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Injured in a Car Accident?

Liability in a Car Accident in Virginia

Aggressive Newport News Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident, knowing how fault and liability work can go a long way in recovering the financial damages you may be entitled to. One of your first steps after an accident should be to retain the services of a trusted Newport News personal injury attorney from our firm as soon as possible to get started on your claim.

At Heath, Overbey, Verser, & Old, P.L.C. we have more than six decades of combined legal experience handling a wide range of claims. This experience has resulted in the recovery of millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of our injured clients. We are so confident about our ability to win your case that we will not accept payment for our services until we recover the damages you deserve.

Insurance, Fault, & Your Rights

Virginia is a “fault” state as regards car insurance and liability following a car accident, meaning your first avenue for recovering compensation is through your own insurer. You also have the option of pursuing compensation by filing a claim against the party you believe to be liable for the accident.

Contributory Negligence in Virginia

Importantly, Virginia also practices “contributory fault” for car accidents, meaning if you are found to have shared some measure of fault no matter how small, you could be unable to recover any compensation. Thus, you cannot seek compensation from another driver if you were in any way responsible for the accident.

While many other states have adopted a more forgiving version of this law known as "comparative negligence," Virginia's strict "pure contributory negligence" statute requires the other driver to be 100% at fault for the collision or you can't recover any damages. This is where a Newport News personal injury attorney can step in to evaluate your case, and if necessary argue on your behalf against sharing any part of the blame.

Begin your claim today!

You only have two years from the date of your accident to file before the statute of limitations expires and you will be unable to bring a claim against anyone. Therefore, you need to take action swiftly to have the best chance of recovering the damages you are entitled to.

Contact our firm today to discuss your case during a free consultation!

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