Common Questions After An Auto Accident
This page provides general information about auto accident claims in Virginia, but there is no substitute for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. Please contact us if you have questions about a specific case; there are no out-of-pocket costs, and we are ready to help you understand your rights and options.
How will I pay my medical bills after an accident?
Our attorneys understand the financial constraints that can accompany an auto accident. Medical care, car repair, lost wages and other expenses can quickly add up, making it difficult to focus on your healing. Our team will assess every possible source of compensation for your medical expenses, which may include:
- Your own health insurance
- Your own car insurance
- The other driver’s car insurance
- Workers’ compensation insurance (if the accident occurred while you were working)
Should I give a statement to another motorist’s insurance company?
No. The law requires that you cooperate with your own insurance company’s investigation into the accident claim, but that does not mean you are obligated to talk to any other insurer. In fact, doing so may hurt your case. It is important to remember that insurance companies maximize their profits by minimizing the amount they pay out, even on valid claims. One benefit of working with an attorney is that they can communicate with all insurance companies on your behalf – so you do not need to worry about saying the wrong thing or jeopardizing your claim.
What does ‘fault’ mean in a Virginia car accident?
Virginia car accident laws use a fault-based system, sometimes called a tort system, to determine who is legally and financially responsible for any injuries sustained in an accident. Under this system, a negligent motorist who causes an accident is financially responsible for injuries or damages. Typically, the at-fault party’s liability insurance carrier will cover some or all of those damages.
What damages are available after an accident in Virginia?
Damages are the compensation ordered by the court or negotiated in a settlement that helps survivors cover their expenses and losses. Every case is different, but some examples of damages that may be available are:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical costs
- Lost wages or benefits as a result of missing work
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses such as car rentals, child care and others
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages in the event of a fatal accident
You typically only have one chance to recover compensation after an accident, even though there may be additional costs in the future. It is essential that your attorney be able to recognize all the present and future costs associated with your accident so they can advocate for a settlement or verdict that will truly cover those expenses.
More Questions? Get Answers In A Free Consultation.
If you have questions about a specific accident or claim, we encourage you to contact us to arrange a consultation. Personal injury consultations are free, and we never collect attorney fees unless we have recovered compensation for you. Please call 434-483-5195 or send us an email using our easy contact form, and a member of our team will reach out to you.