What Are Your Rights After A Car Crash? Find Out!

At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, we know that after a car crash you have questions. We know that you need to get professional medical care and may have lost wages from missing work. You may have medical bills that still need to be paid.

We want to begin by answering the most frequently asked questions. When you work with us, we invest in your success, both your healing and in attaining the financial compensation you need to move forward. We know that the outcome of your case affects you, your family and the rest of your life. We therefore give your case the attention and dedication it deserves. Call 540-904-1621 to speak with us about your case in a free consultation.

Do I need a lawyer for a car accident?

You are not required to work with an attorney. However, by working with an attorney who understands how these cases works and what your case is most likely worth, you put yourself in a better position to demand maximum compensation. We are trial attorneys. This means we understand the value of agile negotiation. It also means the insurance company understands that we will take them to trial if they do not offer a reasonable settlement.

What can I recover from a car accident?

Every accident and every injury is different. What matters is that you understand the true cost of the injury and lost work, and medical care, and that you pursue the maximum. The No. 1 mistake is not knowing what your injury is worth and accepting nothing or far too little.

Why should I hire a car accident lawyer?

Studies show that having an attorney negotiate or take your case to court is in your best interest financially. It may also be of benefit to you to have someone else do the work of getting the evidence together, explaining your rights and options and taking care of the negotiations or trial. Working with an established and proven attorney allows you to rest and recover, and can give you and your family peace of mind.

What can I recover in a car accident?

This depends on the severity of your injuries and the behavior of the liable and negligent party. In some cases, you may pursue compensation for:

  • All of your medical expenses
  • Damage or loss of your vehicle
  • Lost wages or income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Cost for equipment necessary for your recovery
  • Cost for care needed to heal, such as various therapies

Each case is different. It is important to speak with an attorney who works in personal injury cases to fully understand what is available to you after your car crash.

What are common car accident injuries?

Injuries vary depending on the types of vehicles, speeds and location of the crash. The most common injuries in a car crash are: whiplash, back injuries, broken wrists and ankles, sprains, strains, bruising and other soft tissue damage. Serious car accidents can cause broken legs, spine fractures and traumatic brain injuries.

How does the car accident settlement process work?

After the accident, and after you have been seen my a medical professional and have contacted your insurance company, you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney. It’s important that you fully understand your rights before signing anything the insurance company provides. Do not sign anything yet, but give your insurance company an accident report.

In general, your attorney will then:

  1. Send a demand letter to the insurance company (insurance claim letter).
  2. Negotiate on your behalf. In over 90% of cases, a settlement is reached. The insurance company may accept the offer or counter offer. This back and forth may happen a couple of times.
  3. Pursue your case in court if a settlement agreement is not reached.

Often the insurance company will settle days or hours before the court case.

  1. If no settlement is reached then the case proceeds and a trial begins.
  2. There may be an appeal after the trial concludes.

Again, speaking with an attorney can only help you. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., we charge no up-front fee for our services. Instead, we get paid only if we take your case and win a settlement or verdict. In this case, we will take an agreed-upon percentage of what you are paid. Nothing comes out of your pocket to pay us before a settlement or verdict.

A Team With Decades Of Experience

Our attorneys have 75 combined years of experience. Our senior partners, C. Richard Cranwell and H. Keith Moore, are both members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious group of trial lawyers that limits membership to attorneys who have won million and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements. Call 540-904-1621 or toll-free at 888-635-6304 to set up your free consultation. You can also connect with us via our online contact form. Our Vinton law office serves injured people throughout the entire Roanoke area.