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What Is the Virginia Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims?

The Virginia statute of limitations gives you only two years after an accident to file a lawsuit. Although the law provides some limited exceptions, you likely must take action within that period. Otherwise, you could lose the right to recover compensation for your injuries and other damages. Contact an attorney as soon as possible after a car accident, truck accident, or any other type of personal injury accident. The compassionate and experienced Virginia personal injury lawyers of River Run Law understand what you’re going through. When you choose us to assist you with your claim, we mobilize immediately. We persist throughout the legal process, fighting to get you the compensation you deserve for your damages. Fill Out Our Free and Confidential Accident Form About Your Case We are here to help. If you need help getting started with your accident-injury-related claim please fill out the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible. How Does the Virginia Personal Injury Statute of Limitations Work? The clock for this time limit begins to count down from the date of your accident. If you have not filed a civil lawsuit by the time the clock runs out, you might compromise your legal rights. This time limit applies to any type of injury accident caused by another party’s negligence, including the following. Car accidents, Truck accidents, Pedestrian accidents, Motorcycle accidents, Workplace accidents, Premises liability accidents, and Animal attacks and dog bites. You can still file a lawsuit after the time limit expires. However, the defendant will likely respond by asking the court to dismiss your case. If the limitation period has indeed expired, the court will proceed accordingly. Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations in Virginia Under the Virginia statute of limitations, personal injury victims have some limited exceptions to the two-year deadline. Minor children, for example, have two years from their 18th birthday to file suit. If the victim suffered from a mental or physical disability prior to the accident, they might have longer to pursue a claim. Finally, if the defendant committed fraud, the plaintiff might have extra time to file a lawsuit. Talking to an attorney is the best way to determine whether any exceptions apply in your case. Your attorney will keep your claim on track and help ensure that you don’t miss any critical deadlines. Why Time Is of the Essence for Virginia Personal Injury Cases Virginia’s personal injury lawsuit statute of limitations is a compelling reason to act quickly after an accident. However, other compelling reasons exist for moving quickly after sustaining an injury as well. To build a compelling case, your attorney must investigate the accident and gather critical evidence. Unfortunately, evidence can disappear quickly. Witness memories fade. With each passing day, the ability to build a strong, persuasive case can degrade. For this reason, you will benefit most from contacting a qualified attorney immediately after sustaining an accident-related injury. Contact a Virginia Personal Injury Attorney for Help Speak to an experienced attorney as quickly as possible after an injury accident. The sooner you get a lawyer on board, the sooner they can start building your case. The experienced Virginia personal injury attorneys of River Run Law understand the importance of moving quickly. When you choose us to handle your case, we begin immediately. We investigate the circumstances of your accident and document every aspect of your case. We push the insurance company to negotiate in a timely manner so we can get you the funds you need now. To schedule your free consultation, or to discuss the statute of limitations in VA with experienced Virginia personal injury lawyers, contact us today. 

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Do I Need to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney in Virginia?

If you sustained injuries due to someone’s negligent or wrongful actions, you might be considering a legal claim. If so, you likely have many questions about the process. One of the most common questions potential clients ask us is, do I need a personal injury lawyer to get a settlement? Although you can pursue a claim on your own, you might not want to. Having an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney on your side provides multiple advantages. The River Run Law team knows how to get the job done for you. We have helped hundreds of clients and recovered millions of dollars in settlements and awards on their behalf. We will work tirelessly to build the most persuasive case possible for you and fight to get you the justice and compensation you deserve. When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer? If you sustain injuries in an accident that you didn’t cause, you have the right to pursue legal action. Some of the most common types of accidents that warrant calling a lawyer are the following: Car accident, Motorcycle accident, Truck accident, Pedestrian accident, Workplace accident, Dog bite, and Slip and fall accident. These are not the only types of incidents that might warrant contacting an attorney, however. No matter how you sustained your injuries, consider contacting an attorney to explore your options. If you lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence, you might also want to seek help from a wrongful death attorney. No amount of compensation can bring your loved one back. However, you can get justice for their loss and a more stable economic future for you and your family. Call a Personal Injury Attorney ASAP If… Some cases are straightforward and simple, allowing you to deal directly with the insurance company to get a settlement. Under those circumstances, you don’t need to have an attorney. In other cases, however, getting a lawyer onboard can mean the difference between getting a settlement and having your claim denied. These are just a few of the circumstances under which it might make more sense to get an attorney. Your Injuries Are Severe The more serious the injuries, the larger the potential settlement. The larger the potential settlement, the harder the insurance company will fight to deny your claim. Fault Is Not Obvious In some cases, another party clearly has fault for your accident, making them liable for your damages. In other cases, however, you might have to prove fault. An attorney has the knowledge and resources to build a persuasive case and fight to get you the best possible outcome. The Other Party Has a Lawyer Having an attorney can level the playing field if the other side has a lawyer. This is also true if you’re taking on a large insurance company with virtually limitless resources. They might assume you have little knowledge or the law or your legal rights. With an experienced attorney on your side, they will recognize just how serious you are about getting the justice you deserve. Contact a Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Now You might have found your way to our site today by searching, “Do I need a personal injury attorney?” If so, take the next step and call for a free consultation. We will answer your questions and explain your options. We can help you get started on the legal process today. Contact us now to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation and case analysis with one of our helpful and experienced Virginia personal injury lawyers. 

