Car Accidents

Experienced Charleston Car Accident Lawyers

Charleston car accident lawyers - car wreck pic Car crashes happen when you least expect them. Whether you were running errands, taking a trip, or simply commuting around town, you probably never expected that everything would change before you got back home — or that a single accident could cause so much frustration. Let our dedicated Charleston car accident attorneys fight for your rights, and the justice you deserve.

Most auto accidents in West Virginia are caused by a driver’s negligence. If you’ve been the victim in a recent car crash, truck accident, or any other vehicle collision, it’s likely that someone else’s careless driving is to blame.

“When I was injured in a car wreck, I was unsure of what to do.  After meeting with Adam, I was comfortable and knew my case was in good hands.  Adam got me the money I needed to get back on my feet.”  – Christy E. 

Common examples of driver negligence include:

  • Speeding
  • Texting while driving (or other distractions)
  • Poor vehicle or road maintenance
  • Following too closely
  • Running red lights (or breaking other traffic laws)
  • Drunk or drugged driving (DUI / DWI)
  • Reckless or aggressive driving
  • Failure to yield the right of way

These accidents are fundamentally unfair to the victims because they were completely preventable. If the other driver had simply been more careful and obeyed all the rules, you wouldn’t have to go through pain, suffering, and a million miles of red tape.Charleston car accident law firm - lady car crash

Sure enough, the procedural aftermath of any West Virginia auto accident can be just as challenging as the injuries themselves. Insurance companies make the claims process complicated, and in most cases, they’ll do everything they can to avoid paying you what you are owed.

When you get an aggressive Charleston car accident lawyer on your side, though, the bad drivers and their insurance companies start to sing a different tune.

In fact, studies show that auto accident victims who are represented by personal injury lawyers tend to recover more money than those who try to fight the insurance companies alone.

Sadly, insurers prey upon people who don’t have attorneys, and many of them have unofficial “deny first, defend later” policies, under which they will lowball or flat-out deny your claim even if it’s legitimate — especially if a lot of money is on the line.

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And you may very well have a lot of money on the line… perhaps even more than you realize. That’s particularly true in cases where the injuries are severe or get worse over time, or if you’ve had to receive medical treatment or lost income because you couldn’t go to work.

Let us help. Our car accident lawyers serving Charleston represent victims in all kinds of vehicle accidents — and all across the state of West Virginia.

We take an aggressive stand against insurance companies and fight hard to maximize your compensation. We know every penny matters to you, so we make sure every penny counts.

Car / Vehicle Crashes

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Passenger cars and trucks, sedans, two-door, and four-door cars account for most of the auto accidents in West Virginia. That’s what most people drive, ofcourse, but it also means many of the victims are teenagers, children, and families.

Car crashes range in severity, from moderate to fatal, but even less-catastrophic accidents can cause significant physical and financial damage. We handle these cases every day, and we’ve seen far too many people sign on the dotted line only to realize later that they were owed much more money.

If you’ve been involved in any car crash with moderate to severe injuries, we urge you to contact our office before you agree to any offer from an insurance company. An experienced Charleston car accident attorney will make a big difference in how your case in handled.

SUV Crashes

Van and SUV accidents are similar to those involving sedans, but SUVs can be more dangerous because they are heavier and have a higher center of gravity. That means they’re more likely to flip or roll over. In those cases, there may be multiple third parties who are also liable (in addition to the at-fault driver), such as:

  • The van or SUV manufacturer
  • Drivers who leave debris or fallen objects in the road
  • Local or state governments for creating dangerous roadway conditions

These accidents are also more complicated because they often involve a greater number of passengers. Our Charleston accident attorneys can help with any collision case, no matter how complex.

Commercial Truck Accidents

When semi-trailer trucks collide with other vehicles, the impact can be absolutely devastating. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are fatal.

Most commercial vehicle wrecks are caused by truck driver negligence. Common examples include:

  • Truck driver fatigue (caused by long hours on the road and grueling delivery schedules)
  • Illegal drug use
  • Using prescription or over-the-counter medications that impair judgment
  • Drunk driving
  • Carrying dangerous, toxic, or excessively heavy cargo
  • Failing to properly store cargo
  • Inadequate vehicle maintenance

Large commercial trucks require extra care, both in their operation and in terms of routine maintenance. In most cases, it is the trucking company (and/or its insurer) that is ultimately liable for the victim’s injuries.

