Gate City, Virginia Car Accident Lawyer & Wrongful Death Attorney

Gate City, Virginia Car Accident LawyerGate City, Virginia Car Accident Lawyer

Approximately 40,000 people lose their lives and 4.5 million are seriously injured in car accidents each year.  If you or a loved one were involved in an automobile accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have a right to seek compensation.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we represent clients injured from many different types of vehicle-related accidents, including those involving:

  • Cars
  • Passenger trucks
  • Commercial trucks
  • Delivery vehicles
  • Taxis
  • Uber and Lyft vehicles
  • Buses
  • Motorcycles
  • Mopeds
  • Bicycles
  • SUVs
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Vans
  • ATVs/UTVs (including four-wheeler and side-by-side utility vehicles)

As an experienced Gate City, VA car accident lawyer, Mark Hurt can help you and your family seek justice and recover the full compensation to which you are rightfully entitled.

Where Car Accidents Happen Most

Many people avoid traveling during holiday seasons or school breaks because of the alarming rates of road fatalities.  What they may not realize is that the majority of accidents occur within 10 miles of home.[3]  Thus, while it is always helpful to be concerned about safe travel, the fact is that for Gate City residents, it is more probable to be injured along US-23, than somewhere outside of town.

There are many causes of motor vehicle accidents, and most of them are preventable.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following are some of the most prevalent causes:

  • Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield
  • Careless or reckless driving
  • Drowsiness, sleepiness, or fatigue
  • Visual obstructions (rain, snow, glare, lights, trees, etc.)
  • Failure to obey traffic signs or signals
  • Unbelted deaths
  • Cell phone use
  • Other types of negligence

While some accident causes (such as bad weather) may not be preventable, most of the cases of car accidents are due to the deliberate or careless actions of other drivers.

Proving Car Accident Fault

In Virginia, as an injury victim, you can file a claim or a lawsuit (when necessary) against a negligent party and their insurance company to seek compensation for your injuries.  To prove negligence, you must prove that:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care prior to the injury;
  • The defendant’s actions violated this duty; and
  • The violation of the duty of care caused your injury.

As an example, Virginia drivers owe a duty of care to others by following the law when driving, and not to engage in actions such as speeding or running a red light (which would violate this duty of care).  They also owe the duty to drive carefully, such as not taking their eyes off the road to text while driving.  If they fail to exercise the proper degree of care expected by a reasonable person in the situation, they can be liable.

Identifying All Those Legally Responsible for Your Accident

Often, multiple parties are partly responsible for a single car accident.  In these situations, most states follow a formula known as “comparative negligence” in determining damages and liability, whereby each person at fault in a car crash will be accountable to the victim for the percentage of damages attributable to their conduct or negligence (such percentage is determined by a jury).

As an example, if another driver is found to be 90% at fault for an accident, the injured person is found to be 10% at fault, and the total damages are $100,000, the other driver would owe the injured person $90,000 (90% x $100,000).  The injured person would then be responsible for $10,000 of their damages (10% x $100,000), since the jury determined that they were 10% at fault.

Virginia, however, is one of only a handful of states that follows what is known as “pure contributory negligence.”  Under the pure contributory negligence rule, a person must be totally without fault in order to recover, meaning that even being even 1% responsible can bar a person from receiving compensation. In the above example, the injury victim would not be able to recover any money from the other driver, even though a jury determined that the other driver was 90% at fault.

Because of Virginia’s strict contributory negligence rule, compiling evidence and putting together a strong claim or case that shows the other party was 100% at fault can be critical.  If a car crash case goes to trial, the defendants will almost certainly try to blame the injured person for some portion of fault in an effort to escape all liability.  With more than 30 years of representing injury victims and families, attorney Mark Hurt can assess the details of your case and analyze whether the negligent driver and their insurance company may be able to raise a contributory negligence defense.

Get the Experienced Car Accident Representation You Deserve to Combat Insurance Companies and Their Lawyers

Most insurance companies are for-profit businesses that are interested in making as much money as possible.  The less money that have to pay in claims and damages, the more money they make.

Further, the insurance company for the driver who hit you does not have any obligation to you – their only obligation is to the driver that they insured.  This is the case even if you happen to use the same insurance company as the other driver. Because insurance companies are only looking out for their interests and the interests of their insured, aggressive action needs to be taken to protect your rights.

