Chesapeake Car Accident Lawyer

Helping You Recover Compensation for Your Injuries After A Car Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault.

Facing the aftermath of a Chesapeake car accident, especially when it was not your fault, can be a distressing and life-altering experience. Suffering injuries and dealing with the resulting physical, emotional, and financial consequences can be overwhelming. In such challenging times, hiring the assistance of a Chesapeake car accident lawyer is not just a practical choice but a crucial one.

From investigating the circumstances of the crash to negotiating with insurance companies, a dedicated Virginia car accident lawyer can provide invaluable support. By choosing a knowledgeable and experienced attorney, you not only ensure that your rights are protected but also increase your chances of obtaining the compensation necessary to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.


Attorney Richard Serpe

For over 37 years, Richard Serpe has helped personal injury victims seek the compensation they deserve. He’s earned a reputation as a well-respected, hard-working attorney with a tenacious approach to every case he takes on. Mr. Serpe has a track record of success in obtaining favorable settlements and verdicts for his clients.

Best Lawyers® (2005 – Present); Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers (2020); Virginia Super Lawyer: (2006 – Present); : Rated 10/10 – “Superb”, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory: AV Preeminent rating (highest given).


Many clients ask us: What is my Virginia car accident case worth? The answer largely depends on the damage done in the accident and the severity of the injuries you sustained. Policy limits and insurance coverage also play a major role in recovering compensation. Typically, though, accident victims are entitled to the following kinds of compensatory damages:

  • Medical Expenses: Coverage for all necessary medical treatment, including hospitalization, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical care.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for income lost due to the inability to work during recovery, including any potential future earning capacity affected by the injuries.
  • Pain and Suffering: Non-economic damages that compensate for physical pain, emotional distress, and the overall impact of the accident on the victim’s quality of life.
  • Wrongful Death: In the unfortunate event of a fatal Portsmouth car accident, surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and other related damages.


  • $5,000,000.00: defective vehicle causes wrongful death
  • $1,600.000.00: drunk driver causes car accident
  • $300,000.00: drunk driver strikes pedestrian
  • $150,000.00: teen texting and driving causes car accident
  • $125,000.00: car accident settlement
  • $100,000.00: pedestrian hit by car


It’s important to take swift action after being involved in a serious car accident. Virginia has a two year statute of limitation in place for accident claims and lawsuits. After the two year anniversary of the incident, you’ll no longer have the legal right to pursue compensation stemming from the wreck.

At first glance, two years sounds like plenty of time to file a claim or lawsuit. Realistically, however, such claims often take longer than you’d expect. Recovering from injuries takes time, and your lawyer will require plenty of time to investigate the incident and prepare for negotiations with the insurance company. Of course, the more complicated the incident, the more time is needed to gather resources. Delay your efforts to take legal action and you may struggle to find a lawyer willing to take on your claim.


Many people ask us how long Virginia car crash cases take to settle completely. The process varies for each claim. Each of the following four steps can take weeks to months:

  • Consultations: After clients schedule an initial meeting with our team, they share their story and learn about possible legal options. Should they wish to proceed, they’ll sign an agreement allowing us to represent them.
  • Investigation: Our team works tirelessly to understand exactly what led to the incident and who was at fault. We’ll look at medical records, witness testimony, accident reports, and photos from the scene to better understand the full scope of the accident.
  • Settlement Negotiations: We’ll assemble a demand package that includes relevant findings from the investigation and submit it to the insurance company. At this point in the process, most cases are resolved. When severe injuries are a factor, though, the negotiation process may be more drawn out. Should a fair settlement fail to be offered, a lawsuit may be necessary.
  • Resolution: Escalating to a lawsuit often shows the insurance company that you’re unwilling to back down on your demands. The decision to file a lawsuit kickstarts the trial preparation process, but negotiations with the insurance company often continues behind the scenes.


Chesapeake, Virginia is a city with a network of highways and intersections. Here are a few locations that often see Chesapeake car accidents.

  • Battlefield Boulevard and Great Bridge Boulevard
  • Battlefield Boulevard and Cedar Road
  • Battlefield Boulevard and Volvo Parkway
  • Battlefield Boulevard and Kempsville Road
  • Battlefield Boulevard and Dominion Boulevard (Route 168)
  • Military Highway and North George Washington Highway
  • I-64 and I-464 Interchange
  • US-17 and US-13 Interchange
  • Interstate 64 (I-64):
  • Interstate 464 (I-464)
  • U.S. Route 17 (US-17)
  • U.S. Route 13 (US-13)
  • U.S. Route 58 (US-58)
  • Dominion Boulevard (Route 168)
  • Military Highway (Route 13/460/58)
  • Battlefield Boulevard (Route 168 Business)


Hiring a Chesapeake car accident lawyer is paramount in navigating this complex landscape. The expertise and experience offered by a skilled attorney can make a substantial difference in securing the compensation you rightfully deserve. From conducting thorough investigations to negotiating with insurance companies, the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC, stands out for its commitment to advocating for the rights of accident victims. Call or text us anytime at 757-233-0009.


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