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Why You Shouldn’t Immediately Accept the Insurance Company’s Offer After a Crash

by | September 13th, 2021

There’s no question that auto accidents can be extremely expensive. Vehicle repair costs are just the tip of the iceberg for many victims, as they also may face big medical bills and weeks or months out of work. That means no paychecks and rapidly depleted savings.

Insurance companies know the financial stresses that auto accident victims face, and that’s why they sometimes offer settlements right away. To victims, these settlement offers can be godsends, especially when they need money for their day-to-day living expenses. But insurance companies don’t offer these settlements out of the goodness of their heart. Instead, they offer them to save money.

When insurance companies know that victims have slam-dunk cases for big checks, they try to get ahead of the situation by offering lowball settlements right away. And when victims accept those settlements, they can’t file future claims for more money. They’re stuck with whatever amount they received upfront, which is often far less than what they truly deserve.

If you or someone you love was hurt in an auto accident and was offered a settlement from the insurance company, it’s important that you don’t accept without speaking to a lawyer first. Fast settlement offers are almost always well below the amount they should be, and they’re designed to take advantage of victims who are in shock and stressing over their financial situations.

Contact the Virginia auto accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers for a free consultation and for an honest and accurate assessment of your case and the insurance company’s offer.

Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers Examine The Role Of Defective Highway Design In Crashes

by | September 23rd, 2013

September 23, 2013

The Norfolk Car Accident Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley say that a common contributing factor in some motor vehicle collisions is defective highway design. The firm goes on to explain that sometimes, an increase in traffic volume over the course of numerous years can lead to a roadway not being able to handle its daily traffic load, which can lead to accidents.

This may have been the cause of a recent collision between a pedestrian and a minivan in the city of Norfolk Virginia. According to an article from The Sun Chronicle, the crash occurred at approximately 9:10 a.m. Thursday, September 5, at the corner of Pine and Everett streets.

Reports indicate the 69-year-old victim was jogging along the road when he was struck by a van. The impact of the collision left the victim with critical injuries that required airlifting to a local hospital.

Citizens have made numerous complaints about the road in recent years after an increase in accidents was recorded following a project that created a bypass using the roads around Route 1 and Foxboro; however, city officials have not announced any plans to improve the roadway’s safety.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley’s team of Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how devastating injuries from a motor vehicle collision can be. That is why the firm would like to wish the injured victim a full and speedy recovery.

Speed A Contributing Factor In Hampton Car Accident That Injures Two

by | June 3rd, 2013

June 3, 2013

Speed-related auto accidents are a major problem on today’s highways. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately one-third of all fatal crashes are caused by vehicles driving too fast.

A recent Hampton Car Accident that involved a speeding vehicle was responsible for leaving two people seriously injured. Reports indicate the crash happened yesterday at around 6 p.m., along Beach Road.

According to an article from WVEC 13 News, residents in the area had called the Hampton Police Department to investigate reports of a speeding vehicle along the road. When police arrived though, they discovered a 1992 Honda Civic had left the roadway and crashed into the front of a home.

Both the 25-year-old driver of the vehicle and his 20-year-old passenger were injured as a result of the accident and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Records show a staggering number of speed related incidents in the area recently. Records indicate that in the last five years, a total of 69 complaints of speeding have been made on the road, with 841 tickets being issued along the same stretch. Officers have vowed to continue working to improve highway safety in the area.

The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “ The Hammer” Stanley recognize the dangers involved with speeding and ask motorists to always obey the posted speed limit of the road being traveled.


VDOT Worker Seriously Injured in Norfolk Car Accident

by | September 17th, 2012

Sept. 17, 2012

A 19-year-old Virginia Department of Transportation construction worker was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident late last week. WAVY-TV 10 News reports that the collision occurred Friday at around 3 a.m. near the Broad Creek Bridge.

A spokesperson for the Virginia State Police, Sgt. Michelle Anaya, stated the worker was retrieving cones from a construction zone along the highway and placing them into the rear of a pickup truck, when the 32-year-old driver of a 2006 Dodge Charger suddenly drifted into the lane where work was taking place and struck the young man, pinning him beneath the truck.

Rescue crews were forced to amputate the worker’s leg at the scene in order to free him from the wreckage. The victim was then rushed to a local hospital where he remains in serious but stable condition. Two other workers suffered less severe injuries as a result of the Norfolk car accident as well.

Investigators charged the driver of the Charger with reckless driving and driving on a suspended license. They say that alcohol may have also been a factor in the crash and additional charges against the man are pending toxicology results.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley say motorists have a responsibility when driving through construction zones to protect the safety of workers in the area by being vigilant about speed limits and staying sober behind the wheel at all times.

Two Injured As A Result Of Hampton Car Crash

by | July 10th, 2012

July 9, 2012

Two people were injured, including a state trooper, as the result of a car accident that occurred over the Fourth of July holiday. According to WAVY-TV 10 News, the crash happened just after 3:00 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-64, near the ramps for North King Street.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya, a spokesperson for the Virginia Highway Patrol, said that a trooper had stopped and arrested a driver on suspicion of DUI charges at the scene of the crash. The trooper had placed the suspect in the rear passenger seat of his vehicle and was completing paperwork when a Ford Mustang, driven by a 19-year-old man, plowed into the rear of the squad car.

The trooper and the DUI suspect weren’t wearing seat belts at the time of the collision, and both suffered injuries and were taken to a local hospital.

The driver of the Mustang was uninjured in the crash and later told officers that a motorcycle in front of him had slammed on its brakes, forcing him to swerve onto the shoulder and hit the trooper’s vehicle. The driver of the Mustang was cited for reckless driving for causing the accident.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley would like to remind drivers to move their vehicles to the left lane when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle. Doing so could help prevent a Norfolk car accident from occurring.



