Understanding Car Accidents in Norfolk
Motor vehicle accidents are no stranger to Norfolk roads. While some accidents are minor, others result in significant damage, severe injuries, or even loss of life. At The Law Office of B. Patrick Agnew PLLC, we see firsthand the consequences of these unfortunate incidents. Hence, we see the need for everyone to understand the common causes of these accidents and how best to respond in the unfortunate event of an accident.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Norfolk
From our observation in handling many personal injury cases arising from motor vehicle accidents, we have identified the top causes in Norfolk, which include the following:
Distracted driving tops the list of causes of car accidents in Norfolk. This involves any activity that diverts a driver’s attention from the road, including using a cell phone, eating, or adjusting the radio.
Motorists who disregard traffic signs, speed limits and other rules of the road contribute significantly to the number of accidents on Norfolk roads.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs significantly impairs a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely, leading to numerous accidents.
Poor Weather Conditions
Occasionally, weather conditions such as heavy rainfall, snow, or fog can affect visibility, making roads slippery and increasing the likelihood of an accident.
Vehicle-related factors such as tire blowouts, brake failures, or engine problems can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle, leading to an accident.
How to Respond to a Car Accident
Car accidents, even minor ones, can be a jarring experience. Knowing how to appropriately respond can protect your rights and improve your chances of securing just compensation for damages suffered. Here’s how:
After an accident, the first thing to do is to ensure your safety and that of others if possible. Move to a safe area, if able, to prevent further accidents.
Report the Incident
Call the police, even if the accident seems minor. Some injuries or damages may not be apparent immediately but could manifest later.
Seek Medical Attention
Get checked by a doctor, even if you do not feel pain immediately. Follow the doctor’s advice and keep a record of all medical reports and bills as they may prove essential when claiming compensation.
Collect as much evidence as you can from the accident scene, such as photos of your vehicle and others involved, your injuries, and the overall scene.
Notify Your Insurer
Promptly inform your insurance company about the accident to enable them to start processing any claims.
Engage a Lawyer
Consult with a personal injury attorney from a reputable firm such as The Law Office of B. Patrick Agnew PLLC. An attorney can guide you through the legal process and ensure your rights are protected.
Legal Support Following a Car Accident
For over 20 years, our office, led by B. Patrick Agnew, has been representing individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents in Norfolk. We understand the complexities and nuances of Virginia accident laws and can fight for the rightful compensation you deserve. To close the gap between basic law understanding and actual legal representation, we recommend the free legal resource, Free Legal Answers Virginia.
In the unfortunate event of a car accident, The Law Office of B. Patrick Agnew PLLC stands ready to advocate for you and secure justice on your behalf.