Types of Auto Accidents

Rely on our Roanoke car accident attorneys to help you with your case

There are many different types of car accidents. Whatever kind of crash you're dealing with, it's important to take strong legal action as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. Otherwise, you could miss your opportunity to be fairly compensated.

At Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC, we have years of experienced investigating different accidents in Virginia. We're familiar with many of the common causes of car accidents and we know what evidence to look for. That's why we have such a strong track record of success.

We're proud of our law firm's reputation. Founded in 1891, our firm has spent the last century gaining the trust of accident victims and getting them the money they rightfully deserve.
DISCLAIMER: The settlements and verdicts listed here represent a sampling of the case results pursued and won by Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC. Please note that every case is different and these verdicts and settlements, while accurate, do not represent what we may obtain for you in your case. Nor does it mean that we win all of our cases - we don't.

Some of our recent case results include a $300,000 settlement and a $240,000 settlement for car accident victims.


Every accident is unique. But there are many similarities between different types of crashes. Some of the most common ones we regularly deal with at our firm include:

  • Rear-end accident
  • Hit-and-run accident
  • Rollover accident
  • Interstate/Highway accident
  • Head-on collision
  • Pedestrian accident
  • Bicycle accident

Whatever type of accident you're dealing with in Southwest Virginia, many sure you have someone on your side looking out for your best interests and standing up for your rights. Make sure you contact Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC.


Every legal case presents its own challenges. Sometimes, the driver who caused your accident denies any wrongdoing or changes his or her story. Other times, insurance companies can be uncooperative. Evidence can disappear. Witnesses move away. You may be accused of being negligent, when you did nothing wrong.

We can help you, even if you feel your car accident claim is extremely complex. We know how to build rock-solid legal cases. We know how to negotiate directly with insurance companies. We know how to thoroughly investigate complicated crashes. We leave no stone unturned in pursuit of justice.

When you've been injured or lost a loved one in an accident, you may feel overwhelmed. You might be worried about your future. Let us shoulder the burden for you. Contact us and discover what we can do for you. Call (866) 434-1581 and schedule a free case evaluation.


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Rear-end accident

Many drivers think nothing of tailgating. When they follow someone too closely, these drivers often don't have enough time to slow or stop. As a result, they dramatically increase the risk of crashing into the vehicle in front of them. Without question, rear-end accidents are one of the most common types of crashes.

Each year, millions of rear-end crashes take place nationwide. These accidents might seem minor - until you're a victim of one yourself. Serious car accident injuries often occur as a result of these accidents.

One of the most common causes of rear-end accidents has become texting while driving, even though it's illegal to text and drive in Virginia. But in other cases, drivers are inattentive or they fail to account for wet, icy or snowy road conditions. Whatever the cause of your rear-end crash, make sure you contact us as soon as possible. We're here to help you make things right!


Hit-and-run accident

Drivers flee the scene of an accident for many reasons. Sometimes, these drivers are engaged in illegal activity, including drinking and driving or running a red light. Other times, these drivers don't have a license or have an expired license.

Whatever the reason, it's important you take strong legal action as soon as possible to protect your rights after your hit-and-run crash. Otherwise, you could jeopardize your ability to be fairly compensated for your accident.

Virginia law holds that drivers have a duty to stop in the event of an accident involving injury or death or damage to property. Drivers who flee may face a felony charge. Even though it's against the law, hit-and-run drivers account for thousands of crashes every year.

If the driver can't be found, you can turn to your own insurance policy and use your uninsured motorist coverage. In such cases, your own insurance company may become an adversary.

Insurance companies can be difficult to deal with after such accidents. That's why it's important to contact us. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies. We have a stellar track record of success and can help you get the money you deserve.


Rollover accident

These types of crashes happen for two primary reasons - reckless driving or defective design. In the case of reckless driving, some vehicles rollover because the driver was going too fast around a corner or driving erratically.

Other times, vehicles roll over because a manufacturer made a mistake during the design phase which made the vehicle vulnerable to rolling over. Some vehicles, especially certain SUVs, are more prone to rolling over than smaller passenger vehicles with low centers of gravity. In other cases involving defective designs, tires may blow out due to tread separation.

Whatever the cause your rollover accident, Virginia attorney William P. Davis and his colleagues can work with you and thoroughly investigate your claim. This often includes analyzing your accident report, consulting with experts and other detailed research. We're here for you.


Interstate/Highway accident

Car crashes often occur on I-81, I-64 and I-77 in Roanoke and other places throughout Southwest Virginia. When these accidents happen, the injuries can often be very severe. That's because vehicles involved in highway accidents are going fast or even speeding.

The following are some of the other roads in the Roanoke area where highway accidents may occur:

  • Interstate 581
  • U.S. Route 220 (Roy L. Webber Expressway)
  • State Route 419
  • Interstate 73
  • U.S. Route 460 (Melrose Avenue and Orange Avenue)
  • U.S. Route 11
  • U.S. Route 221
  • State Route 117
  • State Route 101
  • Blue Ridge Parkway

Another factor to consider is highway accidents sometimes involve out-of-state drivers and large insurance companies located in another state. Dealing with these large corporations and hard-to-reach drivers can be extremely complicated.

Our firm has years of experience handling such complicated cases. We know the area, understand Virginia's legal system and the laws governing such accidents. We also know how to negotiate with insurance companies and have the case results to prove it.


Head-on collision

Head-on accidents are among the most serious crashes in Virginia. That's because the force of the two vehicles traveling in opposite directions combine to increase the severity of the accident. Two vehicles traveling 65 miles per hour that crash into each other is the same as driving a car into a wall going 130 miles per hour.

Many traffic fatalities occur due to collisions involving two vehicles driving straight into each other. People who survive these accidents may face catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord damage resulting in paralysis. Sometimes, these accidents happen on highways. But most occur on residential streets and rural roads. These accidents happen for a wide range of reasons. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Falling asleep at the wheel
  • Passing illegally
  • Speeding

Such accidents are also especially common in construction zones or other places where traffic patterns have been altered and cause confusion among drivers. Wherever your accident happened, whatever the cause, contact us. We know how to uncover the truth and win personal injury and wrongful death cases for victims and their families.


Pedestrian accident

Pedestrian accidents can be some of the most dangerous types of accidents because they involve a vehicle hitting a person's unprotected body. These accidents affect people of all ages, although older adults and children are most likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident.

Drivers hit people crossing the street or walking alongside a road for a wide range of reasons. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian crashes in recent years include:

  • Distracted driving - People who text while driving often don't see pedestrians
  • Speeding - Like distracted drivers, speeders often don't have time to stop
  • Drunk driving - Drunk drivers often fail to stop in time, causing such serious crashes
  • Tired drivers - Falling asleep at the wheel often is a contributing factor

Don't underestimate the seriousness of your accident. Take strong legal action. Contact us. We understand the laws governing pedestrian accidents in Virginia and we're eager to help you get your life back on track. Don't delay. Virginia's Statute of Limitations restricts the amount of time you have to take legal action. Protect your rights. Contact us right now.


Bicycle accident

Cycling has become an increasingly popular sport and form of transportation for many people in Roanoke and throughout Southwest Virginia. Unfortunately, the risks associated with biking remain real. Bicycle accidents caused by other vehicles happen for many of the same reasons as pedestrian accidents. In many cases, many drivers claim they didn't see someone on a bike or didn't have time to slow down.

Young children remain vulnerable to being hit by cars while riding a bike, but increasingly, adults are victims in bike accidents as well. Whatever type of bicycle accident you're dealing with, contact us. We can help!



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