How Does a Car Accident Case Get Settled in Virginia?

If you have been in a car accident in Virginia, you may be looking to settle your case. The whole process can be rather stressful, and if you aren't an attorney, you probably don't know much about what goes into settling a car accident case in Virginia. Below, we've highlighted some of the most important things you need to know about this legal issue...

5 Things You Need to Know About Settling a Car Accident Case in Virginia

  1. There are a lot of factors that go into figuring out how much your case is worth. You certainly want to recover financial damages such as medical bills from an injury you sustained in the car accident and damage to your vehicle. However, that's not the only recovery you can or want to make. You may have been forced to miss some time at work due to your injury - this would lead to a "lost wages" claim for your case. Finally, pain and suffering may allow for you to recover additional financial damages if the injury caused severe complications for your lifestyle or other reasons.
     
  2. Every car accident case is different. Not only are the results that you will get in Virginia different from those in somewhere like California, but they are also different depending on the region of the state. Plus, every case itself is different, and there is really no magical "formula" that you can apply to learn how much your case could be worth.
     
  3. Insurance companies can afford to and will play games with your case. Remember that the insurance company is a business. They are looking out for their bottom line. This means that they will all kinds of things to either delay your settlement or lowball you into a bad offer.
     
  4. Make sure you are documenting everything. Whether it is you handling your case or your attorney, you will need as much information as possible to prepare what is called a "demand package" for the insurance company.
     
  5. It may be possible to settle your own case. Most Virginia car accident attorneys won't tell you something like this, but it's the truth (we even wrote a free book about settling your own car accident case). Of course, if your case includes significant medical bills or there are questions of liability, it is best that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney about your matter. Ultimately, no matter whether or not you are going to settle your own case, consulting with an attorney is an important step.

What if Your Virginia Car Accident Claim Doesn't Settle?

Though a settlement is often the desired outcome, that will depend on the insurance company making a fair offer that you want to accept. If that doesn't happen, the next step is going to trial. Larger, more complicated cases are more likely to go to trial, since there can be a larger gap between what you, the victim, wants from the settlement and what the insurance company is willing to offer.

This is an area where a personal injury attorney can really help your case. Preparing for trial requires knowledge of how the whole process works along with the experience to figure out the best argument on behalf of your case.

You can order our free book about Virginia car accident claims to help you make great decisions about your legal issue. We would also recommend you contacting our offices at (703)584-7277 to discuss your claim.

Ben Glass
Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney