Auto Accident

3 Parties That Can Be Invaluable for Your Auto Accident Claim

by Staff Blogger | July 19th, 2018

Whether you’re pursuing a claim on your own or with the help of an attorney, one of the first things you’ll realize is that the burden of proof falls on you. That means you must prove to the insurance company that you weren’t at fault for the crash, that your injuries are real, and that your injuries are linked to the accident.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are often skeptical of car accident claims right away. That’s because they’re eager to both protect their profits and avoid paying out money to people who are trying to commit insurance fraud.

Thankfully, there are other parties you may be able to lean on during this time who can help you establish the facts of your case and increase your chances of getting full compensation. Those parties include:

  1. The responding police officer—When you call 911 after an auto accident in Virginia, a police officer will be dispatched to the scene. He or she will survey the accident and create a report of what happened. That information can serve as evidence to support your claim.
  2. The witnesses who saw the crash happen—Statements from neutral third parties can help prove who was at fault for your crash and establish your innocence.
  3. The healthcare professionals who treated you after the crash—Getting immediate medical attention is important not only for protecting your health, but also for protecting your rights. The doctors and nurses who treat you will create a record of your injuries, and that can be used to directly link your injuries to the crash.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke car accident attorneys utilize all relevant parties and information as we fight to get victims the compensation they deserve after a crash. Call us today for a free consultation.

3 Reasons to Get a Lawyer After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | June 7th, 2018

If you were recently involved in a car crash, you have a lot of things on your mind, including when you and your loved ones will get better, how you’ll pay for your medical bills, and how soon you can go back to work.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke car accident lawyers know how difficult the days, weeks, and months after crashes are for victims and their families. That’s why we do everything we can to make this time as easy as possible for our clients.

You have enough on your mind after a crash that wasn’t your fault. Get in touch with us today and let us take some of the stress of the accident off your shoulders by assisting in the following ways:

  1. We’ll handle communication with the insurance company—Every time car accident victims speak with insurance adjusters, they risk losing their chances of pursuing compensation. That’s because adjusters are trained to use victims’ words against them to reduce or deny payments.
  2. We’ll gather and present paperwork on your behalf—When you’re recovering after a car accident, the last thing you want to do is hunt down police records and medical reports. Leave that up to our legal team while you focus on getting better.
  3. We’ll negotiate to get you maximum compensation—Insurance companies frequently offer victims “lowball” settlements that aren’t enough to pay for their accident-related expenses. You can count on us to calculate how much the accident cost you and to fight to get you that full amount.

We’re ready to help you move forward with your life after your car accident. Call today for a free consultation.

Write Down What Happened After Your Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | May 3rd, 2018

Being able to recall events, people, and places is one of the most unique and powerful gifts of the human mind. But our memories aren’t always perfect—especially when we try to recall traumatic or painful events we were involved in.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke car accident lawyers know that victims’ memories are powerful tools when we build claims to help them get compensation. However, we also know that they can be faulty and unreliable when details are recalled weeks, months, or even years after crashes occur.

That’s why we always recommend that victims write down the following information as soon as they’re able after accidents:

  • The events leading up to the crash — It can be difficult to remember precisely what happened in the minutes or seconds before an accident, but that information can be vital for your case. Details such as the lane you were traveling in, whether you had a green light or the right of way at a stop sign, and general traffic conditions can help paint a more accurate picture of what happened.
  • Contact information for the other driver and witnesses — Finding others who were involved in the crash or who saw it happen can be difficult after you’ve left the scene. If you’re able to do so, get contact information from anyone nearby before you leave the scene of the accident. You should also write down license plate numbers of vehicles that were involved.

The more information you can provide in the immediate aftermath of your crash, the better. When your memories match up well with witness statements and other pieces of evidence, it becomes more difficult for the insurance company to deny you the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation, and let us get to work for you.

Don’t Jeopardize Your Auto Accident Claim by Making These Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | April 5th, 2018

When you’ve been hurt in a crash, all you want is to get better and get back to your normal life. But at Skolrood Law Firm, we know that’s not always possible for many victims—at least, not right away. There’s often a prolonged recovery period, and many victims face expensive medical bills that they can’t afford, as their injuries prevent them from working for weeks, months, and in some cases, even years.

