Morgantown Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents are not uncommon in Morgantown. During the latest reporting year in West Virginia, there were 269 fatalities and 1,381 severe injuries due to car accidents. Thousands more sustained less severe, but still costly injuries in car accidents. In the aftermath of a crash caused by another person’s negligence, you may need a Morgantown car accident attorney to help. Contact Tiano O’Dell, PLLC to discuss your case in a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Why you need an attorney after a car accident
If you have ever been involved in a car accident, then you know the insurance process can be complicated. It can become even more complex when there are injuries involved. In most cases, injured individuals do not have the experience or resources to go up against insurance carriers or other parties involved.
Your Morgantown, WV injury lawyer will be responsible for walking you through the process of a car accident injury case. Your attorney will:
- Obtain all evidence from the crash scene in order to help determine the other driver’s liability. This includes accident reports, video and photo surveillance from the scene, eyewitness statements, and more.
- Work to reconstruct the accident scene with the help of experts if necessary.
- Obtain your medical records and ensure they are evaluated by a trusted medical professional.
- Negotiate with all parties involved, including aggressive insurance carriers, to secure the compensation you need for all accident-related injuries.
- Prepare your case for trial if the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement.
Reasons for motor vehicle accidents
While there are countless reasons that car accidents occur, the following are some of the most common:
Alcohol and drug-impaired driving are a major concern on roadways in West Virginia. According to the CDC, an average of 120 drunk driving fatalities happen in West Virginia each year year.
The rise in technology has coincided with the rise in distracted driving. The most common causes of distracted driving in West Virginia include talking or texting on a cell phone, eating and driving, using a GPS for directions, changing the radio station, or personal grooming.
Driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as drunk or distracted driving. In many cases, people know they are too tired to drive yet choose to do so anyway. Fatigued drivers often swerve across lanes of traffic and run stop signs and stoplights.
Reckless driving includes a range of driving behaviors, including changing lanes without warning, driving too fast for conditions, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and more.
Compensation available after a car accident
There are various types of compensation available for victims of car accident injuries. This includes both economic and non-economic compensation, such as the following:
- Coverage of your medical bills (current and future)
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
When it comes to car insurance, West Virginia is an at-fault state. Anyone who is found to be 49% or less at fault in an accident is eligible to recover compensation. However, their compensation will be reduced based on their percentage of fault. For example, if a jury awards $10,000 in compensation, but a person is found to be 20% at fault, they will only receive $8000 in total compensation.
What to do after a car accident
A car accident can be a scary event. There are several steps you can take that will help preserve your claim and maximize your chances of a positive outcome:
- Call 911 emergency personnel can respond.
- Make sure anyone who is injured receives medical care, including yourself.
- Take photos of everything at the scene, including damages, injuries, traffic conditions, weather conditions, and more.
- Take notes on the details of the auto accident.
- Get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses.
- File an initial claim with your insurance carrier.
- Contact a skilled Morgantown car accident attorney immediately. You can contact Tiano O’Dell, PLLC for a free consultation by visiting us online or calling us at (304) 720-6700.