Marion, Virginia Car Accident Lawyer

Marion, Virginia Car Accident LawyerAn automobile accident can change your life forever.  Car crashes can range from fender benders to high-speed collisions with drunk or distracted drivers. Serious crashes can result in debilitating, life-long injuries or even death.

Those who are seriously injured typically incur significant medical bills, missed work, and possibly even the inability to continue working.  Extensive, and sometimes life-long, care may be required.  The families also have lost a loved one will struggle not only with the emotional loss of their loved one, as well as possible the loss of income that would have otherwise been provided by their deceased loved one.  Everyone who suffers deserves fair compensation. l

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we understand the emotional, physical, and financial devastation that can follow a serious car or truck accident and the challenging legal battle that clients face when seeking full and fair compensation.

You do not have to face this alone.

Whether you have lost a loved one, suffered serious injuries, or both, experienced Marion, Virginia car accident attorney Mark Hurt offers dedicated, tenacious representation for clients in seeking full compensation from those responsible.  Mark and our firm investigate crashes, interview witnesses, hold depositions, file lawsuits against defendants, negotiate settlements, and try cases when fair settlements cannot be obtained.

Mark has represented clients through Virginia state and federal courts, and is one of less than one-tenth of one percent of lawyers who have argued before the United States Supreme Court.  With more than 30 years of legal practice and recovering millions of dollars, Mark has the trial and negotiation experience to get clients full compensation.

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Car Crashes in Marion, Virginia

As the county seat of Smyth County, Marion, Virginia has two large thoroughfares – Interstate 81, located on the south and southeast side of town, and Highway 11 (also known as Lee Highway and Main Street).  These thoroughfares, as well as other streets in town, are often the site of numerous car accidents each year.  While the majority of the accidents are relatively minor, there are accidents and crashes that involve serious injury or even death.  When such accidents and crashes occur, our firm is available to help the victims.

Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents

Determining the underlying cause of a car accident and all contributing factors is key to proving fault.  As a Marion personal injury attorney with decades of experience, Mark Hurt can thoroughly investigate your collision so that all avenues of compensation can be aggressively pursued.

What are Common Factors in Virginia Car Accidents?

Common causes of car accidents in Virginia include:

  • Distracted Drivers. While driving distractions have long existed, texting, mobile phone use, and other electronic devices have made travel significantly more dangerous.
  • Driver Negligence. Drivers must drive safely, which includes paying attention to their surroundings and obeying traffic laws.  When they fail to do so and cause a crash, they can be found negligent for failing to drive safely, and (therefore) will be responsible for all damages incurred.
  • Excessive Speed and Reckless Driving. Speeding and driving too fast during bad weather are other forms of driver negligence.  Additionally, reckless driving, such as weaving in and out of lanes, tailgating, or driving in the wrong lane, can also subject a driver to liability.
  • Intoxication. Many car accidents are caused by drivers who get behind the wheel when they are impaired by drugs or alcohol. Tragically, in the US, one person dies every 50 minutes in a drunk driving accident.[1]  When a person is impaired by alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs, their reaction times decrease, making it more difficult to avoid road hazards.  Further, intoxicants can also lower inhibitions, putting an individual in a mindset in which they engage in dangerous, reckless behavior.
  • Defective and Malfunctioning Automobile Parts. Many car accidents are caused by defective or faulty vehicle parts, such as defective tires, faulty brakes, power steering failure, or malfunctioning computer systems.  When vehicle parts malfunction, accidents can result.  When this happens, the manufacturer, designer, supplier or distributor of the defective part may be liable for any injuries.  

In addition to accidents being caused by defective parts, injuries can also be made more severe when parts fail to perform as intended.  Air bags fail to deploy. Protective crash zones fail to provide safety.  Injury victims and families can also initiate litigation when injuries are more severe, or if death occurs, as the result of these types of failures.

  • Roadway Defects. Minimum roadway standards have been established to help ensure that drivers remain safe.  If these standards are not upheld, those who design, build, and maintain roadways may be responsible.  Typically, this is a government entity, which can make a case more challenging or complex, as certain laws afford additional liability protections for the government.[2]

Common Car Accident Injuries.

