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Car Accidents

What else should I do after a car accident?

  1. Notify your insurance company about the wreck, so you can obtain a rental car and medical payments insurance coverage if they are part of your policy.
  2. Notify the at-fault driver’s insurance company right away too. Sometimes at-fault drivers do not notify their insurance companies about a wreck right away, and that failure can affect your ability to recover from the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage.
  3. Attend all of your doctor’s appointments and therapy sessions, and keep all your receipts.
  4. Make sure to find out where your vehicle has been towed, so that investigators can examine your vehicle and preserve important evidence.
  5. Keep a diary of your recovery, and photograph and/or record your injuries. Remember, it’s always better to have too much information than not enough.

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What should I do if I’m in a car accident?

Here are five important steps to remember:

  1. Exchange driver information including full name, address, telephone number, and insurance provider. (Ask to see the driver’s license and insurance card to help ensure you are getting accurate information.)
  2. Note the other car’s make and model, license plate number, and state.
  3. Write down the name, address, and telephone number of any witnesses.
  4. Take pictures of the wreck scene, surrounding area, and damages to both cars.
  5. Go to the hospital to get checked out. The adrenaline rush and shock of a wreck can mask injuries, sometimes for days.

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How long do I have to file a claim after an accident in Virginia?

Typically, you have to file a lawsuit in the court of the county where the wreck happened within two years of the wreck.  You can file a claim with your insurance company right away.   And once you have completed your medical treatment, you can file a claim with the at-fault driver.   If you have questions or concerns, call GibsonSingleton today for a free consultation.

If I’m in an accident and the other driver was at fault, should I accept a check for my damaged car from his insurance company right away?

Probably.  The at-fault driver is responsible for paying for your property damage, including the damage to your car.

If the cost to repair your car exceeds the “Kelley Blue Book” value, the insurance company will declare your car a total loss and pay you the adjusted “Blue Book” value.  If the cost to repair is less than the “Blue Book” value, and your car can be repaired in a reasonable time period, the insurance company should pay for the repairs.  A skilled car accident attorney like the ones at GibsonSingleton can help ensure you’re compensated fairly.

If I’m hit by an uninsured driver, what does my insurance policy entitle me to receive?

Even your own insurance company may not want to pay what you deserve. A skilled car accident attorney like the ones at  GibsonSingleton will help you pursue those benefits.

If I’m in an accident and the other driver was at fault, should I accept a check for my bodily injuries from his insurance company right away?

Probably not. Due to the shock of a wreck, sometimes you may not realize you are hurt until a few days after the event. Often minor pain does not seem like a big deal. However, when that pain is still bothering you two months later, you may realize that the collision was much more serious.

You do not have to accept what is being offered up-front. It is better to wait to make sure you are completely healed before you accept any money from an insurance company. If you have questions or concerns, call GibsonSingleton today for a free consultation.

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