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Car accidents regularly result in severe injuries for residents and visitors to Berkeley County. If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident caused by the actions of another driver, you can count on the team at Manchin Ferretti Injury Law to help. Our Berkeley County car accident lawyers have extensive experience helping victims throughout West Virginia recover full compensation for their losses. We will not back down from aggressive insurance carriers as we fight to ensure you have the resources you need to make a full recovery.

How a Berkeley Car Accident Attorney Can Help Your Claim

A Berkeley County car accident lawyer is going to cut through the red tape and roadblocks put in place by insurance carriers when you are working to secure compensation. Insurance carriers can be notoriously difficult to deal with, but an attorney can use their resources to:

  • Conduct a complete investigation to determine liability and present that evidence in a compelling manner to the insurance carrier.
  • Ensure you are cared for by a trusted medical professional and evaluated by economic experts to help calculate your total losses.
  • Negotiate with every party involved to ensure you are compensated fairly, or prepare your case for trial if necessary to secure maximum compensation.

Recoverable Damages for a Berkeley County Car Accident

If you or a loved one have been injured in a Berkeley County car accident caused by the actions of another driver, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. At Manchin Ferretti Injury Law, our Berkeley County personal injury attorneys regularly secure the following types of compensation for our clients:

  • Complete coverage of all medical expenses related to the crash
  • Lost income if our clients cannot work while they recover
  • Property damage expenses
  • Any out-of-pocket expenses they incur
  • Loss of quality of life damages
  • Pain and suffering damages

Time Limit to File a Berkley County Car Accident Lawsuit

West Virginia car accident victims need to be aware that the personal injury statute of limitations in the Commonwealth is two years. This means that a Berkeley County car accident victim will have a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party in their case, or they risk not securing any compensation for their losses.

Common Car Accident Injuries

The Berkeley County car accident attorneys at Manchin Ferretti Injury Law have experience handling any type of injury that can occur in a car accident. We regularly help clients recover compensation after they have sustained the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Open head wounds
  • Spinal cord injuries with paralysis
  • Other severe back or neck injury
  • Whiplash
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Lacerations or puncture wounds
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Crush injuries or amputations
  • Significant scarring and disfigurement

In addition to these traumatic injuries, the attorneys at Manchin Ferretti Injury Law also help clients who have sustained significant emotional and psychological trauma as a result of the vehicle crash as well as their subsequent injuries and recovery. The psychological trauma that car accident victims endure can be just as debilitating as the physical injuries, and we know that our clients deserve compensation for these losses as well.

Common Causes of Martinsburg Car Accidents

The attorneys at Manchin Ferretti Injury Law understand that vehicle accidents occur in a wide variety of ways in Martinsburg and throughout Berkeley County. In most instances, a vehicle accident is caused by the careless or negligent actions of one or more drivers on the roadway. We conduct complete investigations into these cases, and we often discover that vehicle accidents are caused by the following:

Distracted Driving

This type of driving behavior is incredibly dangerous. Distracted driving occurs anytime a person takes their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel, or their mind off of driving. Distracted driving can occur due to mobile device usage, eating and drinking in the vehicle, talking to somebody else in the vehicle, applying makeup, and more.

Driving Under the Influence

Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is incredibly dangerous. In fact, a significant percentage of all West Virginia roadway fatalities each year are caused by alcohol-impaired driving. Any person operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs could face significant criminal and civil consequences as a result of their actions.

Speeding

This is one of the leading causes of vehicle accidents in the state of West Virginia. Anytime a person operates faster than the speed limit, or faster than roadway conditions allow, places other people at risk of sustaining severe injuries.

Reckless Driving

Speeding is not the only type of reckless driving that occurs on West Virginia roadways. Other types of reckless driving that could cause an accident include breaking sharply, abruptly accelerating, street racing, driving between lanes, illegal U-turns, driving towards oncoming traffic, or switching lanes without a turn signal.

Adverse Weather Conditions

Adverse weather conditions can create significant hazards on the roadway. This can include rain, snow, ice, etc. It is crucial that drivers remain aware of changing roadway conditions and adjust their driving behavior appropriately. It may be possible to drive through adverse weather conditions, but drivers need to adjust their speed appropriately to ensure that they do not get into an accident.

What to do After an Accident in Berkeley County

In the aftermath of sustaining an injury in a car accident in Berkeley County, there are various steps that victims can take to ensure they receive maximum compensation for their claim. This includes actions immediately following the crash as well as in the days after the incident.

  • Seek immediate medical care. It is vital that all injury victims go to a doctor right after a crash occurs so they can be treated and so there is a clear link established between the accident and the injuries.
  • Gather evidence. If it is possible to do at the scene of the crash, use a phone or another device to take photographs of the damages, injuries, debris, causes of the crash, etc. It is also important to get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses to the crash.
  • Report the incident to the insurer. You need to begin the claims process with your insurance carrier as soon as possible. You do not have to go into detail about the incident when you first make the report, but you do need to file the claim to prevent any delays or claim denials.
  • Contact an attorney as soon as possible. A skilled car accident attorney in Berkeley County will be able to help you from the very beginning of your case through to the end.

At Manchin Ferretti Injury Law, we are standing by to help when you need a Berkeley County accident attorney. We refuse to back down to aggressive insurance carriers, and we will not stop until we obtain the compensation you are entitled to. You can contact us online to schedule a free consultation or calling (304) 264-8505.

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