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Casey Ariail Named 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

River Run Law is pleased to share that Best Lawyers named Casey Ariail as a 2022 attorney to watch in the fields of Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants and Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law. Casey is a co-founder of River Run Law, and he has passionately advocated for his clients throughout his legal career. Beyond being regarded by his clients, Casey is also well-respected by his peers. Best Lawyers uses a purely peer review methodology to name the 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. To earn a nomination from their peers, an attorney must demonstrate professional excellence in private practice. The Ones to Watch recognition is reserved for attorneys who are early in their career but have the potential to strongly influence their areas of practice. Casey’s recognition is specifically for his work in plaintiffs personal injury litigation and claimants workers’ compensation law. To read more about Casey’s award, visit the Second Edition of Best Lawyers under the Ones to Watch recognition area. River Run Law is proud to call Casey our colleague and friend. Congratulations, Casey!

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River Run Law Named Best of Richmond

Style Weekly released in August 2021 a list of readers’ choice Best in Richmond businesses. River Run Law and Casey Ariail are proud to be featured on this list. The digital and print magazine surveys the community on a variety of business categories, asking individuals what places they think are the best of Richmond, Virginia. Casey is featured in the “Best Lawyers” section of the 2021 Best of Richmond issue. Recognizing that our community has a variety of resources to turn to for legal advice, River Run Law is honored to be considered one of the best in the city. Our attorneys are invested in our clients and local community, and it is humbling to know that the community recognizes this. River Run Law is dedicated to helping our clients navigate the troubling journey of a personal injury claim. Our experienced attorneys work hard to obtain a good outcome for our clients, so they can recover from their trauma and return to their normal lives. Thank you to the clients and community members who nominated Casey and River Run Law for the “Best Lawyers” recognition. We look forward to continuing to serve the Richmond community.

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FAQ: What is Diminished Value Claim in Virginia?

Virginia motorists are entitled to compensation after an automobile wreck caused by another. This includes all property damage to their cars. Under most auto insurance policies, insurance agencies broadly promise to pay for direct damages resulting from an auto accident. In cases like this, a motorist in Virginia may be able to file a diminished value claim to compensate them for the full resale value of their car.   What Is Diminished Value Compensation?  Virginia law defines “diminished value compensation” as “the amount of compensation that an insurance company pays to a third-party vehicle owner, in addition to the cost of repairs, for the reduced value of a vehicle due to damages.” In other words, a diminished value claim allows you to recover the resale value of your car. The resale value must factor in the stigma naturally associated with a car after it’s been in an accident. Even if you can repair the car, CarFax and other companies will record its history. Imagine being on a car lot choosing between two cars identical in every respect except that one has been in a wreck. Which one would you pick?  Should I File a Diminished Value Claim in Virginia? A diminished value claim is not for everyone. For starters, the accident that caused the damage must have occurred within the Virginia statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is a law that says how much time you have to sue another person for personal injury or property damage. With respect to automobile accidents, Virginia law generally provides that motorists have three years from the date of the accident to sue the at-fault driver or their insurance carrier.   Diminished value claims are appropriate when the vehicle is valuable. The damage is usually significant. For example, a rare 1980 Corvette that suffers frame damage in an accident would carry a significant stigma to potential buyers. In this scenario, the difference between the value of the car before the wreck and the car’s value after repairs would be substantial.  In comparison, the resale value of a 1980 Honda Accord with cosmetic damage would depreciate very little after a wreck. In this situation, it might not be worth the time and money to file a diminished value claim.  Contact a Virginia Diminished Value Claim Lawyer You may have a claim for diminished value if you are not the driver at fault. Take detailed photographs of your vehicle before and after repairs. In addition, you should hire a reputable appraiser to determine the resale value of the car after repairs.  River Run Law lawyers get clients full compensation for the diminished value of their vehicle. Our firm commits to our clients. We provide the highest possible level of professionalism, responsiveness, quality, and value. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.

