Tourist Car Accidents in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach is well known for its miles of beautiful beaches, its famous oceanfront boardwalk, and other attractions. Getting involved in a car accident while enjoying what the area has to offer can be extremely stressful – especially if you are a tourist from another city or out of state.
You likely don’t know which towing company to call or which local mechanic can be trusted to do a good job fixing your car. You may have been driving a rental car and are now faced with navigating the confusing mess that is rental car liability.
If this has happened to you in Virginia Beach, stop worrying. With a 30-year track record, the law firm of Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, P.C. is here to help you.
We take each Virginia Beach personal injury case very personally to make sure that justice is served. We are well versed in the specific laws that apply to tourist car accidents in Virginia Beach. To schedule a free consultation, call us or contact us online now.
Why Tourists Are Involved in Car Accidents in Virginia Beach
Each year, many tourists are involved in car accidents in Virginia Beach. In fact, tourists are often more vulnerable to getting into car accidents than locals are simply by virtue of being unfamiliar with the Tidewater area.
When a driver is on unfamiliar roads, for example, they are often forced to rely on GPS more than they would at home and more of their attention is spent looking for street signs and landmarks than normal.
While safely navigating using GPS is, of course, legal, it is one more thing that the driver’s mind is occupied with and can cause them to react more slowly to hazards in the road than they otherwise would have. Additionally, tourists tend to gravitate toward the same beaches and attractions.
While you may have been driving responsibility and staying alert, it is very likely that you were sharing the road with other visitors who were irresponsibly speeding or driving recklessly without giving the road the attention that it deserved. Driving under the influence is another contributing factor in car accidents, particularly in a resort area like Virginia Beach.
Where Could I Get Hurt as a Tourist in Virginia Beach?
While tourists in Virginia Beach are particularly vulnerable to car accidents while traveling to and from local attractions, those who vacation here are unfortunately susceptible to getting injured in a variety of other ways as well.
At our law firm, we handle a wide array of personal injury cases involving unsuspecting tourists who were injured due to someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or intentional misconduct.
For instance, tourists in Virginia Beach are sometimes injured while visiting the city’s extensive park system, at hotels, by negligently assembled carnival rides, dangerous water slides, cruise ship hazards, malfunctioning zip lines, and poorly maintained amusement park rides, just to name a few.
While on vacation, we tend to take risks that outside of our everyday lives (think skydiving, parasailing, ziplining, kite surfing, scuba diving, etc.). Therefore, it is important that tourists are extra careful to protect both their physical health as well as their legal rights while on vacation.
Consider taking the following steps in order to help reduce the risk of getting injured and to help protect your access to compensation if you do end up hurt:
- Always read liability waivers carefully before signing them.
- Read safety reviews online before selecting hotels or excursion providers.
- Write down the names and contact information of any witnesses who saw you get hurt.
- Take photos and videos depicting where you got hurt and the extent of your injuries.
- If you were injured on private property, be sure to notify the owner or manager of your injuries immediately.
- Do not accept responsibility for the accident.
- Consult with a local personal injury attorney if you believe that your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.
Car Accident Attorney for Tourists in Virgina Beach
Anyone who has been injured in Virginia Beach should consult with a local Virginia Beach personal injury attorney without delay.
Remember that each state has its own unique set of personal injury laws. If you are interested in pursuing a claim that may ultimately require filing a personal injury lawsuit in court, it is very important that your legal representative knows the local laws and ordinances and state laws inside and out.
It’s also important to work with an attorney who is familiar with the local court system, insurance adjusters who handle claims in the area, and other aspects of the legal system.
If you are from another state, keep in mind that attorneys in your home town are likely not licensed to practice law in Virginia.
How Our Law Firm Helps Tourists Hurt in Virginia Beach
At Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, we truly care about our clients and work hard to seek financial money damages for them. Our main goal is to help you pursue the compensation you are due and to serve your unique legal needs.
Furthermore, we cater specifically to tourists and communicate over phone and email regularly so that you can return home and get on with your life while relying on us to fight your legal battle.
You can count on us to handle the following:
- Launch an independent investigation into your accident.
- Identify every potential source of compensation.
- Manage all communication related to the accident.
- Thoroughly document your injuries and recovery.
- Consult with a range of experts.
- Build a strong case for compensation on your behalf.
- Aggressively negotiate with an insurance company for a fair and full settlement.
- Develop a strong trial strategy if necessary.
- Passionately undertake whatever steps necessary to secure the best possible outcome to your case.
Contact Us Today for Tourist Help in Virginia Beach
At Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, our team of experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyers are fully committed to providing quality legal representation to each and every one of our clients, regardless whether they live here or are visiting from out of town.