Virginia Car Accident Attorneys

Representing Auto Accident Victims Since 1979

Are you a victim of negligent driving? You need seasoned car accident lawyers at your side to make sure your rights are protected, and the at-fault driver is held responsible. At Breit Cantor, our car collision team consists of seasoned Virginia car accident lawyers, experienced assistants, and full-time investigators. We have years of experience handling a wide variety of car accident cases and our record of success demonstrates our team’s effectiveness on behalf of the thousands of clients we have represented over the years.

With offices in Richmond & Virginia Beach, our attorneys have won several of the largest verdicts in Virginia history for our injury clients. Many of our larger verdicts and settlements have been in auto accident cases involving cars, trucks, vans, and commercial vehicles where juries found that negligence by another driver was the direct cause of our clients’ injuries.

Contact our firm now online or by phone at (855) 212-8200 to schedule a free case evaluation with our Virginia Beach and Richmond car accident attorneys.

Our car accident law firm has represented injured clients in a variety of auto accident cases, including those involving:

Every year, thousands of people are injured in serious car accidents on Virginia highways and roads. All too often, these accidents are caused by the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of other motorists. In the blink of an eye, your whole life can change—through no fault of your own.

If you or your loved one was seriously injured as a result of another driver’s negligence, we can help. Our Virginia car accident attorneys assist clients throughout the state from offices located in Virginia Beach and Richmond. Our award-winning attorneys have a proven track record of results, having successfully secured hundreds of millions for our clients since 1979. We are prepared to fight for the justice and fair recovery you are owed.

A History of Proven Results in Car Accident Trials & Negotiations

  • $60 Million: Head-on commercial vehicle collision resulting in traumatic brain injury.
  • $20 Million: Car crash resulting in traumatic brain injury.
  • $7.5 Million: City vehicle struck a pedestrian resulting in traumatic brain injury.
  • $6.5 Million: Tractor trailer crash resulting in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and left side paralysis.

Our firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our injured individuals and bereaved families, with 150+ verdicts and settlements larger than $1 million.

Breit Cantor has received recoveries in virtually every type of motor vehicle case, including automobile, tractor-trailer, bus, passenger van, and motorcycle collisions. Our car accident lawyers in Richmond and Virginia Beach have written numerous articles and lectured extensively regarding motor vehicle injury litigation, and one of our attorneys was an author of the book, Handling an Automobile Injury Negligence Case in Virginia.

If you were in a motor vehicle accident, we want to do our part to help you secure maximum compensation to aid your recovery process.

If you were in a motor vehicle accident, we want to do our part to help you secure maximum compensation to aid your recovery process.

Virginia Car Accident Statistics

One out of four drivers will be involved in a car accident in their lifetimes. In Virginia, there is one collision every three minutes. According to the Virginia DMV, in 2019 there were:

  • 128,172 car accidents
  • 827 fatalities
  • 65,708 injuries

Although the total number of car crashes decreased from 2018 numbers, fatalities increased.

The Federal Highway Administration claims Virginia is in the top 10 states for worst drivers. One of the main factors of crashes in Virginia is speeding; specifically, those going faster than 55 miles per hour.

Virginia Car Accident Law

Virginia is considered a fault state. This means if the other driver is responsible for causing the collision, he/she is responsible for paying you to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.

The following are three ways you can file a car accident claim in Virginia:

  • File a claim with your own insurer, if the losses are covered under your insurance policy (in this scenario, your insurance company will pursue a subrogation claim against the liable party’s insurer).
  • File a third-party claim directly with the liable party’s insurer.
  • File a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party.

Every vehicle owner must carry auto insurance with at least $25,000 in liability coverage for bodily injury or death of one person, $50,000 in liability coverage for total injury or death, or $20,000 in liability coverage for property damage per crash. While uninsured drivers can pay a $500 Uninsured Motor Vehicle fee to the state DMV to drive without carrying insurance, they will be liable for all damages they cause in the event of an accident.

But what happens if all parties involved in a collision shared fault? Since Virginia has a “contributory negligence” rule, this means if the injured party played a very small role in causing the crash, he/she cannot recover any compensation from the other driver.

However, Virginia’s car insurance law utilizes a “no-fault” principle where injured individuals are permitted to pursue damages even if he or she was mildly responsible for the crash. A driver can pay extra premiums to add on this personal injury protection (PIP) limit to their policy.

Understand Your Rights after an Auto Accident Injury

Determining the legal rights of someone injured in an automobile accident can be much more complex than many people realize. With every passing moment, proving fault grows into a more difficult and uncertain task—that’s why you need to call Breit Cantor. Our auto accident attorneys have the skill and experience to make sure your case’s evidence is gathered and preserved in time.

We’ve created a special PDF guide on
What the Insurance Company Doesn’t Want You to Know.

Liability in a Car Accident – Who Should I Sue?

To recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages, you must show that the other party is entirely at fault for the accident that led to your injuries. This can be incredibly difficult to do without the help of a skilled car accident attorney.

Since at-fault drivers and their insurance providers will do their best to shift the blame on victims, hiring an experienced Virginia car accident attorney can make a significant difference. Injured parties have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim in Virginia. For lawsuits involving damage to property, such as your vehicle, you must file within five years. In the case that a death occurs as a result of the other party’s negligence who caused the car accident, you will have two years from the date of the accident to file the wrongful death claim.