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Six Common Injuries from Car Accidents

There are several types of injuries associated with car accidents, but some are more common than others. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 2.7 million people sustain an injury in car accidents every year. While a majority of crashes do not have a reported injury, the ones that do often involve serious injuries with life-altering consequences. Here are six of the most common injuries from car accidents in Virginia. 1. Scrapes and Cuts Cuts are typical car accident injuries usually caused by objects inside the vehicle or debris from the crash. Glass, plastic parts, and metal all pose a risk of causing scrapes and cuts in a car accident. While the injury may seem minor at first, it doesn’t take much for the wound to excessively bleed or become infected. For this reason, it’s important to have your injury examined by a doctor to ensure that it is properly treated. Keep an eye out for redness, swelling, or pus around the wounds, as these signs could indicate an infection. 2. Soft Tissue Damage One of the most common injuries sustained by a vehicle collision is soft tissue damage. This type of injury occurs in both minor and severe accidents and involves trauma to the skin, tendons, ligaments, or muscles. While the trauma is usually caused by blunt force, it sometimes occurs due to lacerations, sprains, or abrasions. Symptoms of soft tissue damage include: Swelling, Bruising, Limited range of motion, Muscle cramps, Muscle weakness, and Joint pain. The most common injury in a vehicle collision involving soft tissue damage is whiplash. This injury happens when the muscles of the head and neck stretch too much during an accident.  3. Chest Injury Chest injuries are some of the most serious injuries in car accidents. While some chest injuries may involve minor bruising, others often require surgery to repair internal organ damage, broken ribs, and more. The most common symptoms of a chest injury are: Bruising, Swelling, Redness, Coughing, Shortness of breath, Shallow breathing, Crackling in the chest, Changes in heart rate, and Low blood pressure. Unlike other parts of the body, the chest is at a higher risk of blunt force trauma. This is due to the small distance between the chest and other parts of the vehicle, such as the seatbelt, wheel, or airbag. 4. Amputation Amputation is just one of the many possible injuries that can result from a car accident. When something in the crash cuts off a limb or causes enough damage to a limb that a doctor must amputate, serious lifelong alterations result.  In general, a traumatic amputation occurs when a limb becomes severed from the body due to extreme lacerations or fractures. However, an amputation may need to be performed by first responders if the limb loses a significant amount of blood flow or is at a severe infection risk. Both instances are common in car accidents.  Like other common injuries from car accidents, loss of limb carries a high financial burden. To regain some degree of function, victims often require expensive prosthetics and extensive rehabilitation. In addition, prosthetics need to be replaced or upgraded often. 5. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) TBI is the leading cause of fatalities and serious injury in car accidents. Even in minor collisions, the head is at risk of colliding with different parts of the car. Most often, the victim experiences a concussion after hitting their head on the side window or steering wheel. In a severe accident, the amount of trauma usually leads to permanent brain damage or disfigurement. Some traumatic brain injuries do not show any symptoms until days or even weeks after the crash. Here are some symptoms to watch out for: Headaches, Nausea, Dizziness, Bleeding, Changes in behavior, Loss of consciousness, Loss of balance, Loss of coordination, Memory issues, Blurred vision, and Difficulty speaking. If you experience any of these symptoms after a car accident, please seek medical attention immediately. Traumatic brain damage can be difficult to detect and may result in permanent cognitive damage if left untreated. 6. Spinal Cord Injury Out of all common injuries in car accidents, spinal cord injuries cause the most lasting complications. Damage to the spinal cord or nerves causes permanent changes in strength and sensation below the affected area. In many cases, victims experience reduced motor and sensory function, also known as paralysis.  The severity of the injury often determines the type of paralysis experienced by the victim. Paraplegia is the most common form of paralysis after a car accident and affects the lower parts of the body, such as the pelvis and legs. If the trauma occurs higher on the spinal cord, it may result in more serious forms of paralysis, such as tetraplegia or quadriplegia. In this case, the arms, pelvis, and legs may be fully or partially immobilized. Paralysis is also one of the most expensive conditions to treat. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), individuals with paraplegia have more than $567,000 in medical expenses during the first year of their injury. This figure increases with more severe conditions, with low tetraplegia costing $840,676 in the first year and high tetraplegia costing more than $1.16 million. Seek Medical Help After a Car Accident Common injuries from car accidents may not be immediately recognizable. Since symptoms may not show up for a few days, weeks, or months, it is important to seek medical attention following a car accident, even if the crash seems minor. Early intervention will not only prevent your condition from getting worse, but it will also give you the medical evidence you need for your claim. Contact an Experienced Richmond Car Accident Attorney Today At River Run Law, we know the devastating impact that these injuries have on victims and their families. Whether your injury results in a short-term disability or lifelong complications, our personal injury attorneys in Richmond, VA will fight for the support you need to recover. If you or a loved one sustains […]

