Richmond Injury and Workers' Compensation Attorneys
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Suffering a serious injury can devastate your life. You need comprehensive medical care and the resources to keep you going until you can get back on your feet—and back to work. If someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions caused your accident, you deserve justice.
At River Run Law, we aggressively pursue justice and fair financial compensation for the wrongfully injured. We can assist you or a loved one with your personal injury or workers’ compensation claim, protecting your legal rights and holding the responsible party accountable for their actions.
You deserve to have a passionate advocate on your side. We service clients in Richmond, Virginia, and throughout the surrounding communities. When you don’t know where to turn for help, trust our experienced attorneys to get the job done for you.
Our boutique law practice leverages cutting-edge technology to provide a highly personalized level of service. We have built our practice on a foundation of trust, compassion, and responsive communication. With an extensive network of resources and a wealth of knowledge and experience behind us, we help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages.
We offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation for Richmond injury victims. When you trust us to handle your injury accident case, you never owe any legal fees until and unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
Contact us now to learn more or to speak with one of our experienced Richmond, VA personal injury lawyers.
Frequently Asked Questions for Richmond Personal Injury Attorneys
What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney?
A personal injury lawyer in Richmond can offer many advantages in your case, including:
Negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf;
Protecting injury victims from settling for less than the claim is worth;
Preparing evidence that bolsters your claim;
Investigating the circumstances of your case; and
Communicating with the opposing party.
We will keep you informed about the progress of your case every step of the way. Hiring a personal injury lawyer in Richmond, VA, gives you the best chance of securing the level of compensation that you deserve.
How Do I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Richmond?
Many personal injury attorneys offer free initial consultations. Use this time to feel out the attorney and determine if you can work with them. During the initial consultation, you can discuss the facts of your case and determine whether you qualify to bring a lawsuit. After the consultation, you do not have to hire the attorney you met with. You can schedule more consultations with additional lawyers and make a decision later. Make sure you know who will be handling your case – an attorney or a paralegal.
How Much Should a Personal Injury Attorney in Richmond Charge?
At River Run Law, we do not collect a fee unless and until we secure a judgment or settlement in your favor. That means if you do not receive compensation, neither do we. We will do everything in our power to ensure you receive the maximum settlement possible.
If you are thinking about hiring a personal injury lawyer, schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with one of our Richmond personal injury attorneys at River Run Law.
Can I File a Personal Injury Claim Without a Lawyer?
Technically, you can file a personal injury claim without an attorney. However, that does not mean that you should. Our personal injury attorneys are experienced in their field and have knowledge about these types of cases. Let us handle the complexities of the lawsuit while you focus on spending time with your family.
How Do I Select a Personal Injury Lawyer in Richmond, Virginia?
If you have started your search for a personal injury attorney in Richmond, VA, you have likely realized there are thousands of them. So how can you separate all the personal injury attorneys in Richmond? One way is through initial consultations, described above. Another way you can learn more about a personal injury lawyer is through their client testimonials. Client testimonials include reviews from former clients that hired the same attorney to represent them.
What our clients are saying about us
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"I was in a car accident that totaled my car and left me with significant medical bills. I wanted to file a lawsuit against the other driver. Casey came well recommended, and he took control of the whole process. He was very responsive and we were very happy with the settlement he obtained. He was attentive, easy to reach, and we knew our case was in good hands."
- J.T. | Car Accident, May 2021
"I worked with Brooke Alexander who resolved my case with tremendous results. She took charge of my case and put me completely at ease. A great, friendly, professional attorney. I strongly recommend her services."
- Jessica | Slip and Fall, Jan. 2021
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"The River Run Law Firm team is truly professional, and a pleasure to work with! Casey is full of knowledge, very responsive, and brings a sense of ease to an intimidating circumstance. He is a trustful guide, whom you can rely on through the entire process. I cannot imagine going through this experience without him, and I would highly recommend to all!"
- Robin | Workers Compensation, Dec. 2020
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"I was working with another law firm prior to Brooke taking over my case. Brooke made me comfortable through out the whole process. Brooke did not know deep down inside I was a little worried with me not knowing too much about her. I’m going to be the first to say. Sometime you have to leap in on faith like I did. Brooke performed Outstanding work, she made me feel very comfortable and most of all she didn’t leave me feeling uncertain about any decision made. You guys are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! If I can give more than 5 stars I would have done it with NO hesitation."
- Christine | Car Accident, Dec. 2020
"Casey, and the team at River Run Law handled my case with the upmost professionalism. From start to finish they kept me up to date with where we were and what the next steps would be. I was never blindsided by anything. Couldn’t recommend them more highly!"
