you were hospitalized. However, you have two years from the date of the accident (in most cases) to file a car accident lawsuit in Virginia. Though this may seem like a long time, it can pass quickly. Over time, evidence can be lost and memories can fade. The sooner you contact Kalfus & Nachman PC, the sooner we can begin building your case.

What should I say to the insurance company after an accident?

We recommend that you avoid saying anything to the insurance company after the accident. The insurance adjuster may use something you say against you. You could accidentally admit fault, which could bar you from recovering compensation, or you could imply that your injuries are not that serious, which may lead to a lower settlement offer. The best thing to do is to avoid speaking to the insurance company at all until you have first spoken to a lawyer.
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