Were you seriously injured in a car crash and need legal assistance? Check out these 3 car accident questions, then give our Virginia attorneys a call today.
1. Who will pay for my medical bills after a car accident?
People often ask me, “Who’s going to pay for my medical bills after an accident?” This is a very troubling question because many people today still don’t have health insurance, and as a result, if a crash happens and they’re injured, they do not have health insurance to pay for expenses for this kind of an injury. Oftentimes, the only recourse that a person without health insurance has is to go after the other person who hit them to get paid for medical expenses, wage loss expenses, as well as pain and suffering. The difficulty of those types of claims is simply that you have to wait until the very end of your case, after all of the medical care has been provided and you have been released from care from the doctor, in order to know that it’s safe for you to make a claim against the other party’s insurance, because it’s a one-time payment and after that, you’re barred from any future payment or recoveries. If you don’t have health insurance, or if your health insurance requires that you pay them back at the end of the case against a third-party, ultimately your best source of recovery is against the other party’s insurance, the party that caused the crash.
2. How long do I have to file a car accident claim in Virginia?
I often am asked by people who wait to come in and see an attorney, “How long do I have to file a lawsuit in Virginia for my car crash case?” In Virginia, we have a very short statute of limitations, and that’s simply the time deadline that the law states you must file a lawsuit within in order to preserve your claim. The claim doesn’t have to be resolved in that two-year time; a lawsuit, however, must be filed in writing, in court, within that two year time frame from the date of the crash. Even though you didn’t start hurting until two weeks or four weeks later, even though you haven’t fully recovered, even though you haven’t completed your treatment, you must file that case within two years of the date of the accident.
3. What should I do if I was involved in an accident with a drunk driver?
People often ask me, “What are my rights when I’ve been hit by a drunk driver in Virginia?” Virginia has very strict drunk driving laws. They’re not the strictest in the nation, but they’re evolving to become more protective of people who’ve been injured in these types of crashes. Notice I don’t call them accidents. Drunk driving is no accident. It’s a choice that’s been made by a driver who’s been irresponsible enough to drink far beyond his or her ability to control their actions properly and get out on the highway in a way that’s very likely to cause serious injuries to other parties. Those injuries can be aggravated or made worse by the fact that when a drunk driver is operating a car on the highways in Virginia, they’re going faster, they’re not abiding by the lane markings, they don’t follow the traffic signals, and they’re much more likely to cause far more serious injuries than ordinary mistakes that could be made on the highway by other drivers.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash and have questions? After reading these 3 car accident questions, contact a Virginia car accident lawyer at The Strong Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.