If your crash wasn’t your fault, you can file a claim for compensation for your accident-related expenses. Contacting an experienced Roanoke car accident lawyer is a great place to start to protect your rights and give you the upper hand against the insurance company.

However, it’s important to note that even with an experienced and determined legal team on your side, the insurance company and its team of adjusters may still watch you closely to reduce or even deny your claim. That can happen when victims inadvertently make common mistakes, which include:

  • Admitting fault for the crash – Whether it’s to the police, the other driver, witnesses, or on social media, admitting fault for an accident can immediately jeopardize your chances of getting compensation—even if further investigation proves you didn’t cause the accident.
  • Accepting an initial settlement offer – A common tactic insurance companies use relies on taking advantage of victims’ shock and worry about their expenses. They frequently offer lowball settlements in the days or weeks after crashes, but when victims accept, the terms of the settlement preclude them from pursuing additional compensation in the future.

Don’t leave your future and your ability to pursue maximum compensation up to chance. Get a legal team you can trust on your side, and let us guide you through the legal process. Call today for a free consultation.

3 Phone Calls to Make After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | March 8th, 2018

Being involved in a car accident can have physical, financial, and legal ramifications. Getting those ramifications under control immediately after your accident can seem overwhelming, but making these three phone calls can help you protect your health and your rights:

  1. 911 – Virginia law requires that all auto accidents involving property damage or injuries be reported to police. Always call 911 after an accident and wait for police to arrive and create a report of the crash before leaving the scene. If you’re injured, you may be treated at the accident scene by emergency responders or transported to a nearby hospital.
  2. Your insurance provider – Auto insurers require that their policyholders notify them of accidents shortly after they occur—often within one week or less. Waiting too long can jeopardize your chances of getting compensation. Always call as soon as you’re able, but keep the conversation brief and stick to the facts.
  3. An auto accident law firm – It’s important to begin protecting your legal rights as soon as possible after a crash, as the insurance company will begin preparing its defense against paying you the money you deserve. The sooner a law firm can take on your claim, the sooner your attorneys will be able to collect evidence to support your claim.

The Roanoke car accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm have helped many people who were hurt in crashes that were caused by negligent drivers, and we know what you’re going through. Call us today for a free consultation, and let us put our experience to work for you and your family.

2 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

by Staff Blogger | January 4th, 2018

Many parts of Virginia, including Roanoke, have seen extremely low temperatures in recent days. When temperatures dip below freezing, ice can form on roads and bridges, making routine drives and commutes treacherous and much more likely to result in serious accidents.

There are many safety precautions you can take in all types of weather to protect yourself while driving. But you can further reduce your risk of being involved in an accident and prepare your vehicle for emergency situations this winter by following these tips:

  1. Pack emergency supplies – Winter weather can worsen significantly in a matter of minutes—often with little to no warning. Motorists throughout the U.S. may get stuck or stranded in their vehicles in extreme situations. Stock your car with emergency supplies, including water, food, blankets, and a change of clothing in the event you get trapped in your vehicle.
  2. Replace your unreliable, old, or corroded battery – Cold weather can significantly reduce a car battery’s performance, and in some cases, batteries may even fail when temperatures dip below freezing. If your battery is old or leaking, replace it with an all-weather model as soon as possible.

The Roanoke car accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm know that the challenges drivers face during the winter are different and more dangerous than at any other time of year. We also know that when other motorists don’t take those threats and risks seriously, accidents can happen.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash that was caused by a negligent driver, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Winter Driving Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | November 30th, 2017

Winter is almost here, and that means roads throughout Virginia will become slick and icy. Loss of traction is one of the biggest causes of auto accidents, so it’s important to prepare yourself and your vehicle for driving in inclement weather.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke car accident attorneys know that the risks of car crashes increase when the weather is bad—especially when it affects roadways. Rain, snow, fog, and ice are all common during the winter months, and knowing how to drive in those conditions can help you avoid accidents.