Increased Patrols By Virginia Beach Police Net Several DUI Arrests

by | January 2nd, 2012

January 2, 2012

The Virginia Beach police department increased patrols over the weekend in the hopes of deterring drunk drivers from getting on area roadways. According to a report on WAVY-TV 10 News today, those efforts were successful in netting six arrests on DUI charges in about an hour and a half.

Officers added that the checkpoints also allowed them to cite other dangerous drivers for minor infractions. It was estimated that 17 tickets were written at a single checkpoint Saturday night.

Numbers suggest that the increased patrols, in conjunction with the checkpoints, may be reducing alcohol related fatalities. Virginia Beach police department statistics show that DUI fatalities are down in the city by four percent over last year. In 2010, it was estimated that 17 fatal crashes in the area were alcohol-related. That same year, Virginia Beach police say that they arrested 2,429 people on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The problem of drinking and driving is just as bad across the country. The US Department of Health and Human Services suggests that 37 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in the United States are in some way related to alcohol.

The Virginia auto accident attorneys with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley ask that we keep each other safe on Virginia highways by not getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Instead, contact a friend or a cab company for a safe ride home from your location.

Drunk Driving Affects Several In Virginia

by | December 5th, 2011

December 5, 2011

Drunk driving in the Virginia area this past week has cost one college student their life and a high ranking government official their job. According to ABC 13 News, both incidents occurred on Sunday over the past weekend.

It was reported that a freshman at Christopher Newport University was killed early Sunday morning after the car in which she was riding in crashed after colliding head-on with another vehicle. All other occupants in the car and the driver of the other vehicle suffered numerous other injuries and all were taken to local hospitals to receive treatment. Virginia State Police say alcohol was a factor in the crash and charges are pending.

ABC 13 News reported Monday that the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was taking a leave of absence from his position following being arrested for suspicion of DUI a day before. The Fairifax City Police Department reported that an officer had pulled over Randy Babbitt at about 10:30 PM after observing him driving on the wrong side of the street. He was arrested that night and had sent a letter asking for a leave of absence from his position as Administrator the following day.

The Virginia Auto Accident Attorneys with Lowell “ The Hammer” Stanley hope that these stories will serve as a message that drunk driving can affect everyone. Young to old, rich to poor, drunk to sober, the consequences of drunk driving can hurt us all.

Navy Sailor stationed In Virginia Killed In Motorcycle Crash

by | November 28th, 2011

November 28, 2011

A 24-year-old Navy sailor was fatally wounded in a Sunday morning motorcycle crash. According to WAVY-TV 10 News, the accident happened at 11:00 a.m. along Crags Causeway in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

A spokesperson for the Virginia Beach Police Department said today that a preliminary investigation of the crash has determined that speed was a factor when the biker lost control of the 2005 BMW while negotiating a curve. After losing control and dropping the bike, both the driver and the machine skid nearly 100 feet across the asphalt before coming to rest in a ditch. Police say that while the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, he sustained massive bodily injuries and was declared dead at the scene by medical professionals.

The number of motorcycle crashes resulting in injury and death has risen over the years in the state of Virginia. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDMV) reports that in 2008, the number of injuries in motorcycle crashes increased by 120 crashes over the previous year to a total of 2,404. The number of fatalities has also steadily increased over the past decade.

The Virginia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley understand the dangers bikers face on roadways today. That is why they would encourage anyone injured in a motorcycle accident that was no fault of their own to contact an attorney today!

Three Killed In Collision Along Virginia Section Of Interstate 85

by | November 14th, 2011

November 14, 2011

A crash along Interstate 85 near Petersburg, Virginia, involving a tractor-trailer, a pickup truck, and a passenger bus has claimed the lives of three people. According to reports from News Channel 12, the accident occurred at about 11:30 AM.

Virginia State Police investigators say the crashes happened in a chain reaction after the pickup truck plowed into the rear of the tractor-trailer. The collision caused logs the tractor-trailer was hauling to spill down on top of the pickup–crushing the four individuals inside. Moments later, a bus carrying 49 students from North Carolina A&T State University smashed into the rear of the pickup.

Three of the four passengers in the pickup truck died, while one survived and was airlifted to a local hospital. The driver of the bus also sustained injuries that were treated at the hospital. Luckily, the students and the truck driver walked away from the crash unscathed. Officials with the state police say that they will continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

The Virginia Auto Accident Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley encourage drivers to to prevent accidents like this by simply following the two-second rule: Watch the car in front of you pass a landmark near the road, such as a sign. After they pass, it should take your vehicle two seconds or longer to reach the same landmark.

2 Killed, 2 Injured in Wreck on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

by | August 4th, 2011

August 4, 2011

Two people died and two more were injured late Monday, August 1, when a 1996 Buick Century went off Route 178 in Pungoteague, Virginia, and hit a tree stump before flipping over.

Both the 53-year-old male driver and the 72-year-old front-seat female passenger died at the scene north of the corner of Boston and Big Pine roads. The two were next door neighbors in Craddockville.

Two female passengers in the backseat were hospitalized. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

All four people were wearing seatbelts during the crash.

Police now say that alcohol played a role in the crash, which occurred shortly after 10 p.m. reports that the passenger who died spent the night playing bingo at the Accomac Elks Lodge, where she was picked up by a friend. The additional two passengers had also been playing Bingo.

The driver’s brother-in-law said, “He would help anyone out. He was a good guy.”

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If you or someone you know has been the victim of a Virginia auto accident, the injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley can help.