After an individual has been involved in an accident with a semi or tractor-trailer truck in Virginia, their primary focus is generally placed on recovering. The fact is, most collisions involving large trucks often result in passenger vehicle occupants suffering serious and even life-threatening injuries. From spinal cord injuries to traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s), the damage is usually severe and rarely is a victim concerned with anything other than getting through the tough times that follow after the incident.
While it is understandable that a victim of a large truck accident is more focused on their health and wellbeing, something that must be addressed and brought to their attention is the statute of limitations to file a claim for the injuries they sustained. If you are seeking legal information on behalf of your injured spouse, child, or family member or you are the victim yourself, below we are focusing on what the statute of limitations is in the state of Virginia for filing a personal injury lawsuit and why it is essential for you to retain a Fairfax, VA truck accident lawyer now so that they can begin working on your case.
Understanding Virginia’s Statute of Limitation Law
In the state of Virginia, a victim who has been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another has only two years to file a claim against the liable party. The timeline starts on the day of the injury according to Va. Code §8.01-230 which means if it has been a month or two since the accident, you have already lost precious time that could have been dedicated to your case. Now, while it might seem as though two years minus any time that has already passed since the collision is a significant amount of time, you have to take into consideration the following:
- You must retain a lawyer so that they can begin gathering pertinent information for your case.
- Your lawyer will need to review evidence, accident reports, doctor’s notes, etc. to first identify in what way the other driver was negligent.
- They will then need to assess all the details gathered to determine how much your damages are worth. Your lawyer will likely consider the pain and suffering you endured as a result of the crash, the amount of income you lost from being unable to work, how the accident has impacted your quality of life, the extent of your injuries, etc. when determining how much to ask for in your lawsuit.
Going through all of these documents, meeting with certain individuals for statements regarding the incident, and deriving at a fair amount for the damages suffered can’t be done in a short period of time. Therefore, you need to ensure you allow your trucking accident attorney ample time to complete their investigation so that you have a solid case and that your lawsuit stands a chance in court. So, while it might seem as though two years is enough time to recover and then take legal action, it is best you contact Nolan & Mroz, PLC now so that no evidence can be destroyed or disappear. You should also know that personal injury cases can take months and even years before they settle if the other party is disputing one or more claims stipulated in your lawsuit so the quicker you hire a lawyer, the closer you are to recovering the compensation you and your family could use right now to help while you head down the path of recovery.
To get connected with an experienced attorney who understands the laws governing large trucks and how to get you the maximum amount of compensation you deserve, contact Nolan & Mroz, PLC at 703-281-2600.
Nolan & Mroz, PLC is located at:
2301 Gallows Road, Suite 200
Dunn Loring (Tysons Corner – Fairfax County), VA 22027