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Auto Accidents

America did not invent the car, but we made it a way of life. We have more motor vehicles per capita than any other large, industrialized nation. We love our cars (and trucks), and we love the mobility they give us. However, motor vehicles also are heavy, fast-moving objects that pose a dangerous risk of serious injury and death if not handled properly. Whether due to drinking and driving, texting while driving, or simply not paying close attention, motor vehicle accidents take a great toll on Vermonters every year.

If you or a loved one have been injured, or a loved one has been killed, because of someone else’s driving and you don’t know where to turn, the Vermont auto accident attorneys at Jarvis & Modun want to help. Our experienced auto accident lawyers stand prepared to analyze the facts of your case and seek justice on your behalf.

Common injuries from motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Nerve injuries
  • Injuries to internal organs
  • Whiplash
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Death

Whether you suffer from broken bones or a traumatic brain injury, the injuries that arise from automobile collisions often require extensive medical care, physical therapy, and specialized treatment. This treatment can be expensive. The auto accident lawyers at Jarvis & Modun are committed to seeing that all of your past and future medical bills get paid.

Vermont law allows recovery for various types of damages when another driver is at fault. These include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Damage to personal property
  • Funeral expenses for wrongful death
  • Loss of consortium or injury to a marital relationship

Whether you are asking for compensation from a jury or an insurance adjuster, having an experienced Vermont auto accident lawyer is critical to presenting a full and persuasive picture of your losses. At Jarvis & Modun, we work for you to present a comprehensive and compelling story of your losses to secure the most money we can for your compensation. We are your team and will guide, advise, and fight for you every step of the way.

Anyone who has ever been involved in a motor vehicle accident can tell you that the immediate aftermath can be disorienting, awkward, and even scary. However, your initial reactions and decisions can have a tremendous effect on your ultimate ability to secure compensation for your injuries. It is not always possible, but you should try to take the following steps:

  • Stay at the scene
  • Check on the conditions of everyone involved in the collision
  • Contact law enforcement authorities
  • Exchange information with all parties involved
  • Speak to eyewitnesses, where available, and get their names and contact information
  • Take photographs to document damage to and the orientation of the vehicles
  • Take photographs of any important indicia of the accident, such as skid marks on the road
  • Take notes about your own condition and any injuries sustained

If you follow these steps, you will improve your chances of prevailing in your injury claim. The car accident attorneys at Jarvis & Modun can take the information you gathered at the scene and reconstruct the events leading up to the accident to build the most effective case possible.

You should also understand that even if you were the passenger in the vehicle whose driver caused the accident, you still may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses, even if that driver is a close friend or family member. Also if it appears that the at-fault driver does not have any insurance or enough insurance to cover all your losses, there may be other ways to secure compensation. Having an experienced Vermont auto accident lawyer to investigate these other sources can greatly increase the amount of money you may ultimately recovery. Call Jarvis & Modun at (802) 540-1030 for a free consultation.