Most people don’t evaluate their chances of getting into a car crash every time they hop behind the wheel. But there is actually a good chance of getting in an accident each and every time you drive. An average of six million car accidents occur in the United States every year – that’s 11+ accidents every minute. About half of those accidents result in injuries. And two-thirds of those injured will be left with some type of permanent disability.
The good news is that serious injury car accidents in West Virginia have been declining since 2013. In 2019, there were 906 serious injury accidents reported – down from 1,498 in 2013. Fatal car accidents are also trending lower.
At Salango Law, PLLC, we understand that statistics aren’t important to you when you have been in a serious car accident. Your accident is all that matters to us. Our Charleston car accident lawyers focus on your circumstances and how to get as much as possible to compensate you for your losses.
Trust Your Car Accident Claim to Salango Law
Hire the law firm that cares about you and has a proven history of success.
- Salango Law has been recognized both locally and nationally for outstanding achievement.
- Salango Law has obtained over $100,000,000 on behalf of clients.
- Salango Law prioritizes client satisfaction with respect and professionalism.
How You Benefit From Working With a Car Accident Attorney
Some of the first people you will deal with after a car accident are insurance company representatives. These are people whose job is to close claims as quickly and cheaply as possible. This is what they do for a living and they know they are at an advantage over the average person who has never tried to collect on an insurance policy.
You may not be familiar with the terms of your insurance policy or the laws about establishing fault for the accident. You may not realize the potential damage you can make to your claim with innocent comments in response to questions from an insurance company. You may not know how to convince an insurance company of the full extent of your injuries and become frustrated that you are not being heard.
An attorney knows the law and the evidence you need to prove your claim. A Charleston personal injury attorney will handle communications with the insurance company (and others) so that your rights are completely protected. An attorney will work with your medical providers and other experts and make sure you are compensated completely for all of your injuries.
West Virginia Car Accident Statistics
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, West Virginia tallied the following statistics for fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2019.
- 247 total fatality accidents – 14.5 per 100,000 population
- 33% involved SUVs or pickups
- 42% were multiple vehicle accidents
- 120 of those fatally injured had alcohol concentrations at or over the legal limit
- fatal accidents were almost 2x more likely to occur in rural areas
Driver Behaviors That Increase the Likelihood of a Car Accident
Certain driver behaviors are more likely to contribute to car crashes. Speed is the number 1 contributing factor to accidents. Speed includes going too fast for the road conditions or faster than the posted speed limit. When drivers go too fast, they have less time to react to circumstances that may produce a collision.
- Alcohol or drugs
- Failure to yield
- Lane change/improper lane
- Reckless or careless driving
- Failure to obey traffic signals/signs
Serious Injuries Common in Charleston Car Accidents
The most common injuries people get from car accidents involve soft tissues being hit, stretched or torn from the force of the impact. Speed and the positioning of the vehicles at the time of the crash influence the severity of the injuries. In addition to the physical injuries that occur, there may be psychological injuries that develop from the trauma.
Neck injuries – The force of impact can cause strain to the muscles and ligaments in the neck resulting in soreness and temporary limitation of mobility.
Back injuries – Injuries to the back may occur if the crash impact causes the spinal vertebrae to shift causing the discs between the vertebrae to bulge or rupture compressing the nerves resulting in pain and loss of sensation.
Internal injuries – When your body is hit or hits something else during a crash, damage may occur to internal organs that cannot be seen and may not be immediately recognized. Internal injuries can be very serious and can result in death if not treated.
Broken bones – Breaks usually occur to arms, legs, and ribs – possibly pelvis or spinal vertebrae.
Spinal cord injuries – Any time the back is injured, there is a possibility that the damage is severe enough to affect the spinal cord. When the spinal cord is injured, other body parts beneath the injury site may experience loss of use or sensation.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) – Traumatic brain injuries can occur when the force of the crash impact causes the head to hit something or be thrust with such force that the brain hits the inside of the skull. Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to severe. Severe TBIs usually result in permanent disability.
Mental and emotional injuries – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the most common psychological injury from a car accident.
Compensation You Can Receive for Injuries and Other Losses
When you have been injured in a car accident in West Virginia that you are no more than 50% responsible for causing, you are able to collect the expenses you have incurred because of the accident and some amounts to compensate you for how the injuries have affected your life. The expenses that have an established value are called economic damages. The amounts you get for how you feel and what you can’t do are called non-economic damages.
- property damage
- medical bills
- lost wages
- pain & suffering
- mental anguish/emotional distress
- loss of the ability to be a companion
How to Get Compensation for Your Accident Injuries
The ability to collect compensation for your losses usually starts with an insurance company. You may receive some benefits from your own policy but the majority of the payment will come from the insurance company of the person responsible for the accident. This other insurance company is not happy about paying you – even though you may have every right to collect. So, you must be strategic in how you present your claim and the best way to do that is to hire a good personal injury attorney.
Contact Our Charleston Car Accident Lawyers Today
The attorneys at Salango Law, PLLC are the advocates you want on your side. Our Charleston car accident lawyers are some of the most recognized personal injury attorneys in West Virginia. We have helped hundreds of clients recover exceptionally large settlements. We can help you too. Contact us for a free consultation or call us at (304) 342-0512.