- Rodes | General Practice, Dec. 2020
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"I wish it were more words to describe River Run Law & Attorney Casey Ariail ! Hands down ABSOLUTELY the best ! You feel like you’ve known him your whole life & he’s very easy to speak with . It wasn’t a time I felt in the dark about my case & any questions at any time I could call & actually get a response most of the time I call & if Mr. Casey Ariail didn’t answer the first time I always receive a return call within 15 to 30 minutes . I haven’t had a better experience with a Law Firm ! I’ll DEFINITELY be working with them for the years to come !"
- Chelse | Car Accident, Nov. 2020
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Five Reasons Why You Should Invest in a Dash Camera
Apr 10, 2023 | By Brooke Alexander | Read Time: 3minutes
If you are wondering, What is a dash cam used for? And should I get one? You have come to the right place. In this article, we will discuss five reasons you should invest in a dash cam for your vehicle. However, before understanding why dashcams are a good idea, let the Richmond personal injury lawyers at River Run Law address some basics. If you have questions, please contact us online. What Is a Dash Cam? A dashboard camera, or dash cam as it is called for short, is a device that is mounted in your vehicle to allow you to record everything that occurs while you drive. Where Do You Mount a Dash Cam? As the name implies, a dash cam is typically mounted on the vehicle’s dashboard. However, it can be attached to almost anywhere in the interior or exterior of your car. Usually, the camera is mounted to the inside of your windshield or dashboard with a suction cup. How Does a Dash Cam Work? Dash cams work similarly to any camera or video recording device. Dashcams typically start recording once you start your car and will record on a loop. They are designed to continuously record, for the simple reason you generally do not have advanced warning of when something may occur and when to turn the camera on. Dash Cam Footage Saves Client THE CASE: Car Accident Settled Out of Court THE FACTS: Our client was in the right straight through lane of a major intersection. Her light was a green ball, as she continued out into the middle of the intersection, a van came from her right at a high rate of speed and t-boned her car. The other driver claimed she had the green light. This case would have spent months in litigation but not for a kind person who happened to have a Go-Pro/Dash Cam in his vehicle. He was stopped at the light when the other driver flew past him, ignored the red light and hit my client. He stayed at the scene and provided a copy of the video footage to the police and to my client. Despite being ticketed, the other driver continued to fight the charge and maintained to her insurance company she had the light. CASE RESULT: We may have even lost with the jury. But because there was actual video footage of the other driver, her red light and the crash, my client was able to resolve the matter out of court. Why Should I Get a Dash Cam? You might be wondering, I don’t drive for a living (e.g., I’m not an Uber driver, etc.), so why get a dash cam? Is it necessary? Here are five reasons you should invest in a dash camera. A dash cam is a silent witness to events that may unfold while driving. Because of its ability to capture what is happening in real-time, there are several benefits to investing in one. 1. Provide Evidence in the Event of a Car Accident Dashcams offer solid non-biased evidence of what occurred in real time before, during, and after an accident. Dashcams help eliminate accusatory points of view. The recordings can be used as evidence of injuries and damage during a wreck. 2. Protect Against Insurance Fraud Unfortunately, insurance fraud is prevalent in the United States and costs consumers over $300 billion annually. Sometimes it is as simple as an at-fault driver trying to shift blame to the victim to avoid liability. Other times, criminals engage in insurance fraud schemes intending to defraud. Dash cam footage can quickly quash their plan. 3. Prevent Theft or Vandalism of Your Car Many dash cams begin recording motion. A dash cam can catch thieves and vandals on camera should they approach your unattended vehicle. The mere sight of a camera may even deter them altogether. 4. Avoid Traffic Tickets Dashcams can do more than record what they see. Some are also equipped with night vision, speedometers, and GPS tracking. The information can be helpful if you are pulled over and believe the police officer may have made a mistake. Using dash cam footage can help your defense in traffic court. 5. Supervise Your Younger Driver Although this reason may not apply to everyone, if you are a parent to a new or young driver, a dash cam can allow you to see how your child is doing behind the wheel and give you peace of mind. Get in Contact with a Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer Today If you were recently in an accident, contact River Run Law to schedule a consultation to review your dash cam footage. We offer no-cost, no-obligation consultations.
