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Comprehensive Legal Support for Injury Victims in Fairfax County

There are many situations where someone may be injured due to the negligence or wrongful actions of another party. This can cause problems for injury victims, who may struggle financially due to significant expenses and an inability to work while recovering. Fortunately, victims who have suffered harm due to the carelessness or negligence of others have the right to seek compensation for their injuries and their financial losses. The attorneys at The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC are adept at navigating the complexities of personal injury cases in Fairfax County and across the state of Virginia, and we work to ensure that our clients will be fully compensated for their damages.

How Our Attorneys Can Help Following Motor Vehicle Accidents

Collisions can occur for a variety of reasons, and they can range from minor fender benders to catastrophic accidents involving multiple vehicles, significant damage, and serious bodily harm or even wrongful death. At The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC, we have represented clients who have been injured in multiple types of motor vehicle accidents, including:

  • Car accidents: Collisions involving two or more passenger vehicles are often caused by driver negligence, which may include speeding, distracted driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Truck accidents: Collisions between tractor-trailer trucks or other commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles can be devastating, inflicting severe injuries and extensive property damage. Negligent truck drivers or trucking companies may be to blame when truck accidents occur because of driver fatigue, improperly secured cargo, mechanical failures, traffic violations, or other forms of negligence.
  • Motorcycle accidents: Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable in collisions due to the lack of protection. Negligent drivers who fail to see motorcycles or refuse to share the road safely may be held liable for injuries suffered by motorcyclists in accidents.
  • Bicycle accidents: Cyclists may be seriously injured in collisions with motor vehicles. These accidents often occur because drivers fail to provide bicycles with enough room when sharing the road.
  • Pedestrian accidents: People who are crossing streets or walking near roads are vulnerable to harm when drivers act negligently, such as by running red lights. Pedestrians may be injured in accidents that occur in crosswalks, sidewalks, or parking lots.
  • Rideshare accidents: Drivers for Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare companies may act negligently, leading to collisions that result in injuries for their passengers or people in other vehicles. Accidents involving rideshare vehicles can present unique legal challenges regarding liability and insurance, and in these cases, it is crucial to work with an attorney who can help take the correct steps to recover compensation.

Compensation in Personal Injury Claims

People who have suffered serious injuries may be able to recover compensation that will address multiple types of damages, including:

  • Medical expenses: These may include the costs of immediate medical treatment, hospitalization, surgeries, ongoing medical care and rehabilitation, medications, and any other healthcare needs related to an accident.
  • Lost income: An injury victim can receive compensation for wages they lost while recovering, as well as diminished earning capacity if their injuries have limited the types of work they will be able to perform in the future.
  • Property damage: The costs of repairing or replacing vehicles and other personal property damaged in an accident may be covered.
  • Pain and suffering: Victims may be entitled to compensation for their physical pain, emotional distress, and other ways they have been personally affected by their injuries.

Steps to Take After an Accident

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to take the following steps:

  1. Seek medical attention: Your health should be your top priority. If you have suffered serious harm and need immediate medical attention, you can call 911 to receive emergency treatment at the scene of the accident. Even if you have only suffered minor injuries or if injuries are not immediately apparent, it is crucial to undergo a medical evaluation, which will provide documentation of the harm you have suffered.
  2. Report the accident: It is important to notify the police of the accident. An officer will come to the scene of the accident and file an official police report that can help determine who was responsible.
  3. Document everything: Collect as much information as possible at the scene of the accident, including contact information of witnesses and photos of the scene. Make sure to exchange information with the other driver or anyone else involved, including details about insurance policies to ensure that you can file the proper claims.
  4. Contact a lawyer: A skilled attorney can provide guidance on the best steps to take to ensure that you will be able to recover compensation. Your lawyer can gather and preserve evidence and build a case on your behalf. They can also negotiate with insurance companies for you to ensure that settlement offers will fully cover your damages.

Contact Our Herndon, VA Personal Injury Lawyers

The attorneys at The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC understand the challenges you are facing after being injured in an accident. We can provide the comprehensive legal support you need to ensure that you will receive the full compensation you deserve. Contact us at 571-441-2233 to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.

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