For over three decades, Mark Hurt has been helping auto accident victims and their families collect compensation.  He has successfully secured millions of dollars for clients to help with damages including medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.  Mark knows how to stand up to insurance companies and seek the compensation that you deserve.

Legal Fees for Injury Representation

In many cases, law firms charge astronomical hourly legal fees.  Many injury victims are hesitant to reach out to an attorney out of fear that representation may be unaffordable, or that they may be required to pay thousands of dollars in costs to advance their cases.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, you needn’t be concerned with how you are going to pay for representation because we only collect a fee if you recover compensation.  Further, while your case is ongoing, we advance all litigation costs so that you won’t need to come out of pocket for these expenses (typically, litigation expenses are deducted from a settlement or jury award).  Your role is to focus on recovery while we handle all aspects of seeking full and fair compensation on your behalf.

Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit for a Car Crash Case

Virginia Code section 8.01-50 defines a wrongful death as a death “caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of any person or corporation.”  Under this statute, family members can seek a legal remedy for the loss of their loved one if the circumstances surrounding the death would have given rise to a personal injury action, had the individual lived.

If you have lost a loved one in a car, truck, or other automobile accident, we offer our sincerest condolences.  We understand the emotional, physical, and financially effects that can arise after the loss of a loved one in a tragic car accident.  While nothing that can make up for the loss of a family member, seeking damages may help lessen some of the financial burden.

Under Virginia law, damages in a wrongful death lawsuit may include:

  • Sorrow, grief, and mental anguish
  • Loss of the deceased’s companionship, care, comfort, guidance, and advice
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Punitive damages
  • The value of lost wages and benefits (including the wages and benefits the deceased might have earned, if he or she had lived)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses related to the final illness or injury of the deceased[4]

Under Virginia Code section 8.01-52, a wrongful death claim can only be filed by certain “statutory beneficiaries.”  Statutory beneficiaries in Virginia consist of family members or dependents who, by law, are entitled to recover in a wrongful death claim, and consist of:

  • The surviving spouse and children or grandchildren of the deceased;
  • The surviving parents and siblings of the deceased, or any relative who shares the deceased person’s home and is a dependent; and
  • Surviving family members who are entitled to inherit the deceased’s estate.

Surviving spouses, children, and grandchildren have the initial right to file a claim; however, if none of these parties survive the deceased, parents, siblings, and dependents may file.

When there are multiple family members involved in a wrongful death case, it can be difficult to determine who has priority rights.  As a Gate City wrongful death car accident lawyer, Mark Hurt can help you determine if you have the legal right to move forward with a claim.

Schedule a Free Consultation and Learn About How We Can Help

If you were injured in a vehicle crash or lost a loved one due to the reckless or negligent actions of another person, it is important that the liable party be held responsible and that you recover the compensation you rightfully deserve.  Because there are strict time limits in Virginia about when a legal claim can be brought for car accidents and other injury claims, you should contact a law as soon as possible in order to preserve and protect your legal rights.

Mark Hurt has helped thousands of car accident victims in Virginia recover compensation for their injuries and other losses.  When you become a client, Mark will act promptly to investigate your case and gather critical evidence that proves fault and supports a claim for compensation.  As a tenacious accident attorney, Mark Hurt can assess the full extent of your losses and he will demand the maximum allowable compensation from those liable.

Call us today to schedule a free case evaluation with Mark to learn about your legal options and the damages to which you may be entitled.


[1] Vehicle Deaths Estimated at 40,000 for Third Straight Year, National Safety Council, https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/fatality-estimates.

[2] Virginia Driving Trends, Commonwealth of Virginia, https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/safety/crash_data/crash_facts/crash_facts_18.pdf.

[3] Barbara Haas, et. al., Close to home: An Analysis of the relationship between location of residence and location of injury, NCBI, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4375775/.

[4] VA Code § 8.01-52.

