Negligent Driving

West Virginia Negligent Driving Attorney

Located in Elkins, Wolfe Law Firm provides high quality representation in cases involving car accidents and other areas of personal injury law. For over 20 years, Dorwin J. Wolfe has been devoted to helping victims injured in car accidents caused by negligent driving. Wolfe Law Firm is known for its results-driven strategy and track record of success.

Car Accident Frequency

Traffic accidents happen every day in Elkins and other West Virginia cities. In fact, car accidents rank above “natural” events as the leading cause of injury and death in the United States. Due to their frequency, West Virginia and other states have enacted laws requiring that motorists carry auto insurance. The policy is supposed to cover both drivers and passengers in case of a crash. But with little enforcement, uninsured driving persists, leaving injured victims without relief. Even with minimum coverage, injured victims cannot pay rocketing hospital bills while losing time at work. Insurance rarely covers repairs and mounting debts from the accident.

Examples of Negligent Driving

Negligent driving refers to a variety of conduct, from “innocent” mistakes to vehicular homicide. Personal injury recovery includes a wide spectrum of behavior because the effects of negligent driving are unpredictable. One moment of distraction can lead to a fender-bender, chain-reaction collision, or an accident causing death. Whether large or small, any error while driving makes the motorist liable. Even without intent to cause harm, careless drivers are still at fault for breaching a legal duty to others. Personal injury law protects victims of preventable accidents that result in injury, regardless of intent. Car accidents caused by negligence often involve:

  • Speeding
  • Intoxication
  • Cell phone use
  • Changing lanes
  • Distracted driving
  • Delayed, sudden braking
  • Aggressive road behavior
  • Falling asleep at the wheel
  • Failure to check blind spot
  • Rushing through intersection
Accidental Injuries Caused by Negligent Driving

Even at low speeds, car accidents can cause serious injury and loss. Some injuries may appear totally out of proportion with the severity of the crash because they can remain latent long after the initial impact. Pain or discomfort that appears later does not make the trauma less serious or shorter in duration. “Small” accidents likewise cause extreme inconvenience, requiring extensive repairs, renting or replacing vehicles, and perhaps time away from work. In addition to property damage, accidental injuries caused by negligence include:

  • Whiplash
  • Burns, scars
  • Cuts, bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Exacerbated pain
  • Organ dysfunction
  • Partial or total disability
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Brain and spinal cord injury
  • Loss of sensory, cognitive function

The injured party is entitled to full compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic damages, even if they are not covered by insurance. When negligent driving causes an accident resulting in death, family members are likewise entitled to more than the policy limit. The negligent driver must compensate the family for medical and funeral costs, projected lost earnings, and emotional damages for the wrongful death.

Keeping Your Options Open

If you were injured in a car accident caused by negligent driving, relying on insurance may not be enough. Insurance companies generally want to minimize their liability and cannot pay over the policy limit. Accepting a low settlement may also bar you from filing a future injury claim. Never sign a waiver of liability or give a recorded statement without legal counsel. Consult a car accident attorney who has experience and can advocate for your rights. For over 20 years, Wolfe Law Firm has helped accident victims recover just compensation from insurance companies and negligent drivers. We will work diligently to see that you obtain the full amount you deserve, not a paltry payout. Let us help you find justice. Call (877) 637-5657 for a free consultation or contact us online.