Sep 22, 2023 | By Brooke Alexander | Read Time: 4minutes
Even though Virginia has enacted strict drunk-driving penalties, hundreds of people still lose their lives each year in drunk-driving-related accidents. Nationwide, the annual number of alcohol-related deaths from auto accidents soars to over 10,000. While Virginia is not the worst state in the country for DUIs, the state’s drunk driving accident statistics provide some concerning insights. Read on to learn more about DUI-related statistics in Virginia. If you have questions, or would like to speak with a Richmond drunk driving lawyer, please contact us today! Virginia Drunk Driving Car Accident Statistics from 1996 to 2021 The percentage of total crashes involving alcohol impairment in Virginia has primarily trended downward every year. In 1996, 11,220 crashes, or 8.6%, involved alcohol. In 2021, the number was down to 6,749 or 5.7%. The total number of alcohol-related fatalities in 1996 was 346. In recent years, the percentage of alcohol-related fatalities has generally trended down. The most recent 2021 statistics put the number of deaths in alcohol-related accidents at 247. Alcohol-related injuries have also been trending downward since 1996, when they were at a near-high of 9,083. 1997 was the highest year during this period, with 9,124 injuries. By 2021, those figures were over 50% lower, with 4,224 alcohol-related injuries. Unfortunately, the average blood alcohol content (“BAC”) levels of drunk drivers have been increasing recently, while DUI convictions have decreased. In 1996, 27,921 people were convicted of a DUI, with an average BAC of 0.143. In 2021, convictions fell to 15,988 while the average BAC rose to 0.155. Virginia vs. National Averages—DUI Death Rates by Age and Sex According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Virginia ranks lower than the national average in all categories of alcohol-impaired driving death rates by age except for one—underage DUI deaths. The national average for 0-20 years old is 11 per 100,000 people. However, Virginia ranks slightly higher at 13 per 100,000 people. Other Virginia drunk driving accident statistics for age-related DUI fatalities indicate: Regarding alcohol-impaired driving deaths by sex, the national average per 100,000 is 4.9 for males and 1.6 for females. In Virginia, it’s 4.2 for males and 1.4 for females. DUI Accidents by Virginia County Statistics released by the Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia Highway Safety Office include a breakdown of DUI-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries by county. The most recent report covers 2018 to 2022. The counties with the most alcohol-related crashes were: Counties with the highest DUI fatalities from 2018 to 2022 were: Counties with the highest DUI-accident injuries from 2018 to 2022 were: According to the report, there’s one crash every 4.3 minutes in Virginia, and 2.8 lives are lost daily. Underage Drinking and Driving in Virginia Virginia struggles with underage drinking and driving, as evidenced by the higher-than-average statistics for underage DUI fatalities. Like other states, Virginia has a zero-tolerance law concerning anyone under 21 consuming alcohol and driving. Certain times of year are prone to higher episodes of underage drinking and driving, including prom and graduation. According to the CDC, the percentage of teenagers 16 and older who drink and drive decreased by half between 1991 and 2011. However, one in ten high school students still reported drinking and driving one or more times. Because teen drivers are three times more likely to get into a fatal crash, consuming alcohol increases that risk significantly. Virginia Labor Day DUI Statistics Labor Day typically signals the end of the summer season. However, the Virginia State Police note that it’s not the time to stop prioritizing traffic safety. The annual Operation CARE (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) takes place every Labor Day weekend. During this time, motorists will see an increased law enforcement presence and checkpoints. The purpose is to stop as many impaired drivers as possible before they cause an accident. Statistics for the 2023 Labor Day weekend have yet to be released. In 2022, however, the Virginia State Police busted 87 impaired drivers. What Are the Worst States for Drunk Driving? According to research from Forbes Advisor, Montana ranks as the worst state in the country for the most drunk drivers, followed by Wyoming, Texas, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Virginia comes in at 34th on this list. The districts and states with the fewest drunk drivers are the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Utah, Delaware, and New York. Other Types of Impaired Driving Drinking alcohol isn’t the only type of impairment that can kill someone. Driving under the influence of drugs is also severely risky. Illegal drugs can cause impairment similar to the effects caused by consuming alcohol. Someone who smokes marijuana or takes another illicit drug cannot always judge their impairment level. It’s important to note that you can also find yourself in trouble with prescription medication. When the pharmacist tells you not to take this medication and operate a vehicle, there’s a reason. You should discuss all prescription medications with your health provider and understand the effects of the drug on you before getting behind the wheel. Driving under the influence of illicit drugs or prescription medication in Virginia can also result in a DUI arrest. Virginia law enforcement officers receive special training to help them recognize drugged drivers. Do not assume a DUI only means drinking alcohol and driving. Contact a Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer at River Run Law Did you or a loved one sustained injuries from a drunk driver in Virginia? If so, you could have the right to pursue a claim for your injuries and other damages. At River Run Law, we focus exclusively on personal injury matters. Our founding partners have decades of combined legal experience and will aggressively pursue the fair compensation you deserve. Please contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about your legal rights if a drunk driver strikes you.
