Were you struck by a vehicle while walking and have questions about the deadline for filing a pedestrian accident claim? The short answer is that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim, but it is best to act quickly. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Call our office for a free consultation.
Deadline for Filing a Pedestrian Accident Claim | Statute of Limitations
Occasionally, I’m asked by clients who come to see me for a pedestrian car collision in Virginia, “How long do I have to file a suit to protect my claim?” While the easy answer is that you have two years from the date of the accident to file your personal injury claim in court, in reality if you want to actually have the best chance of recovering what you’re owed for that injury claim, you need to start far sooner than that. In fact, the sooner after the accident you retain counsel, the better your odds are of recovering anything as a result of that collision. As a pedestrian it’s assumed by most people, as a general rule, that you must have been at fault somehow to start crossing when a car was coming.
Deadline for Filing a Pedestrian Accident Claim | Investigation
How do you get over that presumption? Well, the only way to do it is with careful and early scene investigation. By doing that, whether it be through taking copies of the investigating officer’s notes or photographs, going out and doing actual measurements and looking at sight lines at the scene of the crash, it’s extremely important to get somebody on your case immediately after it happens, in order for you to have the best chance of recovering from that claim.
Deadline for Filing a Pedestrian Accident Claim | Hire an Attorney
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a crash and have questions about the pedestrian accident statute of limitations in Virginia? Contact a Virginia pedestrian accident lawyer at The Strong Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.