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How To Correct Mistakes in Your Car Accident Report

Following a car accident, a responding police officer usually files a report detailing the incident. This document, also known as a car accident report, contains important information about the crash, including:  Names of the drivers involved in the accident; Statements from the drivers or potential witnesses; Damage to any vehicles or property; Injuries sustained by drivers, passengers, or pedestrians; Pictures or diagrams of the scene; and Opinions of the responding officer filing the report. While most of the details may be accurate, officers often make mistakes when creating the report. Since your police report plays an essential role in your insurance claim, it is important to fix these errors, preferably with the help of an experienced car accident attorney if possible. Here are some of the mistakes you may find on your report and how to correct them. Types of Police Report Mistakes You May Encounter It isn’t uncommon for those involved in a crash to find mistakes on their car accident report. While some errors may seem minor at first, the insurance company may use them against you in your claim. Most police report mistakes can be divided into two categories: factual errors and subjective errors. Factual Errors A factual error is any piece of information that is objectively incorrect, such as the day that the accident happened or the model of a vehicle. These are the most common factual mistakes made in a police report’s accident summary: Inaccurate names, birthdates, or license plate numbers; Wrong make and model of vehicles involved; Incorrect testimony from you or any witnesses; Incorrect accident location; and Missing information. Generally, factual errors are easy to fix if you have proper documentation that shows the correct information. Subjective Errors or Disputed Information These types of errors are difficult to remedy since they involve the opinions or conclusions of the officer or potential witnesses. For example, the officer may believe one witness statement saying that you ran a red light, while another witness says that the light was still green. In this case, it is virtually impossible to disprove the conflicting statement unless you have evidence that the light was green.  How to Prevent Errors in Your Report After a car accident, there may be too much going on for you to focus on the reporting officer. However, if it is safe to do so, approach the officer and give them as many details as possible about the accident. In addition, if you believe there is any evidence that the officer missed, make sure to point it out. This will help make the report more accurate and prevent both factual and subjective errors. If My Police Report Is Wrong, What Do I Do? If your car accident police report is wrong or has any of the errors discussed above, there may be a few ways to correct them. Although it may be difficult to change the original accident report, some police departments allow you to request a supplemental police report. The reporting officer usually includes this report with the original if someone brings new information forward, such as a new witness statement. In addition, if multiple officers investigate the case, each may provide their own supplemental report. However, since filing a supplemental report isn’t always an option, here are some tips to help amend a police report. 1. Provide Documentation For any error, the reporting officer is more likely to make any corrections if you have documentation proving the mistake. For example, if the police report lists your birthdate incorrectly, provide the officer with a copy of your ID. This small step goes a long way in helping your accident claim. 2. Politely Ask for Changes As Soon As Possible It’s best to get a copy of your accident report as soon as you can to check for any errors. If you notice any issues, contact the officer who filed the report immediately. They may be able to help make changes before they finalize the report. Be sure to be polite with the officer since they will be more likely to make those changes if you are respectful. 3. Make a New Statement In cases where the officer refuses to amend disputed information, you can write up a new statement about the error and ask to have it attached to the report. Your account of the situation should include documentation, pictures, etc. that prove the error. If you have trouble writing a new statement about the disputed information, seek out one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. 4. Include Medical Documentation in the Report If you suffer a severe injury in the accident and give a statement at the hospital, chances are you may have trouble providing your side of the story. This is often due to the effects of your medication or the amount of pain you are experiencing. Make sure to provide the reporting officer with medical documentation showing that your original statement was made in an altered state. In some cases, the officer may allow you to make a new statement for the report. 5. Hire an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Even if an error in your accident report seems easy to fix, you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney to help. They will make sure that your accident report is as accurate as possible and attach accompanying statements indicating the errors if necessary. While it may still be impossible to change the car accident report, the attorney’s statement helps dispute any incorrect information. Injured in an Accident? A Richmond Personal Injury Attorney Can Help At River Run Law, we know that the aftermath of a traumatic accident can be confusing and intimidating. The last thing a victim needs during their recovery is incorrect information on their accident report that could jeopardize their claim.  Our car accident attorneys have extensive experience representing clients throughout Richmond, Virginia in their personal injury claims. Using an aggressive approach, we work tirelessly on your behalf so you can focus on recovery. If you are injured […]

