Personal Injury in West Virginia
Whether you are walking, driving, or riding, traveling the West Virginia roadways brings the pleasurable view of lush mountains, hills, valleys, and rivers. But traveling these roads, like traveling all roads, unfortunately can bring the tragedies of personal injuries as well.
Personal injuries, whether physical or mental, occur due to another person's negligence or harmful acts. These personal injuries can devastate your life, and the lives of your family members, friends, and other loved ones.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a personal injury, there's good news―you may be entitled to compensation.
You are probably familiar with the seemingly hundreds of commercials advertising personal injury attorneys. Admittedly, many of these commercials appear tacky and unprofessional; however, personal injury attorneys can protect you from being taken advantage of by an insurance company. They can negotiate payment from insurance companies and bills from hospitals. If you or a loved one is suffering from a personal injury and want to seek legal advice, do it as soon as possible.
Whether you're a pedestrian, driver, or passenger, there are ways you can protect yourself and others. Below are some laws and additional tips to keep yourself and others protected against and in the event of personal injuries.
- Make sure you have adequate automobile insurance. Find out if you have insurance that will cover you if another party is at fault for an accident and insurance that will cover another party if you are at fault for an accident.
- Make sure you are covered by underinsured and uninsured motorist protection. Underinsured coverage protects you if the other party involved in the accident doesn't have enough insurance to adequately compensate for your injuries and damages. Uninsurance coverage protects you if the other party involved in the accident doesn't have any insurance at all.
- Make sure you notify your insurance company of any accidents in a timely manner.
- West Virginia law states that in the event of an accident, especially those that result in injury, death, and/or damages to the vehicles involved, you must:
- Stop your vehicle at or as close to the accident scene as possible.
- Give information (including your name, address, and your vehicle's registration number) to the driver or occupant of the vehicle involved in the accident.
- Render aid to anyone involved in the accident if you are physically able to do so yourself.
- Notify authorities immediately of the accident. Local police should be contacted if the accident occurs within a municipality, and the county or state police should be contacted if the accident occurs outside of a municipality.
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