Car accidents can and do involve any combination of vehicles, from small vehicles like motorcycles to huge ones like tractor-trailers. Vehicles used to deliver purchases, including groceries, are no exception. If you were involved in an accident with a grocery delivery vehicle, an Alexandria grocery delivery car accident lawyer may be able to explain your rights—and help you fight for them. To find out more, contact the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC at (571) 229-1800. The initial case review is free.
Who to Sue
It is not always obvious who or what caused a car accident. There may be more than one contributing factor, which in some cases may enable you to sue more than one party. Some potentially liable parties are listed below.
Distracted driving, driving while under the influence, speeding, failing to yield, improperly changing lanes, drowsy driving—there are so many ways a driver can harm others.
Maintenance Crews or Companies
This can refer to those responsible for the maintenance of a car or of the road. Anyone who is paid to take care of a motor vehicle or the roadway has a duty to perform their jobs responsibly and to the best of their ability. By not doing so, or by leaving hazardous materials in the roadway, they put people like you at risk.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) is in charge of ordering manufacturers to recall malfunctioning auto parts. However, the system partially relies on manufacturers being open and honest about when they discover a defect. If they try to conceal such defects, dangerous auto parts could stay on the road long enough to cause harm.
Keep in mind that, to successfully sue someone, you need to be able to prove that they bear some amount of responsibility for your accident. You can try to do this yourself, or you may choose to hire a lawyer to investigate your case on your behalf.
When to Sue
If you want to file a personal injury lawsuit, you generally have two years from the date of the accident to do so. This is according to the statute of limitations codified in the Code of Virginia §8.01-243. Any lawsuits filed after the statute of limitations expires are typically invalid. So, while you do have some time to consider the matter before filing a lawsuit, you should be aware that your right to compensation does not last forever.
To get started on your case, call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC at (571) 229-1800. We work for what is called a contingency fee—in other words, we do not charge you anything until you get money.
You can sue for two different categories of compensatory damages: economic and noneconomic. Economic damages are compensation for financial losses and may include the following.
- Repair expenses: this can help you pay to repair your car and/or cover the cost of a rental until your own car is fixed.
- Medical expenses: whether your injuries needed temporary care or will need professional attention for the rest of your life, economic damages can help you cover those costs.
- Related expenses: this can include services like lawn care, house cleaning, or childcare—anything you used to do yourself but had to pay someone else to do while your injuries healed.
- Funeral expenses: this applies in wrongful death cases where you had to arrange and pay for your loved one to be laid to rest.
Noneconomic damages are compensation for the physical and/or emotional toll the accident had on you and your family. They may include the following.
- Disfigurement: you have to live with permanent, maybe painful, scarring related to your injury.
- Reduced quality of life: you cannot live as freely and comfortably as you used to.
- “Pain and suffering” and inconvenience: this can cover your physical injuries as well as any mental disorders you developed because of your injuries or the crash.
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How to Sue
You can file a lawsuit on your own, but doing so may put an unnecessary burden on your shoulders. Hiring an Alexandria grocery delivery car accident lawyer may have many benefits, not the least of which is handling the hard legal work while you concentrate on putting your life back together. Here is how your lawsuit may go with us at the helm:
- Case evaluation: during one free phone call, we can tell you what your options are.
- Investigation: identifying the liable party and convincing an insurance company to pay compensation will take concrete evidence. We will look for this evidence in medical records, police reports, witness statements, and all other available resources.
- Submission of paperwork: we will file all the necessary paperwork for you. This includes notifying the liable parties and, if it comes to that, submitting documentary evidence to a court.
- Negotiation: the insurance company wants to end your lawsuit as soon as possible. They may try to do so by offering you inadequate compensation and hoping you are desperate enough to take it. We may be able to negotiate aggressively on your behalf to get them to pay a fair amount.
With any luck, the insurance company will be open to negotiation, and you will walk away with all of the money you deserve. If not, we can continue the fight in the courtroom. This will take longer, but in some cases, it is the only way for a claimant to get the money they are entitled to. We will do everything in our power to make the process as painless and stress-free as possible.
Jim Parrish used to work in the insurance industry. He knows how insurance companies operate, and he can use that knowledge to help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve. The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to helping accident victims just like you. Our phone number is (571) 229-1800. The sooner you call, the sooner an Alexandria grocery delivery car accident lawyer can get started on your case.
If you were involved in an accident with a grocery delivery vehicle, an Alexandria car accident attorney can explain your rights and help you fight for them. The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC offers a free initial case review to determine if you have a case.