 

What Our Clients Say

I recommend law offices of Mark T Hurt Courtney Cormier was so nice and helped us with our auto accident and personal injury case she done a great job!Thank you Courtney for everything you did!!!
Brandie Billiter-arnett
Brandie Billiter-arnett
14:28 22 May 21
I'm an out of state driver who received a speeding ticket in smyth county. Mark Hurt Law firm helped me get the charge completely dismissed at a very affordable cost! Great Firm , highly recommend!
Luke Robinson
Luke Robinson
21:48 22 Apr 21
A very professional team who understands the stress of being in an accident. Our paralegal, Courtney Cormier, made us always feel as if things were being taken care of and it was nice to be worry free.
Kristina Murray
Kristina Murray
18:29 03 Mar 21
Diana Phipps
Diana Phipps
13:46 03 Mar 21
After my car accident, Mr. Hurt and his team worked very diligently to get me a fair settlement. Courtney Cormier, a paralegal on the team, was an invaluable asset to me. She always kept me informed of everything that was happening. I couldn't have had a better experience.
Caleb & Kristina Murray
Caleb & Kristina Murray
21:54 22 Feb 21
I could not be more pleased with the service I received. He is a wonderful lawyer and he gets the job done.
Country living woman Mountains
Country living woman Mountains
05:52 22 Dec 20
This law firm has great people skills and are very professional and efficient I would definitely recommend anyone to this law firm.
Lucas Green
Lucas Green
18:06 06 Dec 20
Courtney done a very good job with my case at the abingdon va office very quick and efficient great job highly reccomended my auto accident was in may and alreadh we have settled for maximum amount thanks so much
James Smith
James Smith
06:57 05 Dec 20
I contacted the law offices of Mark T. Hurt regarding a traffic ticket I received. Initially I was concerned because I live between Florida and New York, and with Virginia being midway, handling my ticket would be a major inconvenience, and I wanted to keep my record free of any infractions.Choosing Mark T. Hurt to represent me was the best choice I made, and it was further improved with the assistance of Rhonda, who contacted me once they received my request. Rhonda is one of those unique people who has mastered the fine line between being perfectly professional and friendly. Every conversation we had, was made to feel as if I were speaking to a close friend. One of the most appreciated aspects of working with her was her understanding and respectful of my schedule and time.For my work, I have a hectic schedule and very few free moments, so being able to handle things quickly and effectively is a priority for me, and Rhonda understood that and took care of everything as if she knew exactly what I was expecting. I even got sick while working with Rhonda, and her first comment was to wish me well. She also went out of her way to find solutions regarding my traffic citation that worked around my schedule. The price was fair, and when considering the quality of work and more importantly, the quality of people you will be reliant upon to ensure the best possible outcome for whatever your situation is, they can ask for 10x more than what I paid and it would still be worth it.All in all, recommendation for this law office, and for Rhonda herself, could not be higher. If you are searching for someone to represent you in any legal matter whatsoever, this is the office to work with. Thank you again Rhonda.
Al Fortunatti
Al Fortunatti
00:47 07 Nov 20
My lawyer Courtney in charge of my case was very professional, and very responsive to my personal injury and auto claim. She had it settled in a timely manner very polite and I would recommend this office to anyone.
Samantha Mays
Samantha Mays
21:28 06 Nov 20
I would highly recommend this law firm! Courtney helped me with my personal injury case, she answered all my questions and was always responsive throughout the entire process.She advocated for me efficiently and strived for the best possible outcome.
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
17:16 27 Oct 20
I'm not a Virgina resident and had found this firm through Google. I have a traffic violation case in tennessee and was desperate to get awnsers. This law office's staff was so helpful even though I wasn't able to even be a client, I believe the person who awnsered was Ashley. After their direction on finding another attorney and my case I was able to push my court date back and will be able to find someone to represent me.I'm not even a client, they didn't have to help me at all! I just wish they practiced in the tri cities area! Would recommend this group!
Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith
18:34 22 Oct 20
I contacted the affordable Law Offices of Mark T Hunt regarding a ticket I received. They requested certain documents from me, went to court on my behalf and got the ticket dismissed! The entire process was easy, fast and efficient. When I emailed or texted them their response time was impeccable!I would HIGHLY recommend them if you are looking for a professional attorney!
Davina Waller
Davina Waller
