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How Much Time Do I Have to File a Truck Accident Claim in Virginia?

If you were involved in a truck accident, you may have suffered serious injuries that require intensive medical treatment. As a result, your focus after a truck accident is likely and understandably on your recovery. But when the crash was caused by someone else’s careless or reckless actions, you deserve to pursue financial compensation for the losses you incur due to the accident and your injuries.

In Virginia, the law limits how much time you have to pursue a truck accident claim. In addition, it’s important to take action as soon as possible after an accident to preserve crucial evidence. While truck accident claims are complex, you don’t have to navigate the legal process on your own. Keep reading to learn more about your options and legal deadlines following a truck accident. 

Why Truck Accidents Are Different Than Regular Crashes

Truck accident cases differ from your typical car crash for several reasons, including:

Investigating a Truck Crash – Types of Evidence That a Lawyer Will Review

The highly regulated nature of the trucking industry requires trucking companies to produce a lot of documentation of their operations. These documents may hold clues as to how a truck accident occurred and who was responsible for causing the crash.

In addition to evidence common to all motor vehicle accidents, such as police accident reports, accident scene photos, vehicle damage reports, and eyewitness statements, a lawyer in a truck accident claim will also likely review pieces of evidence, such as:

Negotiating for a Settlement

Most truck accident claims end in a negotiated settlement rather than going to trial. Several factors can affect how long it may take to negotiate a settlement, including:

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Statute of Limitations for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Virginia

Under Virginia’s statute of limitations on injury claims (Virginia Code: § 8.01-243) you typically have two years from the date of the truck accident to file a lawsuit to recover compensation from the party or parties at fault for the crash. If you file suit after this two-year period has expired, you run the risk of the court granting the opposing party’s motion to dismiss your case from court. If your case is dismissed with prejudice, you will lose your right to seek compensation for the accident. 

How Barney Injury Law Can Help

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Virginia, Barney Injury Law can help you pursue a legal claim to hold negligent or reckless parties accountable by:

Contact the Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers at Barney Injury Law for a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable truck accident attorney. We’ll listen to your story and determine your options for pursuing financial compensation for your injuries and losses. Don’t hesitate to call us at (757) 965-7200 or reach out to us online.

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