Suffolk, Virginia is not as populated as the surrounding Hampton Roads cities, but in 2022, it still saw more than 1,600 car accidents with over 1,000 injuries and several fatalities. Car accidents, whether on a rural back road or along Route 460 or I-664, can be devastating and can hit anyone anytime. They can change your entire life permanently and instantly, causing lifelong injuries.
Whether you are in an accident on Route 17, Pruden Boulevard, or North Main Street, the Montagna Law car accident attorneys serving Suffolk are here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Let us work on recovering compensation while you work on recovering from your injuries.
Montagna Law has won millions in settlements, judgments, and verdicts for motor vehicle accidents over our more than 50 years of experience representing Virginia accident victims. Just a few of our victories include $750,000 for a car accident case, $995,000 for a truck accident, and $500,000 for a motor vehicle case.
From Norfolk to Virginia Beach, Hampton, and beyond, we are ready to fight for the damages you and your loved ones deserve. We treat every client like family and will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve when insurance companies try to bully you into insufficient settlements. Some of our attorneys serving Suffolk are listed among Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Virginia, the leading cause of car accidents in Suffolk, Virginia is speeding, followed closely by distracted driving. Other common causes of car crashes that our personal injury attorneys see include alcohol and drugs, weather conditions, and road hazards. Regardless of the cause, if you are in an accident that was not your fault, contact the VA car accident lawyers at our personal injury law firm for legal advice and tenacious legal representation today.
In 2022 alone, Virginia saw 24,877 speed-related crashes. These caused 441 fatalities and 13,051 injuries. Speeding, which can be considered a form of reckless driving depending on the speed, saw the highest number of crashes, fatalities, and injuries in Virginia in 2022.
Distracted driving includes everything from cell phone use to playing with the radio to reading, eating, or looking at the vanity mirror. In 2022, 10,676 people were injured and 95 killed in distracted driving cases in Virginia. Speeding was also a factor in 38 of the distracted driving fatalities.
The 6,910 alcohol-related crashes in Virginia in 2022 caused 274 fatalities. Alcohol-related crashes also resulted in 4,174 serious injuries. Three of these drunk driving fatalities occurred in Suffolk, which makes it the second leading factor for motor vehicle fatalities in the city.
Weather conditions can range from a light rain that creates slick conditions on the road to a torrential downpour that obscures sight. Snow and ice also cause tricky driving conditions. Drivers who do not adjust their driving for these conditions can be at fault if they cause an accident.
Much like weather conditions, road hazards present a danger that must be adapted to by drivers. They encompass everything from potholes, oil spills, loose gravel, and broken pavement. It does not matter whether you are on the highway or a rural road; drivers who do not adapt and who lose control, causing an accident, may be held accountable.
Car accidents can result in catastrophic injuries from shattered bones to invisible internal injuries, shock and trauma that never goes away, and even loss of limbs. Some of the more common types of personal injury claims we see include traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, neck and spinal injuries, and cuts and bruises.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can cause lifelong disability. They are often considered invisible injuries and leave you with emotional trauma, cognitive difficulties, loss of limb use, paralysis, and even uncontrollable mood swings that never seem to get better.
Broken bones sometimes heal within weeks. Other times, they can be severe enough that you never completely recover. Shattered bones can even result in limb paralysis that can last for life.
Neck and spinal injuries can involve soft tissue issues like whiplash, or they can affect the spine and nerves themselves. In severe spinal injury cases, you may be robbed of your mobility, resulting in paraplegia, quadriplegia, or full-body paralysis. Neck and spine injuries represent some of the most severe physical injuries a Suffolk personal injury lawyer can see.
Some bruises and cuts are superficial, but others can cause serious complications. Bruises on your internal organs can affect their functioning. Cuts to major arteries can be life-threatening and result in significant medical bills. Burns can range in their degree of severity and can cover the entirety of your body.
Virginia is a fault-based state for auto accidents. This means that an auto accident in Virginia is treated much like other forms of personal injury like defective products, medical malpractice, and premises liability, where you need to prove negligence to get compensated for the accident.
In Virginia, proving negligence for a car crash requires three elements. First, we must demonstrate that the other driver violated the basic duty of care that all drivers have to operate their vehicle in a responsible way so as not to put others in danger. Second, we must prove that their irresponsible acts led in some way to the accident, whether directly or proximately. Finally, we must make it clear that you were injured as a direct result of the accident.
Contributory negligence is why it is so important to have an attorney help you prove negligence in your case. Virginia’s laws are extremely harsh where negligence is concerned; it is one of only a few states that use pure contributory negligence. This means that if you are found to hold even one percent responsibility for the accident, you can be barred from collecting compensation.
Because Virginia uses pure contributory negligence, having someone in your corner who can fight back when the insurance adjuster tries to blame you for the accident is vital. You must build a comprehensive case to demonstrate that you are the victim and hold no blame. Only then will you be able to collect compensation for your lost wages and inability to work, pain and suffering, property damage, medical expenses, and funeral and burial expenses in the case of the wrongful death of a loved one.
Beyond that, fighting these battles can be highly stressful at a time when stress is the last thing you need. There is a two-year statute of limitations on Virginia car accident claims, so you have very little time to waste. The Suffolk car accident attorneys at Montagna Law will provide all the one-on-one personal attention required to get to know you and your case. We are deeply caring for every one of our clients, which is why we respond to clients quickly. When you work with Montagna Law, you have as much access to your attorney as you need. We can be a friendly ear and a tenacious ally right when you need it.
Your case is personal to us. Even better, you will not owe us a dime in legal fees if we do not win your case. We have years of experience and a track record of success, and we have won significant settlements for our clients in our five decades of fighting for the rights of Virginia injury victims. We are ready to fight to do the same for you. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation.
Montagna Law is a dedicated personal injury law firm serving Suffolk and all of Hampton Roads, with decades of experience and practice areas covering car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. We have logged thousands of miles visiting clients everywhere in Hampton Roads, including Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Norfolk, Hampton, Chesapeake, and beyond. Some of our attorneys are even listed as Super Lawyers in Virginia.
If you have been hurt in a Suffolk motor vehicle accident and suffered serious injuries, contact our law office for a free initial consultation with a Suffolk personal injury lawyer today. Do not try to fight for compensation alone. We have fought for the rights of victims in hundreds of personal injury cases, and we are ready to fight for you. Just call us at 877-622-8100 or fill out our easy online contact form to schedule your free consultation and case review.
Jon Montagna received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from American University in Washington D.C. and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1999. Jon practices law in the Hampton Roads Virginia area.