Virginia Car Insurance Laws: Do You Need Car Insurance in Virginia?
Sep 14, 2023 | By Brooke Alexander | Read Time: 4minutes
Do you need car insurance in Virginia? The Commonwealth of Virginia is one of the few U.S. states that does not require motorists to carry auto liability insurance. If you choose not to purchase car insurance, Virginia car insurance laws state you must pay an extra fee each year, along with your vehicle registration. And payment of this hefty fee doesn’t provide you with any insurance coverage. In other words, you will still be personally liable if involved in an accident. Although you can legally drive without car insurance in Virginia, you face a significant risk of legal and financial liability should you cause a car accident. If you get hurt in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, the bigger concern will be whether the at-fault party has car insurance. You could recover compensation for your injuries, lost income, pain and suffering, and more through an insurance claim or civil lawsuit. An experienced Virginia car accident lawyer from River Run Law can help you get the justice you deserve and maximize your financial compensation. Contact us online or call us at 804-408-4934 today to get started. We offer free consultations. DO YOU HAVE TO COMPLY WITH VIRGINIA’S CAR INSURANCE LAWS? Virginia car insurance laws dictate that drivers must carry proof of insurance in their vehicle at all times. Before you can purchase license plates or register the vehicle, you must show proof that the vehicle meets the auto insurance Virginia requirements. DOES VIRGINIA REQUIRE CAR INSURANCE? In Virginia, you must either carry auto liability insurance according to the Commonwealth’s minimum coverage requirements, or you must pay a fee to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This requirement applies to all registered vehicles. You can legally drive without insurance in the state, provided you pay the required uninsured motor vehicle fee to avoid being fined. WHAT CAR INSURANCE IS REQUIRED IN VIRGINIA? Minimum car insurance in Virginia requirements are as follows: Under the Virginia car insurance laws, auto policies must also include coverage for uninsured and underinsured motorists, with limits that equal the policy’s limits of liability. However, the law provides you with the right to refuse this coverage. Based on the Commonwealth’s lax requirements for auto insurance, however, carrying uninsured motorist coverage makes good sense. If you elect to forgo car insurance coverage, you must pay an uninsured motor vehicle fee to the DMV when registering your vehicle. “Virginia drivers are required to purchase a minimum amount of auto insurance coverage for all registered vehicles. You can legally drive without insurance in Virginia, but you have to pay an uninsured motor vehicle fee to avoid a penalty.” WHAT IS THE VIRGINIA UNINSURED MOTOR VEHICLE FEE? If you register a vehicle but don’t currently have auto insurance, the DMV imposes an Uninsured Motor Vehicle Fee of $500. This fee is assessed in addition to the registration fees. Paying this fee serves one purpose: It allows you to register a vehicle without having insurance coverage. This fee expires with your registration each year and must be paid upon renewal to keep your registration valid. If you cause an accident while driving without insurance, you are personally liable for any damage that occurs as a result. You will also face penalties from the DMV. If you have been involved in a truck accident in Virginia, we invite you to call our attorneys at (804) 889-0500. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T HAVE CAR INSURANCE IN VIRGINIA? If you register a vehicle and state that you have insurance when you actually don’t, the DMV will assess fines and fees of approximately $750. You will also face the suspension of your driver’s license and vehicle registration privileges. The DMV will also require you to keep insurance coverage in force continuously for three years from the date of your violation. You must file the SR-22 Proof of Insurance and Financial Liability form during that period to prove valid coverage. If you cause or contribute to a motor vehicle collision while driving without insurance in Virginia, you are personally liable for any damages that result. The victims can sue you for damages, and if they prevail, you could face having a judgment entered against you. This judgment can significantly affect your credit score and lead to liens, wage garnishments, and bank levies. WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST OF CAR INSURANCE IN VIRGINIA When it comes to car insurance Virginia requirements, many people opt to buy the bare minimum. Even though Virginia falls below the national average for insurance rates, it’s still expensive for many people. According to Money Geek, $790 is the average annual Virginia insurance cost. This amount is much lower than the national average of $1,424. This average helps Virginia rank as the 7th cheapest state for drivers purchasing auto insurance. However, potential rates can change considerably depending on your driving record, age, and how much coverage you plan to buy. Here are some examples of other Virginia car insurance rates: Drivers who have previous traffic violations or are young will typically pay the most for insurance. Don’t be shocked if you cannot find coverage for the average amount. Depending on what study you look at, the average cost differs. U.S. News and World Report says the average is higher at $1,066 annually. CONTACT OUR VIRGINIA CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS TODAY If you suffered injuries in a Virginia car accident, reach out to the experienced Virginia auto accident attorneys of River Run Law as quickly as possible. We can help you navigate the complexities of personal injury claims and lawsuits. We fight to protect your legal rights and get you every dollar possible for your injuries and other damages. Call 804-408-4934 or contact us online today for a free consultation and case review or to discuss the Virginia car insurance laws and requirements with one of our experienced car accident attorneys. Where You Can Find Our Richmond, Virginia Office