Here are a few tips you can follow to keep yourself and your loved ones safe:

  • Check your tires. Your tires are the most vital components on your vehicle in all weather, but especially during winter weather. Make sure they are properly inflated, and replace them immediately if they appear worn or damaged.
  • Replace burned out lights. Lights are also critical when visibility is reduced, which is common during rain, snow, sleet, and fog. Check your lights frequently and replace them as soon as they begin to dim or burn out.
  • Don’t panic if you lose traction. Losing traction when driving over wet or icy spots can be scary, but it’s important to stay calm. Take your foot off the gas or brake, keep your hands on the wheel, and allow your vehicle to coast until you regain control.

Unfortunately, other drivers remain one of the primary causes of accidents, and they don’t always follow those safety tips. If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash that was caused by another driver, we’re here to help. Call today for free consultation.

3 Reasons to Act Fast After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | November 16th, 2017

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that many auto accident victims are disoriented, frightened, and hurting after crashes. Their priority is making sure that they and their loved ones are okay. Worrying about how insurance companies will view their injuries or their injury claims is often the furthest thing from their minds.

Our Roanoke car accident lawyers are dedicated to taking as much stress off the shoulders of auto accident victims as possible, and it’s our job to do the heavy lifting while our clients focus on getting better. But we also know that clients who act quickly after their crashes often have better outcomes. Here’s why:

  1. Evidence can disappear. Everything from traffic camera footage to crash debris to reliable memories of what happened can all fade or disappear in the days and weeks after a crash.
  2. Injuries can worsen or change. It’s important to visit a doctor or go to a hospital immediately after an accident. In addition to treating your injuries, a healthcare professional can also rule out internal injuries and create a medical record related to the accident.
  3. Statutes of limitations can expire. Auto accident injury claims have a limited shelf life. If you wait too long to contact an attorney and file a claim, you may lose your chance to do so.

Calling a lawyer may not be high on your list of priorities when you’re still recovering from an accident, but having a legal advocate on your side can help you handle the insurance company while you focus on getting better. Call today for a free consultation.

Don’t Become a Daylight Saving Time Statistic.

by Staff Blogger | October 12th, 2017

For many people, rolling back their clocks in the fall is a welcome relief. It means an extra hour of sleep and earlier sunrises, making it easier to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. However, gaining an hour in the morning also means an earlier sunset in the evening. And while that may seem like a minor inconvenience, studies have shown that it can lead to an increase in car accidents.

With daylight saving time set to end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, there’s still plenty of time to prepare yourself and your loved ones for the potentially dangerous Monday that will follow. Two steps you and those close to you can take to reduce your risks of being involved in accidents include:

  • Turning on your headlights. Because the sun will set an hour earlier than usual, be sure to turn on your headlights, especially during your commute home in the evening. That will make your vehicle more easily visible to other drivers.
  • Avoiding distractions. Drivers may be more likely to be intoxicated immediately after the end of daylight saving time. Avoiding distractions can help you stay alert and drive defensively in case you encounter an impaired driver.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that the beginning and end of daylight saving time are just two of many common causes of auto accidents.

If you or someone you love were hurt in a crash that was caused by another driver, don’t wait to get help you need. Call our Virginia auto accident attorneys today for a free consultation.

How Can a Lawyer Help You after an Auto Accident?

by Staff Blogger | October 5th, 2017

After a crash, you’re probably thinking about getting better and getting back to work. However, your your ability to return to work will depend on the severity of your injuries. Serious injuries require expensive medical treatments, and you may be unable to afford them if they keep you from working.

Having an experienced Virginia auto accident lawyer on your side is important for two reasons:

  1. It helps you focus on your recovery. Car accident injuries can be life-changing. Even minor injuries can take weeks, months, or years to fully recover from, and you may need physical therapy to achieve your recovery goals. You shouldn’t have to worry about the red tape involved with filing an accident claim while you’re getting better.
  2. It helps you maximize your chances of getting compensation. The insurance company may offer you a settlement after the crash, but it may not be enough to cover your medical bills and lost wages. An experienced legal team is able to negotiate on your behalf to help you get the money you deserve.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know what it takes to build winning claims and to give our clients the peace of mind they need during the recovery process. Don’t wait to get the help you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.