West Virginia Car Accident Attorneys Seeking Justice for Victims
The West Virginia car accident attorneys at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson have helped clients throughout the state recover the compensation they deserve. Our team has nearly 150 years of combined legal experience, and we’ve recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
If you’ve been involved in a WV car accident, contact our firm today to learn how we can help you.
West Virginia Car Accident Attorneys Representing Injured Clients
When it comes to West Virginia car accident attorneys, experience matters. We’ve represented clients in thousands of car accident cases, and we know how to navigate the West Virginia legal system and advocate on your behalf.
The most common types of auto accident cases involve inadequate attention to the road and other drivers, text messaging and cell phone use, drunk driving, and dram shop liability (overserving to a patron), but every accident is different. Our attorneys will investigate the accident and determine what party or parties are at fault and responsible under the law to compensate you for your injuries and losses.
Compensation for Accidents Involving Text Messaging and Cell Phone Use
According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2020, 3,142 people were killed in auto accidents involving distracted drivers. A leading cause of distracted driving is text messaging and cell phone use while driving. Texting and talking impair a driver’s ability to focus and to react to activity on the road.
Research has even shown that people who are distracted by their cell phones are more impaired than if they were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Many states have banned the use of cell phones while driving. Under West Virginia law, drivers may not operate a motor vehicle while texting or using a cell phone unless the phone is being used via hands-free equipment.
Despite the law and increasing awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, many drivers continue to text and talk on the phone while driving. If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, a Martinsburg accident lawyer at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson can help you understand your rights and seek compensation if you are eligible.
West Virginia Car Accident Attorneys for Victims of Drunk Driving
While public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving has improved, drunk driving incidents still contribute to dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries in the state of West Virginia each year.
Drunk driving is dangerous because alcohol impairs a driver’s judgment and inhibits reflexes. Both of these factors increase the likelihood that a drunk driver will either cause an accident or be unable to avoid a hazard on the road.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driving accident, you need a skilled WV car accident lawyer. Legal representation can ensure that you are compensated not only for medical bills and damaged property but also for lost wages and pain and suffering.
The lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson know how to navigate these delicate cases, identify all responsible parties, and get the most favorable outcome for our clients.
Dram Shop Compensation with the Help of West Virginia Car Accident Attorneys
Like many states, West Virginia enacted a “dram shop” law in an effort to curb incidences of drunk driving. The law prohibits an establishment from selling alcohol to a person who is intoxicated. A business that serves alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person is subject to liability for accidents caused by that customer as a result of impairment from alcohol.
When a visibly intoxicated patron requests to be served, the establishment has a responsibility to the public to refuse service. If it fails to carry out this responsibility, the business may face liability for a drunk driving incident that occurs after the patron has left its establishment.
If you’ve been the victim of a drunk driving accident and the patron was served at an establishment on the day of the accident, you may have a case against both the driver and the business that served them.
Contact a Martinsburg Accident Lawyer at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and another party was at fault—whether it resulted from distracted driving, drunk driving, or another cause—it’s important to know your rights. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury due to the fault of another driver, consult with the West Virginia car accident attorneys at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson today. Our dedicated team of lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation by calling 304-263-0900 or filling out our online contact form.