If you have lost a loved one due to the wrongful actions of another, you may have a valid wrongful death claim. However, not all people can bring such a claim under Virginia law. Thus, it is important to know who can bring a Virginia wrongful death claim. In this article, we will discuss what constitutes a wrongful death and who can bring a claim. In doing so, we hope to provide you with valuable information as you work through the death of your loved one. Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences you will go through in life. But know that there are things you can do to help you recover. The wrongful death lawyers at River Run Law want to help. Read on for more information about wrongful death claims in Virginia, and contact our team to see what we can do to help you recover. What Is a Wrongful Death Claim? Under Virginia law, a wrongful death occurs where someone’s death is caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of a person or corporation. Virginia law further states that a wrongful death claim is proper if the injured party would have been entitled to bring a personal injury action had he or she survived. However, because the injured party has died, a wrongful death action provides a right of recovery and a way to hold accountable the party responsible for the death. Now that you have an idea of what exactly a wrongful death action is, let’s go into more detail on who can bring a wrongful death claim in Virginia. Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim? Only certain family members may benefit from a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased. Virginia law refers to these family members as “statutory beneficiaries” under Virginia wrongful death law. Virginia Code section 8.01-53 details the family members who can benefit from a wrongful death claim and in what order they are permitted to do so. The statutory beneficiaries who may file a wrongful death lawsuit include: The surviving spouse has the first priority when it comes to filing a wrongful death lawsuit. However, if there is no surviving spouse, the next claim of right belongs to the child(ren) of the deceased. Then, if the decedent had no surviving spouse or children, the parents, siblings, and other surviving family members of the decedent hold the next claim of right to file a wrongful death suit. While these statutory beneficiaries are the ones who will recover compensation in a wrongful death action, Virginia law requires that the personal representative of the estate bring the lawsuit. The decedent will typically name their personal representative through his or her will. Alternatively, however, a judge can name a personal representative who will bring the lawsuit. What Do I Need To Prove A Wrongful Death Claim? Code of Virginia section 8.01-50 addresses the requirements for filing a wrongful death claim in Virginia. Under Virginia wrongful death law, you must be able to prove that: These elements can often be difficult to prove. However, that does not mean recovery is impossible by any means. At River Run Law, we know what it takes to prove a wrongful death case, and we will fight to do just that. What Can I Recover in a Virginia Wrongful Death Lawsuit One of the benefits of a Virginia wrongful death lawsuit is the ability to recover monetary compensation in the aftermath of losing your loved one. This compensation is referred to as your legal “damages.” While no amount of compensation can bring your loved one back to you, these damages can be extremely helpful to you in recovering from their loss. Examples of damages for which you can recover in a wrongful death action in Virginia include compensation for: Additionally, in some cases you may be entitled to “punitive” damages. Virginia courts may award punitive damages in rare circumstances to account for willful, wanton, or reckless conduct that “evinces a conscious disregard for the safety of others.” Calculating the amount of damages you are entitled to in a wrongful death case can be extremely complicated. The total sum will often be determined by a number of factors that can be difficult to ascertain and prove. If you have questions about how much you may be entitled to recover, contact an attorney to discuss your case in more detail. Consult A Virginia Wrongful Death Attorney Today If you have lost a family member at the hands of someone’s wrongful or negligent actions, it is time to fight for the justice your loved one deserves. A Virginia wrongful death lawyer can help you do just that. An experienced Virginia wrongful death attorney can help you assess your claims, determine the strength of your case, and fight to hold the responsible party accountable and get you the compensation you need and deserve. To discuss your case with an experienced wrongful death lawyer, contact River Run Law today. We offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to review your case and get you the legal assistance you need. You will never owe us any legal fees unless and until we recover compensation on your behalf. So don’t wait—contact our team today for your free consultation, and see how we can help you. Where You Can Find Our Richmond, Virginia Office