There's no such thing as a convenient time for a car crash. But what happens if you're in a car accident and you need to leave the country before you can pursue a claim? Below, our Virginia auto accident attorneys explain when you can file a personal injury lawsuit and how to manage your claim from abroad.
Can I Make a Car Accident Claim from Abroad?
The short answer is yes, you can. If you're overseas, you can file a claim in Virginia for an accident if:
● The accident happened in Virginia; or
● The defendant lives in Virginia
If you normally reside in Virginia, you can pursue a claim here if the defendant also normally lives here. But even if you don't usually live in Virginia, you can still pursue a claim here if the accident happened in the state.
Leaving the country does not mean leaving your legal rights behind. A Virginia auto accident attorney can help you pursue a claim, no matter where you are.
How Long Do I Have to Pursue a Car Accident Claim in Virginia?
If you're only going to be out of the country for a short time, you may wish to wait until you return home to pursue a claim. Pursuant to Virginia's statute of limitations, you have two years from the accident date to file a personal injury claim.
If you don't make a claim within two years, you'll lose your right to pursue damages.
How Do I Make a Car Crash Lawsuit Abroad?
To claim for an accident in Virginia, simply contact a car crash lawyer. Whether you're at home, out of state, or out of the country, the team at Ackerman & Falcon can bring a claim on your behalf and manage the legal side of things for you.
Most car accident injury claims filed in Virginia are settled before they can go to court but, in the unlikely event that your case goes to trial, your attorney can explain how the process works.
Contact the VA Car Crash Attorneys at Ackerman & Falcon
Just because you're out of the country doesn't mean you don't deserve justice. If you're injured in a VA car crash, Ackerman & Falcon can help—no matter where you are. We'll manage your case in your absence, and we'll be on hand to answer any questions you have about the process.