Determining Who Is at Fault in Virginia
Your claim is approached differently by state. Some states approach personal injury claims as ‘comparative fault’ states, meaning that monetary damages will be allocated according to the percentage of each person’s fault. Virginia is not this kind of state. In Virginia, if an injured person is found to have contributed to the accident in any way, no matter how small, the injured person won’t be eligible for compensation. The other person has to be 100% at fault or you can't collect any monetary damages at all. For example, if you were involved in a car accident that was caused by another driver, but you were texting while driving, the court may find that you were 20% at fault. As a result, you won’t have a winnable case. Virginia’s approach — called “pure contributory negligence” — might sound outdated or harsh, but it’s the reality. That’s why it’s important to seek out legal representation you can trust will fight for you and pursue fair compensation for your injuries.
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No matter how you were injured, we offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions and explain your rights. Then, if you choose to work with us to seek fair compensation for your injuries, there are no legal fees unless we win. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis; you pay no legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Reach out to our seasoned personal injury attorneys today for legal guidance in Lynchburg, Roanoke, Amherst County, or Bedford County, Virginia.