We get many phone calls from potential clients who either have cases that are too small for us to handle or are looking for advice on how to negotiate with the insurance companies on their own. One of the first things they ask is what documents the insurance company needs in order to evaluate their claim.

Drunk drivers are a menace on Virginia roads. Not only do they cause more accidents than sober people, but the car crashes caused by drunk drivers are more violent and cause more injuries and fatalities than those caused by sober drivers. This is because, due to the way the brain and your body processes alcohol, the driver’s reflexes are slowed and the impacts of the crash are much larger.

Some of the most catastrophic injuries that we see come from pedestrian vs. car accidents. These types of accidents are far too common and can often be avoided by putting some of these basic safety tips into practice.

If you’ve been in an auto accident in northern Virginia, you might be thinking about negotiating a personal injury settlement on your own. There are some ways to improve the value of your case in the eyes of the insurance adjuster.

Always Use the Crosswalk

If there is one available, make sure that you cross at a marked crosswalk or intersection. Lots of accidents happen because pedestrians cross the street in areas where drivers are not expecting to see them. If you’re at an intersection without a crosswalk, the commonwealth of Virginia requires you to cross by the most direct route and to exercise reasonable care for your own safety.

Insurance companies are great at creating fear in auto accident victims. As Fairfax car accident attorneys, we hear from people every day that they are frustrated that the insurance company is consistently setting up hurdles in their case or that the adjuster “stopped being nice” or that the case switched to a different adjuster who simply isn’t returning their phone calls.

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