16:41 22 Oct 20
Under the circumstances that I had to have an encounter with Mr. Hurt, if I needed another team to represent me, I wouldn't hesitate for a second. The sheer communication that I had with Ashley was phenomenal. I was informed every step of the way. I was directed to each step of the process. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this law firm and would HIGHLY reccomend them. They were able to have my ticket completely dropped with no points added. Thank you all so much for all your hard work you did for me.
Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders
16:56 21 Oct 20
Mark and his team were very professional and courteous. They done a excellent job with my traffic ticket. I would highly recommend them.
Shannon Hanes
Shannon Hanes
16:26 21 Oct 20
My son got a speeding ticket in Virginia going back to school in Alabama. We contacted Mark Hurts office and they were very responsive and handled the entire situation for us.
Mary Ellen Fennell
Mary Ellen Fennell
22:54 20 Oct 20
The Law Offices of Mark Hurt made the process of dismissing my ticket so effortless! They were told me all the steps I needed to take to make Mr. Hurt’s job easier, and he was able to dismiss my ticket! I’m so thankful I used Mark Hurt to represent me in court. I would highly recommend him to anyone I know.
Cristina Marie
Cristina Marie
16:33 15 Oct 20
Friendly. Efficient. Professional.I’m thankful!
Moody Witoutcoffee
Moody Witoutcoffee
03:56 09 Oct 20
Rafael Oliveira
Rafael Oliveira
11:13 06 Oct 20
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Cleber Bandi
00:06 06 Oct 20
Lindaura Williams
Lindaura Williams
23:47 05 Oct 20
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
14:48 05 Oct 20
T. O.
T. O.
19:55 03 Oct 20
anita R Oliveira
anita R Oliveira
15:25 03 Oct 20
I highly recommend anyone to choose The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues! They were extremely nice, helpful, and professional, especially Courtney! Every question and concern was always answered. I am thankful for all their help!!
Brittany Gobble
Brittany Gobble
17:35 29 Sep 20
They were very helpful, and answered all of the questions I had, and got great results from my court hearing, I would highly recommend!
Bodie Breitbach
Bodie Breitbach
15:49 21 Sep 20
This law firm is the best of the best and Courtney was just wonderful in every aspect. Extremely helpful and answers every question and always willing to help! Mark Hurt and his crew are the best! Thank you all for helping my family in a very difficult time. Highly recommend.
Tony Statzer
Tony Statzer
14:41 17 Sep 20
Late in July I was charged with a reckless driving ticket in Greenville County, Virginia. I got caught going 83mph in a 55mph zone. It was my first offense on my driving record and I did not need a misdemeanor which could hurt my career. I was assured by Mrs Rhonda Hurt not to worry and that her team would take care of it. On my end, the only effort I put in was taking a 12 hour defensive driving course and sending her my driving record. Two months later, the result of my hearing was a reduction to a defective equipment/non driving violation with 0 points off my record. The other good part about this case was I did not have to go to court. In court fees I paid $68 and a fine of $78 for my ticket. Mrs. Rhonda and her team put together a miracle in that county and I cannot give her enough credit. I sincerely recommend this firm because I know they worked hard on my case and will do the same for you. Thank you again!
Marqus Keith
Marqus Keith
14:54 15 Sep 20
I highly recommend this law firm! Rhonda answered all my questions regarding social security questions and she put my nerves at ease! Im so thankful for her kind spirit and her honesty!
Catina Ratliff
Catina Ratliff
17:51 05 Sep 20
The law offices of mark hurt was very good to me and my family great people great service and great results courtney was our paralegal that presided over the case could not have asked for more to be done.
Danny Kiser
Danny Kiser
18:34 31 Aug 20
I got a traffic ticket while I traveled passing through VA in May.It is a big deal if you have the Law Section: 44-1/46/2-862 and speeding excess of 80 MPH in your ticket. It is a Criminal Misdemeanor Reckless Driving Charge!I saw Mark T. Hurt's Law office simple letter, I decided to give a call and get a free consultation.From the call, Rhonda provided a detail explaining the criminal charge of the Misdemeanor Reckless Driving ticket is about. She is a very caring and honest person, no sale pressure to me to take their law office at all.Once I decided to use their firm to represent me in court, it didn't take an hour, I was told totake some actions and wait for cout day to see the result. That is that simple and no worry at all. On the court date, I received text messages from lawyer's office. Guess what? The lawyer did a miraculous and fantastic job for me in the court.The Reckless Driving Misdemeanor ticket has been reduced to an Improper Driving traffic ticket.Thanks to Mark T. Hurt's Law office team! They are not only very professional and transparent but also does the best quality job you can find. I strongly recommend them to be your lawyer if you need one in VA.