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River Run Law Attorney Named “Go-To” Workers Compensation Lawyer

River Run Law’s Casey Ariail is named on Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Go-To Lawyers” list. Virginia Lawyers Weekly researches attorneys in Virginia to honor as “Go-To Lawyers.”  These attorneys are listed on the publication’s website. The latest docket of honorees names “go to” workers compensation attorneys. Workers’ compensation attorneys work to protect the interests of both claimants and defendants.  Casey represents employees who have suffered on-the-job injuries and various personal injury-related claims. Casey earned this honor by demonstrating nuanced knowledge of workers’ compensation law, as well as professionalism and success in the industry. Other must-haves to be named a Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Go-To Lawyers” are: Multiple successfully tried cases, Multiple referrals from other attorneys, and A creative approach to the practice area. Casey is a founding partner at River Run Law.  Throughout his career, he has won millions of dollars for his clients through trial, mediation, and settlements.  In addition to his success as a workers compensation attorney, Casey is very involved in the Richmond legal community.  Casey was named a “Go-To Lawyer” alongside 20 of his peers. River Run Law Group is proud to work with a “go-to” lawyer like Casey. Read more about Casey Ariail here.

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Virginia Car Insurance Laws: Do You Need Car Insurance in Virginia?

The Commonwealth of Virginia is one of the few U.S. states that does not require motorists to carry auto liability insurance. If you choose not to purchase car insurance, you must pay an extra fee each year, along with your vehicle registration. Although you can legally drive without car insurance in Virginia, you face a significant risk of legal and financial liability should you cause a car accident. If you get hurt in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, the bigger concern will be whether the at-fault party has car insurance. Through an insurance claim or a civil suit, you could recover compensation for your injuries, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced Virginia car accident lawyer from River Run Law can help you get the justice you deserve and maximize your financial compensation. Contact us today to get started. We offer free consultations. Understanding the Virginia Car Insurance Laws In Virginia, you must either carry auto liability insurance according to the Commonwealth’s minimum coverage requirements or you must pay a fee to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Minimum insurance coverage requirements are as follows: Bodily injury/death (per person) of $25,000; Bodily injury/death (two or more people) of $50,000; and Property damage of $20,000. Under the Virginia car insurance laws, auto policies must also include coverage for uninsured and underinsured motorists, with limits that equal the policy’s limits of liability. However, the law provides you with the right to refuse this coverage. Based on the Commonwealth’s lax requirements for auto insurance, however, carrying uninsured motorist coverage makes good sense. If you elect to forgo car insurance coverage, you must pay an uninsured motor vehicle fee to the DMV when you register your vehicle. What Is the Virginia Uninsured Motor Vehicle Fee? If you register a vehicle but you don’t currently have auto insurance, the DMV imposes an Uninsured Motor Vehicle Fee of $500. This fee is assessed in addition to the registration fees. Paying this fee serves one purpose: It allows you to register a vehicle without having insurance coverage. This fee expires with your registration each year and must be paid upon renewal to keep your registration valid. If you cause an accident while driving without insurance, you are personally liable for any damage that occurs as a result. You will also face penalties from the DMV. What Happens If You Don’t Have Car Insurance in Virginia? If you register a vehicle and state that you have insurance when you actually don’t, the DMV will assess fines and fees of approximately $750. You will also face the suspension of your driver’s license and vehicle registration privileges. The DMV will also require you to keep insurance coverage in force continuously for three years from the date of your violation. To prove valid coverage, you must file the SR-22 Proof of Insurance and Financial Liability form during that period. If you cause or contribute to a motor vehicle collision while driving without insurance in Virginia, you are personally liable for any damages that result. The victims can sue you for damages, and if they prevail, you could face having a judgment entered against you. This can significantly affect your credit score and lead to liens, wage garnishments, and bank levies. Contact a Virginia Car Accident Lawyer Today for Help If you suffered injuries in a Virginia car accident, contact the experienced Virginia auto accident attorneys of River Run Law as quickly as possible. We can help you navigate the complexities of personal injury claims and lawsuits. We fight to protect your legal rights and get you every dollar possible for your injuries and other damages. Call or contact us online today for a free consultation and case review or to discuss the Virginia car insurance laws and requirements with one of our experienced car accident attorneys.

