Auto accidents wreak havoc on communities throughout the United States and Manassas, Virginia, is no different. Most people who live here know of someone who died or was catastrophically injured in an auto accident and many of these individuals were hurt or killed as a result of negligence, recklessness, inattentiveness or unlawfulness.

At The Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, we wish that there was a solution that would prevent drivers from acting negligently and unlawfully, but drivers are human — and humans make mistakes. Although technologists have made considerable advances in recent years to take the “human” element out of the driving equation through driverless cars, we’re decades away from having human drivers replaced with computers. Until then, Virginia residents will need to brave the hazards and dangers of sharing the roadway with potentially reckless individuals.

There is, however, one thing that community members can do to help reduce instances of death and injury caused by negligent and unlawful drivers. This involves bringing more attention to the problem of reckless drivers by holding them accountable in court for the destruction, death and injury they cause.

Holding drivers accountable in this fashion should occur on two fronts. First, government prosecutors can prosecute unlawful drivers for the crimes they commit and the laws they break in causing fatal and injurious crashes. Second, victims hurt in these car accidents can pursue financial claims in civil court against negligent and unlawful drivers to hold them responsible for the resulting costs of medical care, lost income and other financial damages.

At The Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, we help plaintiffs pursue financial claims in civil court related to car accidents. If you or a loved one were hurt or killed in a crash caused by a wrongly acting party, we can provide information about your legal rights and options.