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What to do if you are hit by an uninsured driver in Virginia

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2024 | Car Accidents |

Encountering a situation where you’ve been hit by an uninsured driver can be stressful and confusing. However, in Virginia, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and potentially seek compensation for damages.

As such, if you are hit by an uninsured driver, be sure to keep this information in mind.

Stay calm and gather information

Immediately after an accident with an uninsured driver, it’s crucial to remain composed. Check yourself and others for injuries, and if necessary, seek medical attention immediately.

Collecting pertinent information at the scene is vital for any potential legal or insurance claims. Ensure to gather the following:

  • Driver’s name, contact details, and license plate number
  • Vehicle make, model, and color
  • Any eyewitness contact information

You’ll also want to contact the police and file a report. This is necessary for all accidents, even those that seem like minor fender benders. Having an official police report can be crucial for insurance claims and legal proceedings.

Consider your legal options

In Virginia, uninsured motorist coverage is not mandatory, but it’s highly recommended. If you have this coverage, your insurance company may compensate you for damages caused by an uninsured driver. Consult with a legal professional to understand your rights and options for pursuing compensation.

By following these steps, individuals involved in accidents with uninsured drivers in Virginia can better protect their rights and pursue appropriate compensation for damages incurred. You may have to file a lawsuit to recover compensation in these cases. Knowing your rights and options is essential to protect them.


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