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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Traffic Tickets, Wrongful Death and Contracts for Virginia on
Q: My mom was killed in an accident in which the other driver got the failure to yield ticket his ins wants 2 settle for $

BUT he isn’t @ fault & we have to pay the medical bills

We don’t want that

Communication btwn lawyer & family is not working

What can we do

Jan F Hoen
Jan F Hoen answered on Jul 10, 2021

If you have an attorney already, it would be best to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns in person with them.

If you do not have one yet, I would recommend retaining someone experienced with personal injury.

My firm’s website also has helpful tips on what to do...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: Do I need a lawyer if I was in a 4 car accident n someone else car with the owner. I was the 3rd car.the 1st car ran.

Was not speeding, was not my fault. Rainy day couldn't stop fast enough. Everyone in my car was injured. Neck, back, leg and stomach.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 17, 2021

The law says you need to drive at a speed that will allow you to stop if something happens ahead. You indicate you may have not been able to stop. That raises issues. You should not make any more statements, not discuss this online. The insurance on the car you were in may give you an attorney. If... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: I got in a car accident and I was at fault and I’m just wondering what’s gonna happen
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 31, 2021

If you had insurance covering the vehicle, then you need to report the accident to your insurance company and let it handle this matter----that is why you have insurance (plus the law makes it mandatory for you to do so). The insurance company will investigate the accident and assuming you are at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: I was involved in a car accident. Motorists was fleeing the police and ran into my vehicle. What are my next steps
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 28, 2021

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. But regardless of where this happened, there are some steps you could take that would apply nationwide. If the final police report was written, you could contact the precinct and pick it up. I hope you weren't... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: My car was totalled & a police report wasn't even filed. Now I can't seem to get help. My husband was injured.
Jan F Hoen
Jan F Hoen answered on May 26, 2021

Lack of a police report should not affect your husband's right to a recovery for injuries as long as liability is clear or can be established.

Take photos of the vehicle and retain an attorney to assist with the claim as quickly as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: I was involved in a car accident and the other driver was completely at-fault (and they admitted that to the police).

I already filed a claim with my insurance, but now the at-fault party’s insurance is calling me...Should I talk to them?

Chris White
Chris White answered on Mar 26, 2021

You should call me for a free consultation (434) 660-9701

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: I need a non injury car accident lawyer in Richmond va.

A man hit me and fled the scene . We can't find his insurance. I need compensation for my car.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 2, 2021

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. You could use the Find-a-Lawyer tab above to reach out to attorneys in the Virginia Beach area, or you could run your own independent searches online. You probably did this already, but you could double-check your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: Rear end by O'reilly part driver when to hospital for knee and shoulder and my medical bills was paid and offered a 100
Jan F Hoen
Jan F Hoen answered on Nov 27, 2020

Sounds like you should retain counsel. Insurance adjusters often make a low offer in hopes that the injured person will be desparate and accept just to get bills paid.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: I hit a commercial truck from behind with no break lights. Do I have a claim?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 14, 2020

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. The determination of liability could depend on the type of jurisdiction Virginia is in terms of apportioning liability - and only a Virginia attorney is qualified to advise you on that. As a general note about the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: How long after an accident is a driver allowed to delay before reporting? One day, week, month? Thanks
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 14, 2020

A Washington, DC attorney could advise best, as insurance practices are governed by state law. However, you await a reply for three weeks. As a good practice generally, 24 to 48 hours is advisable. If an accident involves liability on your part and your insurance carrier anticipates a bodily injury... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Wrongful Death for Virginia on
Q: In west Virginia how long does the process take to settle a wrongful death suit and how much is a case like this worth
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 14, 2020

I'm very sorry for your loss. A local state attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. There is no universal answer. It could depend on the nature of the case (respective liabilities of the parties involved), the damages being claimed, the willingness of both... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: Can i sue an insurance company for not doing a full investigation on a claim?

another driver recently hit my truck and I filed a claim with their insurance company. They denied the claim without asking for photos of the accident that I believe clearly shows who is at fault. They never even looked at our vehicle to see the damages. I was hit in a parking lot that has cameras... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 27, 2020

