Getting Your Life Back On Track: Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Accidents
When a motor vehicle accident occurs, you can find yourself with more questions than answers. At The Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, PLLC, we routinely assist clients in the Manassas, Virginia area as they take measures to move forward after a motor vehicle accident.
What follows are some questions that we frequently hear when meeting with auto accident victims for the first time.
What is a tort?
A tort occurs when an action such as a motor vehicle accident causes personal injury. The victim of a tort may opt to sue for damages caused by the tortious act. If you have been involved in an auto collision, an experienced attorney can help you better understand the tort process.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, you have two years to file a personal injury claim after the date of your accident. For property damage, that timeframe is expanded to five years. A knowledgeable attorney can help you assess your situation before advising you of your best legal path.
Who should I speak with first, a lawyer or my insurance company?
Before speaking to an insurance company, you should first consult with a personal injury attorney. Providing a statement to the insurance company without a lawyer’s guidance can be an especially costly mistake. A seasoned legal advocate can help you better understand what to do after a car accident.
What if I’m in a hit-and-run, and there are no other witnesses, can I still file a claim?
Determining fault after an accident can be complicated. Matters can become especially muddied when the accident is a hit-and-run. Such cases often call for what is known as a “John Doe” claim. Under Virginia law, drivers must carry uninsured motorist protection, which can provide financial relief in the event of an accident involving an unidentified motorist.
Call Us Today for More Information
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, the lawyers at The Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, PLLC, are prepared to help. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us today at 703-659-1961. You may also contact us via email.