Challenging large corporations can seem daunting or even impossible, but with a dedicated Charleston car accident lawyer from Campbell & Smith on your side, you can have a voice and equal footing.

Motorcycle Accidents

Most motorcycle accidents are caused by other vehicle drivers — not the bikers themselves! It’s time that drivers start showing motorcyclists the care and respect they deserve.

Motorcycle accidents are unique in that they are often caused by specific types of negligence (e.g. making left turns in front of motorcycles, failing to look for bikes when changing lanes, or opening car doors in front of an oncoming motorcycle) and their victims have relatively little protection (even if they are wearing safety gear and a helmet).

Still, bikers have a clear right to use the road, and if someone else causes them harm while driving, we’re here to protect their rights and demand fair compensation.

Taxi and Uber Accidents

If you’ve been injured as a passenger in a taxi cab, limousine, Lyft car, Uber car, or other ride-sharing vehicle, our Charleston car accident attorneys can help.

The law on ridesharing liability is currently evolving, but this much is certain: victims of negligence are entitled to compensation. In many cases, the rideshare or taxi company may share in the liability.

An aggressive Charleston car accident lawyer from our firm can get to the bottom of who’s liable for your accident and help you to hold them accountable.

Public Transportation and Bus Accidents

When you use a bus or public transit system, you have a right to safety. We all depend on these systems to keep us safe. If you’ve suffered injury in an accident involving a bus or other public transit vehicle, it’s in your best interest to get an experienced law firm on your side. After all, the defendants will have ample legal representation on theirs.

Boating Accidents

West Virginia may be landlocked, but fishing, boating, and marina recreation are all popular pastimes in our many lakes and bodies of water. Unfortunately, boating companies often rent these vehicles to people with little or no experience.  Therefore, accidents do happen, even in “tame” waterways — especially when alcohol or reckless behavior are involved. We can help.

Pedestrian Injuries

A pedestrian’s body is no match for an oncoming truck or car. Sadly, pedestrians are hit and killed with tragic frequency in our state, and the families are left blindsided and reeling.

If you or your loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident in West Virginia, our Charleston personal injury law firm can help you understand your rights and options under the law. Please contact us as soon as possible.

FAQ: Is It True That Rear-End Drivers Are Always Liable in an Accident?

In most cases, yes. While there are some scenarios in which a different driver (including the one who was rear-ended) can be held liable, these are rare. In a rear-end collision, legal fault is usually assigned to the rearmost driver. If you think your case is unusual, or if you have questions about how West Virginia traffic law might apply to your collision, don’t hesitate to call our office and ask.

FAQ: What Is West Virginia’s Statute of Limitations for Motor Vehicle Accidents?

Most automotive collisions in West Virginia are governed by a two-year statute of limitations, which means any claims stemming from the accident must be filed within two years from the date of the accident.

Car crash litigation takes some time to prepare, so it’s in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

FAQ: Does the Insurance Company Have to Give Me a Reasonable Valuation?

Despite what their commercials say, insurance companies do not represent you, they don’t care too much about being a good neighbor, and they are certainly not on your side.

While insurers do have a legal obligation to handle claims in good faith, they nevertheless routinely offer unreasonably low valuations to accident victims in West Virginia. In most cases, the most effective strategy is to get an aggressive team of attorneys on your side. Call our skilled Charleston vehicle accident lawyers.

Free Case Review with Our Car Accident Attorneys

Campbell & Smith is a full-service law firm with a vast range of experience in nearly every area of law. Our lawyers are skilled in everything from medical malpractice and car crashes to sexual harassment. We know our way around the courtroom, and we understand the power of aggressive advocacy.

Don’t face the insurance companies on your own. Remember: you don’t have to pay us a penny unless we’re successful with your claim.

Let our experienced Charleston car accident lawyers fight for you. Call 304-345-9888 or contact us online to schedule a free case review today.