We look at common causes of car accidents that can be attributed to negligence, including but not limited to:

  • Distracted driving, such as cell phone use, texting, or eating while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol (DUI)
  • Reckless driving behaviors, such as excessive speeding or street racing
  • Fatigued driving, including falling asleep at the wheel
  • Illegal driving behaviors, such as running red lights, making illegal turns, etc.
  • Aggressive driving, tailgating, and road rage
  • Defective roadway construction and/or defective auto parts

Armed with our thorough investigations, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial and aggressively advocate for the full, fair recovery you need and deserve.

Lyft and Uber Auto Accidents in Virginia

Who is Responsible for Lyft and Uber Accidents in Virginia?

Every case is different, which is why it is essential that you follow the important “After an Accident” steps that we discuss above. In general, though, the three scenarios can give you a general idea of who is responsible for an accident.

If the rideshare app is off, the driver’s own auto insurance policy will be used to cover the damages. In the case that the app is on but the driver hasn’t accepted a ride request, the rideshare company offers a limited amount of coverage for the damages. If a rider is being picked up or in tow, the rideshare company’s insurance will be responsible for covering the damages associated with the accident.

What Are My Options as a Passenger?

As a rideshare passenger who suffers injury in an accident, your damages will be covered by the insurance of whoever was at fault. If the Uber or Lyft driver caused the accident, responsibility will be tied to the insurance company associated with the company. In the case that the other driver is responsible, their insurance will handle your damage claim.

Talk to a lawyer after the accident to discuss your case and determine what route you should take. Regardless of the circumstances, we can help you know your specific options and help you pursue full and fair compensation.

Common Misconceptions Regarding Car Accident Litigation

There are quite a few rumors and misunderstandings out there regarding how car accident claims work. Many drivers who have been in a collision are unpleasantly surprised to find out the truth about insurance coverage, fault, and other key components of a car accident case.

Some of these popular myths include:

  • “Full coverage” means full coverage. Many people think they have what they would refer to as “full coverage” when it comes to auto accidents, bodily injuries, etc. However, most insurance policies do not insure all losses and have specific financial caps, depending on the policy.
  • The other driver’s apparent fault will keep you from paying for anything. Even if it’s obvious to you that the other driver caused your accident, they could still manage to convince the court that you are partially responsible for the crash. You will need strong legal representation in order to make sure you are not unfairly held responsible for the accident.
  • I feel fine, so I don’t need to sue for damages. Many car accidents cause traumatic brain injuries and other soft tissue damage that can take hours, days, or even weeks to develop and become apparent. It is always smart to involve a lawyer from the get-go, even while you are still evaluating your mental and physical state after a collision.
  • You don’t need to begin legal proceedings right away. Don’t wait until the dust has settled to start taking action to protect yourself. A successful car accident case requires a great deal of research and investigation, which can be done most efficiently and accurately when done right after the accident. The state of Virginia allows you 2 years from the date of your accident to file a car accident claim, so do not wait to consult with a car accident lawyer in Virginia Beach or Richmond.

Why You Need the Representation of a Car Accident Lawyer in Virginia

A severe injury is a costly and life-changing event and it is difficult enough to get through without having to worry about going bankrupt. Unfortunately, many injury victims are put into that position due to the denial of claims by their insurance companies. If a claim isn’t denied, it is almost standard operating procedure for the insurers to offer settlements that are only a fraction of the initial claim.

In case after case, insurance companies have learned that facing Breit Cantor in a court of law is a costly and time-consuming effort—and often a losing one. Our prominent reputation as successful trial attorneys helps to ensure that insurance companies negotiate with our clients in good faith, always offering a fair and even-handed personal injury settlement to our clients.

Nowhere is this type of confident legal representation more essential than in car accident cases that result in serious injuries, such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, severe burns, and dismemberment. We are never surprised to hear new clients describe the treatment they’ve received from their insurance companies, which often resort to threats, coercion, deceit, and delay in their efforts to obtain the lowest settlements possible. Our auto crash lawyers know how to forcefully respond to such treatment through the legal system.

We also understand our client’s medical and financial needs. In addition to proving negligence resulted in an injury, our experts and specialists can develop a comprehensive life care plan for severe injuries to help ensure that our clients obtain the treatment they need and receive every penny of compensation they deserve.    

Fighting for a Favorable Outcome From Your Auto Accident 

At Breit Cantor, we are committed to preparing cases aggressively and thoroughly as if every case will proceed to trial. We can work directly with your physicians and other experts to understand all aspects of your injuries and to present your case in a powerful and compelling manner.

A financial settlement can help improve your future, making it easier for you to handle the damages you may have sustained as a result of a car crash. Damages could include:

  • Medical expenses (current and future)
  • Lost income and/or wages
  • Reduced or lost earning capacity
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental distress/trauma
  • Inconvenience
  • Property damage

In the event of wrongful death, financial recovery can assist the surviving members with medical expenses prior to death, funeral costs, loss of companionship, loss of projected earnings, emotional distress, and more.

You deserve to be provided for, with a secure future and a settlement that helps you move forward after damages. Let us help make that possible. Contact our car accident attorneys in Virginia Beach and Richmond today for a free consultation; call (855) 936-1747.    

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Experience The Breit Cantor Difference

  • Long tradition of success in court.
  • Over 300 years of combined legal experience.
  • Attorneys have been recognized among the most experienced trial lawyers in Virginia and the country.
  • Dedicated to providing our clients with the attention they deserve from start to finish.
  • No recovery, no legal fee!
  • Leadership roles in the legal community.
  • Secured some of the largest settlements in Virginia history.