127 Salem Ave SE
Roanoke, VA 24011
Tel: (540) 266-3364
Nestled in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke is a scenic and vibrant community of almost 100,000. As the commercial and cultural hub of southwestern Virginia, Roanoke offers the opportunity to work and raise a family in a small-town setting while enjoying many of the amenities of big-city life. Known as Virginia’s Music City and Theater City, Roanoke offers a full cultural calendar of performances at a variety of venues: Mill Mountain Theatre, Star City Playhouse, Opera Roanoke, and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. While Roanoke offers ample opportunities to get out and about, that means increased traffic, leading to an increasing number of auto accidents. If you are seriously injured in a traffic accident in the Roanoke area, you can rely on a Roanoke car accident attorney from Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban to provide aggressive legal representation focused on results.
Serious and fatal traffic accidents have risen in Virginia in the last several years, following a trend nationwide. The National Safety Council estimates that automobile fatalities rose six percent nationally from 2015 to 2016. Injuries from car accidents that required medical attention also rose nationally by seven percent during the same period. Moreover, according to preliminary statistics from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the commonwealth had 741 fatalities in 2016, down slightly from 2015, when 753 people were killed. But pedestrian fatalities rose sharply from 78 in 2015 to 118 in 2016. Locally in 2015, Roanoke saw 1,910 crashes, which caused four fatalities and 643 injuries.
If you are injured in a serious car accident, an experienced attorney at our firm can help you get full and fair compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies are determined to pay as little as possible for claims: they use various tactics to wear you down so you’ll settle for less than your claim is worth. Having a determined attorney on your side from the outset sends a strong signal that you intend to fight for the full measure of compensation you deserve. Immediately retaining an attorney also strengthens your case, since we can start to investigate and preserve evidence right away.
When you seek compensation for auto accident injuries, you need to know that the most important element of your case is liability. Under Virginia’s pure contributory negligence rule, a defendant or defendants must be 100 percent responsible for your crash; if you share even one percent of the blame, you cannot collect compensation for your injuries. Naturally, defendants will always allege the victim was at least partially at fault. This is why it’s so important to have an experienced attorney help you prove your case.
At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, our attorneys are adept at proving fault. We have full-time investigators on staff, so we can respond rapidly to accident scenes to examine physical evidence and search out witnesses.
In a city the size of Roanoke, car accidents are a daily occurrence, for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes of accidents we’ve encountered in this part of southwestern Virginia include:
We are also familiar with area roads, including major arteries such as I-81 and U.S. 419, and the city’s most dangerous intersections, which include Electric Road and Elm View Road, and Challenger Avenue and Cloverdale Road, sites of frequent accidents in recent years. When a particular spot draws more crashes than you would reasonably expect, that’s a sign that poor road design or maintenance could also be a factor.
Our attorneys manage accident cases involving all types of vehicles: multiple cars, motorcycles, tractor- trailers, and commercial vehicles. We also represent a variety of victims: motorists, passengers, bicyclists, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians.
Many traffic accident cases seem straightforward. In a head-on collision, fault almost always lies with the driver who crosses the line into oncoming traffic. With rear-end collisions, the fault usually attaches to the trailing car. When a driver is intoxicated, negligence is readily apparent.
However, even when fault is clear, other complications can make it difficult for a victim to get full compensation. When a victim suffers catastrophic injury or wrongful death, it is almost impossible to set a sufficient level of compensation. When the at-fault driver is an underinsured or uninsured motorist, an unlicensed driver, or someone driving with a suspended license, the attorney must not only win a judgment but also find a way for the victim to collect.
In all types of accident cases, there is no substitute for an attorney’s experience and determination to win for the client. At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, we are determined to fight, and we always fight to win.
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm providing personalized service at our local Roanoke office. Take advantage of our free consultation and case evaluation by calling (888) 351-1038 or contacting our office online. If your injuries prevent you from visiting us, we are ready to visit you at home or in the hospital.
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