Building The Strongest Case For Your Claim
Injury from a car crash that was caused by another driver, it’s important to know your legal options. In many instances, there are time limits to when you can file a compensation claim.
To learn more about your options, contact the Charleston auto accident lawyers at Sparacino Law today by calling 877-779-8099. There are no upfront costs and your initial consultation is free of charge.
Our lawyers have been helping injured West Virginians for more than 30 years and work quickly to obtain the just you deserve.
Common Causes of Serious Accidents
With more distractions than ever in our cars, drivers are now dividing their attention between the roads and their smart phones, stereos, or other electronic devices. Because of the limitless number of negligent behaviors that can occur, the list of reasons that an auto accident takes place can be endless. There are, however, some recurring patterns of driving behaviors that have been listed as common contributing factors to a crash.
Some of the most typical reasons that auto accidents occur include:
- Disobeying traffic signals, or running stop signs or lights
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Improper lane changes
- Inexperienced drivers
- Texting while driving
- … and many more.
Immediately following a crash, those involved should call 911 and report the situation, then wait for officers to arrive on scene. Depending on the severity of the crash, it may be important to get the at-fault driver’s insurance information at this point, or, if the crash is very bad, the most important thing is to get help for all the drivers involved.
An experienced auto accident litigator can help guide you and your loved one through the process of bringing the negligent driver to justice, and will help take some of the burden off of your shoulders.
Dealing with the Insurance Company
The insurance company can potentially be the biggest nightmare you’ll face. At first, their insurance adjuster will pretend to be your best friend. They’ll show compassion and say they know what you’re going through. They’ll offer you a settlement for your case, which may well be far less than you’ve already spent in medical bills. They’ll claim that it’s the best you’re going to do, and they’ll try their best to get you to just sign off and be done with it.
If you refuse to sign, they will get more aggressive. They might cajole you and go to great lengths to convince you to sign. They will often resort to bullying and threatening. It’s not uncommon for them to claim you’re partially responsible for the accident, that you’re not that badly hurt or even that you’re faking your injury entirely. They will threaten that if you continue to pursue the case you won’t get anything at all.
The thing to remember is that these people are paid to get out of giving you a settlement. They might not even understand your case aside from a glance at a file. They don’t know what you’ve been through. They don’t know the cost of your medical bills. They don’t know how much you’ve lost in terms of compensation, and they certainly don’t understand your pain and suffering.
You can fight back against these people, but it requires help from a knowledgeable attorney like Anthony Sparacino.
Compensation for Your Injuries
You are entitled, if you’re hurt in a car accident, to collect compensation for a wide range of injuries. These can include, among others:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and potential future compensation
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of comfort and relationships
- Reduced quality of life
- Punitive damages (in the very worst cases)
- Proving Negligence
In order to collect these damages, you’ll need to prove negligence on the part of the other driver. This requires three factors. First, you need to show that the other driver acted irresponsibly, so much so that no reasonable person would do the same. You then have to show that it was this irresponsibility that led to the accident, and finally, that this accident was the cause of your injuries, either directly or indirectly. Demonstrating these factors can require experienced legal representation.
Injuries sustained in truck accidents are often severe and debilitating. Trucking companies realize their insurance costs will increase if a driver of theirs is held at fault in an accident involving catastrophic injuries or fatalities.
As a result, truck drivers are trained in what to say and what not to say after an accident. It’s not uncommon for truck drivers to try and blame an accident on car drivers, alleging they followed too closely or cut in front of them.
We have been helping injured West Virginians for more than 30 years
To establish a truck driver’s negligence, Anthony Sparacino investigates the scene of an accident using accident reconstructionists, highway engineers and eye-witness testimony.
In the case of accidents involving semi-tractor trailers we may: analyze a truck’s on-board black box, review the driver’s driving log, their training records and driving history, the trucks maintenance history, and any design or manufacturing defects that potentially could have contributed to the accident. In these ways, we will tell a compelling story about your accident and build the strongest case for you.
We demand financial compensation within the context of an accident victim’s life. Our office uses the following tools to personalize the cases we represent:
- Day-in-the-life videos that show how your life has been adversely affected
- Care planner testimony to detail the medical treatment and care you will need
- Economic impact analysis study that establishes the financial impact of your injuries
- Eyewitness testimony from family regarding the impact of your injuries on them
- Our Versatility, Your Advantage
The personal injury lawyers of Anthony Sparacino have served as defense lawyers. As a result, we understand the tactics and strategies used by the defense in trying to reduce or avoid paying a fair claim to our clients. With over 30 years of combined legal experience, we anticipate what the defense will argue and how to outflank them before they’ve even had a chance to finish their argument.
We Protect Our Clients’ Interests
As your attorney, Anthony Sparacino is responsible for any discussions between you, an insurance company, the court, or investigators representing the other side. We review any settlement offer and aggressively protect your interests during any negotiations. Our office remains in constant contact with you and is prepared to accompany you to any meeting, hearing, or medical examinations requested by the other side as well.
Without speaking to a bicycle accident lawyer, you may feel that the negligent driver’s insurance company is offering you a fraction of what you deserve for the harm you sustained. This is more than likely going to be the case. Insurance companies typically low-ball accident victims, and without a legal team on your side, getting what you’re owed can be a difficult fight to win.
Consulting an experienced attorney will give you the confidence and power you need to recover a fair and appropriate amount for your accident. Sparacino Law will aggressively seek compensation for you and your family due to medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
Injuries From Biking Collisions
While bicyclists and motorists alike have important road rules to follow, it is more often that driver negligence results in a crash. Bicyclists who are hit by a passing vehicle can sustain very serious injuries, like:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Severe concussions
- Spinal cord trauma
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Wrongful death
Sadly, it is not rare for a bicycle accident to end in death: In 2010, 800 cyclists were killed and 515,000 emergency room visits were made due to cycling-related injuries. If a driver is not paying attention, they may easily overlook a bicyclist riding alongside them or crossing lanes of traffic, even if the cyclist has the right-of-way.