Top Causes of Car Accidents in Norfolk and How to Respond

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

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.

Reckless Driving

Motorists who disregard traffic signs, speed limits and other rules of the road contribute significantly to the number of accidents on Norfolk roads.

Drunk Driving

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.

Mechanical Failure

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:

Ensure Safety

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.

Gather Evidence

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.

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