February 21st, 2020
After a crash that wasn’t your fault, you need compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. For injured drivers and their passengers, settlements typically come from the at-fault drivers’ insurance policies, their own insurance policies, or both. But despite spending big money every year to convince people that they have their best interests in mind, insurance companies are instead focused on protecting their profits.
Big insurers generate huge profits year after year because they reduce or deny the payments that innocent victims are owed. One of the most effective ways they do that is by giving victims a chance to jeopardize their own claims. For example, insurance companies often contact victims in the hours or days after their accidents occur to ask them questions or offer them settlements. If victims admit fault, make contradictory statements, or accept the initial settlements, they may end up with far less money than they deserve.
Whether or not you have personal injury protection or MedPay insurance, you’re still required to alert your own auto insurance provider of a crash. When talking to your insurance company, stick to the facts of what happened. And if the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, the same strategy applies, though you should know that you aren’t obligated to speak with a representative of someone else’s insurance company.
The adjuster you speak to may seem friendly, but remember that their job is to either reduce or deny your settlement. If you have an attorney handling your claim, refer representatives of any insurance company that isn’t your own to your lawyer.
At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke auto accident attorneys know how insurance companies operate, and we want to protect you from their tactics. Contact us today for a free consultation.
October 5th, 2011
October 5, 2011
A 29-year-old woman from Roanoke, Virginia, has been charged with reckless driving after she caused a four-car collision on Interstate 581 in Roanoke late on the afternoon of Monday, October 3.
Troopers told WSLS that the woman took her eyes off the road briefly just before approaching traffic that had come to a standstill about a half mile south of the Hershberger Road exit.
The woman then slammed into the rear of a Subaru Outback being driven by a Roanoke College student from Richmond. The man was taken by EMTs to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, but he was not seriously hurt. However, his Outback was totaled.
A Roanoke man driving a Chevy Silverado pick-up truck and a Salem man driving a Mercedes SUV were also involved in the accident on Monday.
Following the crash, WSLS reports that troopers charged the driver who initiated the crash with reckless driving.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a Virginia auto accident, the Virginia auto accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm can help.
December 30th, 2010
December 30, 2010
A man was sent to the hospital after his car hit a snow plow in a Roanoke auto accident, WSET reports.
The man was traveling south when his vehicle collided with a city snow plow traveling in the opposite direction in the Roanoke auto accident. He was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
The Roanoke auto accident is still under investigation, and charges have not yet been filed.
Do you think weather plays a role in most Roanoke auto accidents during this time of year? What do you think drivers should do to stay safe on the roads in the winter?
If you or someone you know has been injured in a Roanoke auto accident, the Roanoke auto accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm can help.