A West Virginia attorney could answer best, but you await a response for three weeks. As a general matter, the insurance company of the other vehicle does not owe you a duty to protect your interests. They need to worry about protecting their insured. You could contact a West Virginia attorney to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: my 18 year old son , which was 17 at the time of the accident was issue a summon this weekend for a accident that didn't

have any bodily injuries.it was my son fault , but the damages was only done to my son car only. should we look into getting a lawyer?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 25, 2020

A Virginia attorney could answer you best, but your post remains open for three weeks. I'm glad that everyone is okay and that damages were limited to property damages on one car only. You could contact a traffic tickets lawyer to discuss the summons and what the best and most cost-effective... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: If I got reckless not a DUI but I wasn't coherent and think I got drugged should I use that in court?

I'm in VA and was at a party the night before the accident and I dont really remember any of it up to the point of the charge. They did sobriety tests on me and it wasn't because of alcohol. I'm pretty sure someone roofied me.

Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins answered on Mar 12, 2020

I would make a meeting with a local attorney. Whether or not you were under the influence of an un-administered intoxicant will be up to you to show to the court and what evidence you can show of that fact - not just your assumption or speculation. There may be other ways local counsel can help... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: I'm 17 and hit a car's bumper and damages are minimal but I'd like to pay out of pocket so my parents won't find out.

will my parents be notified by the police?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 13, 2020

A Virginia attorney could advise you in the best manner, but your post remains open for two weeks. No one here can make that decision for you; that is something you will have to decide. No one can tell you whether your parents will find out either. If that does happen, it is probably likelier to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Appeals / Appellate Law and Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: Is it hard to find a lawyer to assist me with a discovery rule case? What if my providers aren’t listening?

I was involved in a car accident back in February 2017. My symptoms started much later. I started receiving the help I needed, lawyers will not help me because the statute of limitation was too close. I decided to move forward on my own and they denied my claim 2 months later. Which fell after the... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Dec 29, 2019

I regret that I do not handle personal injury matters or car accident cases. Sorry.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for Virginia on
Q: Rear ended the other car backing up while parking and his insurance claims that both are responsible for damages. Why?

I was recently involved in a Car accident at the University drive way where the other car backing up while parking on my way of lane. We shared our insurance info right after - no police involved. His rear end and mine front driver end, but his insurance company claims that in VA if both vehicles... Read more »

Jay Braddock Jackson
Jay Braddock Jackson answered on Oct 14, 2019

I do not know which insurance company it is with which you are dealing, but their explanation of the liability is inadequate at best. Virginia is a contributory negligence state, which means that you have a claim against the other driver if you have not contributed to the fault in the accident in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Lemon Law for Virginia on
Q: Is the shop responsible for towing if work performed incorrectly and car breaks down after leaving shop
Jay Braddock Jackson
Jay Braddock Jackson answered on Aug 21, 2019

Yes, the shop should pay for the tow, if the breakdown is due to the incorrect repair. If the breakdown is due to the original problem, and the repair was ineffective, that may be more difficult. If you took the car in for a repair and they told you that it was completely repaired, then you should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: lost wages for LLC member injured in car accident in Virginia

Let's say a partner owns 99% of a partnership in Virginia. The partnership reports gross revenue of $500,000 for past year on IRS form 1065. The partner's K-1 reports ordinary income of $100,000. To calculate lost wages for the partner, who's injured during a car accident, what... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jun 20, 2019

I regret that I do not handle personal injury cases. Sorry.

2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Car Accidents for Virginia on
Q: What is the best course of action to take when you suffer property damage and loss of income.

The accident involved a tractor trailer and car. The car veered a considerable distance over into the tractor's lane. The insurance company is stalling and the tractor is the drivers livelihood. The claims agent said he would not send out an adjuster and after "his" investigation... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

Not sure whose adjuster/claims agent it is. However understand if police were called the police report will be used. Also if you have collision, use that, let your company go after theirs. Most states require that property damage be settled promptly and fairly You can always file a complaint with... Read more »

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