If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you likely know how overwhelming it can be. Don’t give up hope. You have rights after being hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault. Our West Virginia car accident lawyers have been protecting the rights of car accident victims in Charleston, Dunbar, Huntington, and cities across the state for over 30 years. Our attorneys are here to guide you through the legal process and help you pursue the compensation you need from the insurance companies. Call us right now to find out how much your case is worth and how we can help!
Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident?
Help is just a phone call away! Our experienced car accident lawyers will fight for the money you deserve.
We’ll Take Care of Everything
Getting help is easy. All you have to do is call us. We want you to focus on your recovery while we take care of everything else!
We’ll Fight for What You Deserve
With our law firm on your side, you can trust your case is in good hands. Our attorneys have years of experience battling insurance companies and will fight for every penny you deserve for your injuries!
You Don’t Pay Unless We Win
Don’t think you can afford a lawyer? Our firm works on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you won’t have to pay us anything unless we win for you!
We’re Here for You During This Difficult Time
After being hurt in an accident, you’re likely facing immense challenges, such as expensive medical bills and property repair costs. Even worse, you may not have a way to pay for these expenses if your injuries prevent you from working. All too often, people who call our law firm are experiencing some of the worst days of their lives. Many of our clients desperately need someone they can trust to answer their questions and help them navigate the complex legal process.
At Stewart Bell, we understand what you’re going through and we want to help you tackle your challenges and win the justice you deserve. We’re a people-first law firm and will work hard to see you through this difficult time.
Did You Suffer Serious Injuries?
Our legal team has helped many of our clients who have suffered the common car accident injuries listed below get what they deserve. If you’ve suffered serious injuries, we may be able to help you too.
To walk away from a car accident without any broken bones is a rare occurrence. In fact, many of our clients deal with broken and fractured bones that can require surgery and months of pain and discomfort. Broken ribs are particularly common due to the position of the steering wheel.
The impact of a car accident can jerk a person’s head in unsafe directions, often causing it to collide with the side window or steering wheel. A severe hit to the head can result in a concussion or even a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Suffering head trauma is extremely dangerous, as it can lead to permanent disabilities.
Back and spinal cord injuries are among the most common types of car accident injuries. Even low-speed collisions can cause back injuries because the human body isn’t meant to absorb the impact of hitting another vehicle. From thoracic and lumbar spine injuries to herniated discs, a severe back or spinal cord injury can result in a permanent disability that affects your entire life.
You’ve likely heard the term “whiplash,” especially in regards to car accidents. That’s because many car accident victims suffer whiplash. A soft tissue injury to the neck and upper back, whiplash causes damage to the ligaments in your neck and back due to sudden, dramatic movements. It’s important to be examined by a medical professional after a car accident because symptoms associated with these kinds of injuries may not arise until later.
In the chaos of a car wreck, any loose items can become dangerous as they are thrown around your vehicle. Many times, people suffer cuts, scrapes, and even serious lacerations from flying objects and broken glass. If a laceration is deep enough, it can pose a serious threat to your health.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
There are many reasons why a car crash may happen. Below are some of the most common causes of wrecks we see every day. No matter how your accident occurred, if you were hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Distracted Driving
- Car Defects
- Driving Under the Influence
- Reckless Driving
Statute of Limitations in West Virginia
The statute of limitations is a law that governs the amount of time an individual has to file a lawsuit against the other party. However, the time limits vary from state to state. In West Virginia, a person can file a lawsuit within two years of their accident, according to USLaw.org.
Let’s say you were in an accident on US 119, a common spot for car wrecks in Charleston, and you injured your neck. However, you waited over a year to file an insurance claim. Your neck is still hurting but the insurance company isn’t offering you a fair amount for everything you’ve been through.
Now over two years have passed and you need to file a lawsuit because the insurance company isn’t treating you fairly. Unfortunately, you likely won’t be able to receive the compensation you deserve because you filed after the two-year deadline passed.
This is why it’s important to act quickly after your accident. Our attorneys know the laws that will affect your claim in West Virginia and can help make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines.
How to Prove Negligence
If you were injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you have a legal right to seek compensation. However, you will have to prove that the other party involved was responsible.
In order to prove fault, you must:
- Prove that the other party owed a duty of care.
- Prove that the other party breached that duty of care, acting with a wanton disregard for the safety of another person/property.
- Prove that your accident was a direct result of the other party’s carelessness.
- Prove that your injuries and other damages were a direct result of your accident.
Trying to prove negligence can be difficult without legal help. Our Charleston car accident lawyers are experts at building strong cases on behalf of our clients. We can help you demonstrate the other party’s careless actions so you have the best chance of receiving the compensation you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your actions after your accident can either support or damage your claim. For this reason, it’s important that you know how to proceed. Keep these tips in mind to protect any compensation you may be entitled to receive:
- Don’t apologize or admit fault.
- Seek medical attention and follow your doctor’s orders.
- Don’t sign anything from the other party’s insurance company.
- Contact our law office for help!
Definitely! It’s always important to call emergency responders, including the police after your accident. The police report can act as crucial evidence that may support your claim later on. Furthermore, the insurance adjuster handling your claim will likely use it to help them determine who was at fault in your accident, directly affecting the amount of compensation you may receive.
Every case is different so it’s difficult to know how much your case is worth without reviewing all of the facts first. When determining how much a client should be owed for their injuries and damages, we usually consider all of their property repair and medical bills, as well as any emotional or mental trauma their accident caused.
However, there are many factors that go into evaluating a case’s worth. If you’re wondering how much compensation you’re entitled to after an accident, call us today and we’ll figure it out together!
An attorney will not only make the complex legal process much easier for you and your family but also increase your chances of receiving the maximum amount of compensation you’re owed.
Without the help of an experienced attorney, you could risk losing out on money you deserve, as insurance companies often look for any way they can to pay injured victims as little as possible.
No two cases are the same so there is no one answer to this question. However, our attorneys work hard to settle our clients’ cases as quickly and efficiently as possible, all while maintaining an open line of communication so you’re always kept up to date on the status of your case.
The majority of car accident claims are able to be settled without a trial. However, if a fair settlement cannot be reached during the negotiation stage, you may need to file a lawsuit and take your case to court. If this becomes necessary, our knowledgeable trial lawyers are fully prepared to present your case. Backed by years of experience, we will fight for you and represent your best interests in and out of the courtroom.