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Should I Call My Insurance Company After a Car Accident?

Whenever you are involved in a car accident in Virginia, it is important that you contact your auto insurance agent or carrier as soon as possible. This imperative applies whenever there is any type of damage or injury, no matter who was at fault. The Commonwealth of Virginia allows drivers to operate their vehicles on the roadway even if they don’t meet the state requirements for carrying car insurance. So after an accident you may wonder, Should I call my insurance if it wasn’t my fault? The fact that Virginia law does not require drivers to carry insurance means that the answer is yes. Even if you didn’t cause your accident, your auto insurance company could have to pay out for your injuries and other damages if the other driver is uninsured. Notifying them immediately is the first step to making sure your claim gets paid in a timely manner. If you have questions about what your next steps should be after an injury accident, contact River Run Law to speak to one of our experienced Virginia car accident attorneys. Our firm is committed to providing our clients with the highest possible level of professionalism, responsiveness, quality, and value. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation. Should I Call My Insurance Company After a Minor Accident? If another party (or parties) was at fault for an injury accident, you should report the incident to their insurance company as soon as possible. This can help establish the legal basis for your claim. However, you must also report any accident to your own insurance carrier. Consult your policy documents or contact your insurance agent to learn more about your specific reporting requirements. When you contact the insurance company, provide them with basic information only. This typically includes the date, time, and location of the accident. It also includes contact information for other involved parties. You should not, however, speculate about why the accident occurred or who was at fault. Do not provide a recorded statement, even to your own insurance company, until you speak with an attorney. Why Is Reporting a Virginia Car Accident to Your Insurance Company Critical? Many insurance companies limit the time you have to report an accident. Even if you aren’t sure whether your insurer imposes this requirement, it’s always better to be safe. But who pays for your injuries, lost income, emotional trauma, etc., if the at-fault party doesn’t have insurance? If you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, you could recover the compensation you need from your own auto insurance company. Accident victims often ask us, Should I call my insurance if it wasn’t my fault? Again, the answer is yes. Call your insurance company no matter who was at fault. In many cases, determining fault requires an extensive investigation or even accident reconstruction. You might believe you were at fault, but you can’t know everything that occurred before and during the accident.  Should I Talk to the Other Insurance Company After an Accident? Whether you believe someone else caused your injuries or not, never talk to another driver’s insurance company. The insurer will likely contact you after an accident and request a recorded statement. Don’t provide a statement until you speak with an attorney. Finally, if the insurance company offers a settlement or wants to discuss any payments to you, call an attorney immediately. Insurers often try to undervalue claims and hope accident victims will accept their offer. If you do, you will likely sign away any rights you have for further compensation. Contact a Virginia Car Accident Lawyer Today for Help After a car accident or any motor vehicle collision, talk to one of the experienced Virginia personal injury attorneys at River Run Law. We are a small, boutique firm that provides exceptional service for our clients. Call now to schedule your no-cost consultation with a Richmond car accident lawyer. You can also contact us online to learn more about your obligations to your insurance company after an accident.

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