Morgantown, WV Car Accident Lawyers Fight for Full Compensation
Holding negligent drivers accountable for personal injuries
Since 1952, the distinguished attorneys at Angotti & Straface, L.C. have helped car accident victims in Morgantown and throughout West Virginia get the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident, we’ll fight to hold the negligent driver accountable for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering now and for the future. We represent clients for all kinds of vehicle accidents, including car crashes, 18-wheeler and tractor-trailer collisions, motorcycle accidents, bus crashes, and train wrecks. For fatal accidents, we can bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s personal representative.
How the state’s comparative negligence law affects your claim
West Virginia follows a comparative negligence system, also called a 50 percent rule system. If the driver who struck you is found to be 50 percent or more at fault for the accident, you are entitled to compensation. However, the amount of compensation you recover is reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you. If you are found to be 50 percent or more at fault, you cannot recover any damages. If your case proceeds to trial, the jury decides on that percentage.
It’s important to note that statistics show West Virginians fail to use seatbelts at a greater rate than drivers in the rest of the country do. But, even though failing to use a seatbelt can cause a driver or passenger to suffer significantly greater injury, the law does not consider failing to use a seatbelt to be an act of negligence and prohibits the court from reducing an injured party’s damages for that reason.
Our firm’s attorneys have more than 60 years of combined legal experience handling car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, which they focus to maximize your potential settlement. We retain investigators to conduct comprehensive and thorough research into the facts of your accident, including examination of the accident scene, the vehicles involved and police reports. We also interview witnesses. Our meticulous work is designed to establish liability and link that liability to your injury. Our firm’s attorneys hold the DistinguishedSM Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, so you can trust in our professionalism and high ethical standards as we work to secure compensation through settlement or trial.
Capable representation for various types of accidents and serious injuries
West Virginia reported 268 fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2015, which was the third straight year those numbers declined and a significant reduction from the 432 deaths recorded in 2007. Common causes of auto accidents include drunk driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving and manufacturing defects. Fatalities in West Virginia might be further reduced if drivers and passengers wore seatbelts more often. Each can cause serious injuries, and much depends on the type of collision:
- Rear-end hit. The most common type of car accident, a rear-end collision is usually caused by a driver’s failure to brake in time. Driver distraction, faulty brakes or tailgating could be the reason for this failure. Fault is usually assigned to the driver of the rear-ending car.
- Head-on hit. A head-on collision happens when the front end of one vehicle impacts the front end of another. This type of crash results in the most fatalities.
- Sideswipe. A sideswipe accident occurs when two parallel cars collide. Injuries and damages may be minimal unless one of the cars spirals out of control as a result of the impact. The severity of injuries depends on the size and weight of the vehicles involved.
- Broadside. A broadside collision happens when the front end of one car hits the side of another head on.
- Vehicle rollover. Vehicles with a high center of gravity, especially SUVs, are prone to roll over onto sides or roofs when they make sharp turns at high speeds. Serious injuries, including spinal cord damage, may result from vehicle rollover.
- Multi-vehicle pileups. A domino effect can occur when one vehicle piles into another, and another, and another. Results are typically disastrous.
Over the decades, we have represented clients injured on roads and highways throughout the state. These have included devastating high-speed collisions on I-79, I-68, Route 43, U.S. 19, U.S. 119, Route 7, Route 705, and CR 857. The most serious injuries arising from these crashes include:
- Amputation and loss of limbs
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
When serious injuries result from car wrecks, West Virginians know they can rely on our firm for a straightforward assessment and aggressive representation. And you pay no attorney fees unless we recover damages for you.
Injured in a car accident? Contact us for your free initial consultation
Angotti & Straface, L.C. in Morgantown, West Virginia helps you get the money you need for lost wages, medical expenses, vehicle replacement, and pain and suffering. Call us around the clock at 304-212-7368 or contact us online to arrange your free initial consultation. Spanish translation services are available upon request. For the seriously injured, we make home or hospital room visits.