C.Y. Kuan
C.Y. Kuan
01:07 23 Aug 20
Having landed a Reckless Driving (99 in a 65) on my way back to FL from WV, I came across this law firm when searching something along "best reckless driving lawyers Virginia."Mr. Hurt's firm dropped my "Criminal Misdemeanor" to an improper driving. Which from my understanding is right next to a normal speeding ticket.All expenses accounted (payment, court cost, fine), I'm out roughly $1,100 ; but I'd much rather pay that once today, than every six months to an insurance company for the next... God knows how many years. I am extremely grateful and overjoyed with my outcome.As far as speaking with the great ladies at these offices, everyone was always kind, quick, and considerate. They answered all my questions, explained all my options and possible outcomes. I had a clean record, and had now experience dealing with courts or lawyers, so their patience and knowledge was especially helpful. If I ever screw up again (I pray to God I don't) I hope it's in Virginia, so I can call upon Mr. Hurt's offices.
Nomadic Wolf
Nomadic Wolf
21:06 21 Aug 20
I would like to thank Hope for helping me get my SSDI. She was a true professional a great help with my success. great asset to the law firm and honest lady could not ask for anyone better. Thank You, David
David Harden
David Harden
21:17 20 Aug 20
I had a miracle outcome
jose feliz
jose feliz
22:14 18 Aug 20
I got stop in wyth county saw good reviews on Law of Mark, i can say i highly recomend them, got stop 79mph on a 60mph, they all i had to pay was a low amounth of $200 fine plus court cost $76 and they got me out with zero point infraction, if you looking for lawyer on traffic tickets here its the place to go with! Very professional and representatives will be there to help any time!
Brisio Gaza
Brisio Gaza
23:12 15 Aug 20
This law firm is the up most professional and highly knowledgeable in it's field of work. Courtney is awesome and a pleasure to work with she is the best at her job. We highly recommend this law firm!
Christy Statzer
Christy Statzer
02:52 11 Aug 20
Courtney Cormier and the law office, was amazing! Courtney was very efficient, timely, and responsive. I had an issue with a previous employee, but due to that, Mr. Hurt wanted to ensure that I was completely satisfied, so he made adjustments on his fee, just to make sure I was happy! You couldn't ask for a better paralegal or law office! I highly recommend this firm!
Jessica Ann Roberts
Jessica Ann Roberts
20:10 30 Jul 20
I called seeking help with a traffic ticket I received. I spoke to the legal assistant, Ashley and she was very helpful.
Nathan
Nathan
13:54 30 Jul 20
my Attorney Courtney Cormier was amazing and very helpful and patient with me and the case and always keep me updated on all the steps and procedures of the process i would definitely recommend her and this office they are amazing
Branden Lewis
Branden Lewis
15:24 21 Jul 20
These guys got my reckless driving charge of a 94 in 70 down to a improper driving. You won’t regret hiring them to help you out!
Haley Walser
Haley Walser
23:22 20 Jul 20
Great experience with Courtney Cormier! Thanks for the professional help!
Alisha Fagan
Alisha Fagan
16:26 20 Jul 20
Thank you for doing the best you guys did an amazing job with my case I appreciate everyone that worked on my case I definitely recommend this law firm!!
Abdullah Shaikh
Abdullah Shaikh
14:56 16 Jul 20
Great people! Very helpful and professional.
Heather Foster
Heather Foster
21:53 15 Jul 20
Wonderful, family oriented law firm. The staff are very attentive and courteous especially Courtney. I highly recommend this legal establishment!
Duane Cormier
Duane Cormier
17:25 15 Jul 20
Amazing group of people to work with Courtney is fantasticI would highly recommend this group
Kara Ginter-Hensley
Kara Ginter-Hensley
21:41 14 Jul 20
Great firm!! Diana will walk you through everything you need to take care of a traffic ticket.
Braden Alexander
Braden Alexander
19:28 14 Jul 20
They are very professional, and respectful with everybody, including one of his employees, Rafael
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
17:01 14 Jul 20
The personnel who work here are constiment professionals. Rhonda Hurt kept me abreast of all proceedings and changes without the need for me to follow up, allowing me to maintain a piece of mind knowing that the Law Offices of Mark T Hurt were on the job (Rhonda kept me up to date through text and e-mail).During the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak all court dates were changed. I received a personalized letter from Mark assuring me that he and his team was on the job and was going to see my case through to the end while keeping me looped in.Thank you for all your help and persistence to see the great outcome I received.I highly recommend anyone to use the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues!
Jon H
Jon H
11:34 13 Jul 20
They are a hard working team that care about their clients.
Frederick Baker II
Frederick Baker II
05:13 26 Jun 20