If possible, take pictures of your vehicle and the other vehicle involved. Take pictures of the location where the accident took place. Get medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. Other than reporting your claim to your insurance company, you should not give them statements about the accident. Talk with a lawyer first.
In order to successfully prosecute a claim for personal injuries from an accident in Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Loudoun or other Virginia counties, you do not necessarily have to go to the emergency room in an ambulance. You should make this decision based on how you feel-not with the idea of making a claim. In other words, if you are hurt and need care, then go to the hospital. However, if you feel ok, then go home, rest and seek care later if you need it.
These include property damage, bodily injury, medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of wages.
I was injured in a car accident and the other driver’s insurance company paid for my car repairs and rental car.
An entirely different insurance adjuster will likely handle your injury claim. The adjuster will either pay you as little money as possible to settle your claim or find an excuse to deny your injury claim altogether.
You should read my book, The Virginia Car Accident Guide, (it is free of charge for people involved in Virginia car accidents) for more information about the insurance claims process and the schemes the insurance companies use to avoid paying fair settlement amounts.
Most states have laws that give rights to people even if they were partly at fault. However, NOT IN VIRGINIA. In Virginia, if you are found to be just 1% at fault for the accident, you can be prevented from recovering anything! This area remains one of the most challenging of personal injury law and is a good reason to contact an experienced accident/injury law firm to help you.
You may have a claim for Uninsured (or “UM”) benefits under your own automobile insurance policy.
If you make a UM claim, your own insurance carrier has the right to use all defenses that the other driver would have against you. Many people mistakenly believe that they will be treated better by their own insurance company; however, this just is not true. Your insurance carrier will be allowed to assert all defenses available to the at-fault driver and will defend the claim as aggressively as any other claim against it. Accordingly, a UM claim creates an adversarial relationship between you and your own insurance carrier. Thus, it may be wise to retain experienced counsel when asserting a UM claim. As can be expected, your own insurance carrier will NOT be looking out for your interests (even though you are its own insured!). Rather, your insurance carrier will be looking for ways to pay out as little money as possible. In the event you do not have UM coverage, you may have no other practical means of obtaining compensation for your injuries. This is why you should always carry UM automobile insurance coverage, preferably with liability insurance limits of at least $300,000.
The answer is surprisingly no. A car or truck can drive on the roads in Virginia if they’ve registered with the DMV and pay them what’s known as an uninsured motorist fee. Fortunately if you’re driving on the roads in Virginia and have an automobile insurance policy, you’re able to use coverage that’s available on your policy to cover you in case of an accident or wreck. This is known as uninsured motorist coverage.
Hello everybody I am Jim Parish of the Parish law firm. I am a tractor trailer injury lawyer in Virginia. Today I would like to talk about some of the dangers of driving around large tractor trailers.
Certainly, never drive in tractor trailer blind spots, and that can either be the left or right side or to the rear. Always maintain a safe distance behind these vehicles, or if you’re going to pass them, make sure they don’t have a turn signal activated. And make sure that you can see clearly in front of that large tractor trailer in order to avoid being pushed to one side or the other. Always be very careful around these vehicles. They’re certainly much larger than your car. And typically in tractor trailer accidents people are severely injured, and you don’t want to be one of these victims. Thank you, folks.
Hello everyone. This is Jim Parish. I am a bicycle injury accident attorney in Virginia. A common question that I receive is, “if someone causes an accident while I am on a bicycle, can I pursue an injury claim against that person?”
The answer is yes. If an automobile causes that injury then you would pursue a claim against that person under their automobile insurance. If a pedestrian, jogger, or other bicyclist causes the injury while your on your bicycle than you can pursue a claim against that person under their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. These types of claims can become complex and certainly need to be investigated as early as possible in order to obtain and retain the necessary evidence. I hope that information is helpful. Thank you.
Hello everyone. This is Jim Parish. I am an accident attorney in northern Virginia. Today I would like to answer the question can “I recover for my injuries if I wasn’t wearing the seatbelt at the time of the accident?”
The answer is yes. In Virginia there is a specific law which prohibits, any defendant or person who caused the accident from raising the issue of you not wearing your seat-belt. So in short certainly you can recover, even if you weren’t wearing a seatbelt. I hope that’s helpful. Thank you.