Charleston Car Accident Lawyers
If You've Been Injured, Call for a Free Consultation!
If you or someone you love has recently been involved in a car accident as a result of another person's negligent behavior, you may be entitled to compensation. At Berthold Law Firm, PLLC our attorneys are very familiar with the severity of the injuries which can occur as a result of an auto accident, as well as the cost associated with medical treatments.
You may not be able to work for a period of time, which leads to the loss of income and potentially the loss of enjoyment of life. We are here to support you during your time of need and offer assistance in filing a claim. You can count on us to provide you with sound legal guidance and representation.
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Handling All Types of Auto Accident Claims in Charleston, WV
The causes of car accidents are almost as varied as their effects, though most collisions are caused in whole or in part by some form of driver negligence. Our team of skilled attorneys can review all evidence related to your collision and ensure the responsible parties are held accountable.
Our Charleston car accident lawyers handle all types of car accident claims, including:
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Hit and run accidents
- Multi-vehicle collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Reckless driving accidents
- Side-impact collisions
- Speeding accidents
- Snow and ice accidents
- Texting while driving accidents
- Uninsured and underinsured accidents
How Much Is a Car Accident Claim Worth?
There are a number of factors that go into determining the value of a car accident injury claim:
- Severity of the injury
- Cost of medical treatment and therapy
- Lost wages or inability to work
- Loss of quality of life
Unfortunately, these factors are widely interpreted by different legal counsel, judges, and juries. Our attorneys use their extensive experience and legal knowledge to help you determine the value of your case and fight diligently on your behalf so that you receive the maximum compensation possible.
If you suffered any type of injury after an auto accident, contact us as soon as possible!
As established under West Virginia Code section 55-7-13c, West Virginia follows a modified comparative negligence rule which states that an injured party’s eligible damages after a car accident will be reduced by their share of fault for the collision. In other words, if you are found to be 20% at fault for your crash and have incurred losses totaling $10,000, you will only be able to recover $8,000 worth of damages ($10,000 less 20%). If you are found to be more than 50% at fault for your collision, you will not be eligible to recover any compensation in court.
Insurance companies are well versed in this law and will likely attempt to blame you for the collision to avoid paying you a fair settlement. Our skilled attorneys can review the details of your case and ensure your rights are protected throughout all stages of your claim.
What to Do After a Car Accident
If you have been involved in a collision in Charleston, be sure to do the following:
- Stop and render aid to any injured parties – never leave the scene before being permitted to do so by law enforcement
- Call the police and report the crash, even if there appear to be no serious injuries
- Tell the police exactly what happened and avoid any uncertain or speculative statements
- Take photographs of all damage, injuries, tire marks, traffic patterns, and other details
- Exchange names, contact information, and insurance information with all involved drivers
- Notify your insurance company of the crash as soon as possible
- Seek medical attention, even if you feel fine
Car Accident Statute of Limitations
Many people injured in car accidents do not realize they have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. This strict deadline is known as a “statute of limitations.” UnderWest Virginia Code section 55-2-12, personal injury and property damage claims related to car accidents must be filed within two years of the collision to be admissible in court. Filing a claim after this statute of limitations has expired will usually result in a claim being dismissed, thereby permanently preventing you from seeking damages for your injuries. For this reason, it is imperative you speak to an attorney as soon as possible after your collision to protect your legal rights and ensure you adhere to all applicable deadlines.
What if I Don’t Notice My Injuries Right Away?
In most circumstances, you know right away if you have been injured. If you suffered a cut or a scrape, you might notice blood, or if you broke a bone, you could be unable to walk or move your arm or leg. Unfortunately, many people injured in car accidents do not realize they were injured until days or even weeks after the accident.
This is because some injuries like head, neck or soft tissue injuries may not manifest their symptoms until the initial adrenaline and shock have worn off. You should always consult with your doctor after a car accident, even if you do not feel like you are injured. Fortunately, if you didn’t initially seek medical attention after your accident, you could still file a personal injury claim. Our knowledgeable car accident lawyers in Charleston, West Virginia have helped many victims injured by negligent drivers recover compensation for their injuries.
Can I File a Car Accident Claim After Insurance Pays?
Since most insurance companies include in their settlements that no additional compensation will be paid out after the settlement amount, once you sign a settlement agreement it can be very difficult to recover more compensation. This is true even if you discover your injuries are more severe than you initially thought. If an insurance company has offered you a settlement, or if you have already signed a settlement call our firm today to discuss your case with our qualified auto accident lawyer Charleston, WV.
Hire Our Firm to Fight for Compensation on Your Behalf
If you would like to have a auto accident lawyer Charleston, WV and legal team on your side who will fight on your behalf, you have come to the right place. At Berthold Law Firm, PLLC we have provided representation to clients in Charleston and throughout all of West Virginia and have successfully recovered millions of dollars. Throughout our years in practice, we have earned a reputation for being results-oriented and for obtaining successful outcomes for our clients. We are extremely compassionate and empathetic towards what you are going through, so you can rest assured your case is in caring hands.
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