When you are injured in an auto accident, it is important to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help build a strong claim for full recovery.  Motor vehicle accidents can result in severe and catastrophic injuries, and damages are usually needed to help compensate for injuries and restore life to normal.  Here are some of the most common accident injuries in Virginia:

  • Whiplash. Whiplash is the common name for muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries that happen in car and truck accidents. When a person is in an accident, their body is propelled in a faster manner than they otherwise are capable of moving on their own.  The trauma can strain muscles and surrounding soft tissue, leading to extreme and intense pain.
  • Contusions and Lacerations. Contusions and Lacerations often result in crashes, and may be compounded by loose projectiles such as phones, glass, and metal debris.  Not only can cuts and lacerations be painful, but they also pose a risk of infections and other complications.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries. Head and traumatic brain injuries can be devastating. and can result in long-term, or even permanent, problems with brain function, such as headaches, insomnia, personality changes, loss of short and/or long-term memory, and the inability to work.
  • Broken Bones and Fractures. Some bones, such as the ribs, are fragile.  Even light or moderate impact can cause a break or fracture, necessitating lengthy periods of rest and decreased physical activity.
  • Internal Bleeding. Internal bleeding can be dangerous or even fatal, especially if not treated expeditiously.  In a crash, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately for anything but the most minor car accidents to determine whether internal damages occurred.
  • Herniated Discs. A herniated disc occurs when vertebrae in the spine ruptures or shifts.  Herniated discs can result in life-long pain, and potentially other complications.
  • PostTraumatic Stress Disorder. Not all accident injuries are physical; mental and emotional injuries may also result.  If you experience post-traumatic stress disorder, things that used to be routine may become stressful or even impossible.  Mental health treatment may help to ease some of these anxieties.

Damages for Motor Vehicle Accidents in Virginia and Proving Fault

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident and another party was responsible, you may be entitled to compensation, known as “damages”.  The damages you can recover for an injury differ from case-to-case, but often include:

  • Medical care costs and related expenses
  • Ongoing and future care costs
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Pain, suffering, and inconvenience
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Wrongful death (which may be recovered by family members who qualify under Virginia statutes)
  • Miscellaneous other costs and out-of-pocket expenses

In Virginia, recovering damages for injuries sustained in a car accident is not as easy as in many other states.  First, an injury victim or family must show that the other driver was at-fault or responsible for causing injuries or death.  However, not only must fault be proven, an injury victim or family must prove that the other driver was 100% responsible for the accident.

Because of this “contributory negligence” rule, if you are injured in a crash, you cannot recover against another driver if you are in any way found to be at fault at trial.  Thus even if you are only 1% at fault and the other driver is 99% at fault, you won’t be entitled to any recovery.

How Much Money Can I Recover in a Virginia Car Accident?

Virginia has instituted several damages caps that may limit the compensation recoverable in some car accident cases.  If punitive damages are available (those designed to punish outrageous conduct), Virginia imposes a $350,000 limit.  Lastly, if your accident involved a minor who willfully or maliciously damaged public or private property, you will only be able to recover up to $2,500 from the minor’s parents.[5]

While many car accident victims may be adversely impacted by damage caps, Virginia law does afford some protections against insurance companies.  In Virginia, insurance companies cannot deny claims in bad faith.  For instance, if your insurance company denies a comparable rental car while your car is being repaired, your insurance company may be responsible for paying the greater of $500 or double the cost of a comparable rental car.

Learn More About Virginia Car Accident Damages from an Experienced Marion, Virginia Lawyer.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in Marion, or anywhere in Virginia, please call the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt at 278-623-0808.  We understand that car accidents can happen at any time; our team is available 24 hours per day.

Our initial consultations are free of charge; and if you become a client, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid for our services if there is a monetary recovery. Please call right away to ensure that you do not lose your right to possible compensation!


[1] Drunk Driving, NHTSA, https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving.

[2] Va. Code §§8.01-195.1 et seq.

[3] Va. Code § 8.01-38.1.

[4] Va. Code §8.01-195.3.

[5] Va. Code § 8.01-43, et seq.

[6] Va. Code § 8.01-66.

[7] Va. Code § 8.01-66.1.

What Our Clients Say

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.
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Country living woman Mountains
05:52 22 Dec 20
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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
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Moody Witoutcoffee
03:56 09 Oct 20
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Rafael Oliveira
11:13 06 Oct 20
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00:06 06 Oct 20
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Lindaura Williams
23:47 05 Oct 20
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anita R Oliveira
anita R Oliveira
15:25 03 Oct 20
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Brittany Gobble
Brittany Gobble
17:35 29 Sep 20
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Bodie Breitbach
Bodie Breitbach
15:49 21 Sep 20
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Tony Statzer
Tony Statzer
14:41 17 Sep 20
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Marqus Keith
Marqus Keith
14:54 15 Sep 20
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Catina Ratliff
Catina Ratliff
17:51 05 Sep 20
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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
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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
Fast, professional, and friendly. One of the best we have had for our family case and would HIGHLY recommend!!
Jonathan Mora
Jonathan Mora
19:13 04 May 20