The Commonwealth's Attorney announced on May 2, 2018 that a truck driver who hit and severely injured a woman sitting on the beach at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Virginia on September 7, 2017 will not be charged criminally.
The Commonwealth's Attorney made this determination after investigating the incident, researching the law, and speaking with the victim. The victim was sitting in a beach chair in the sand when she was struck by the driver, who was an independent contractor who at the time of the accident was attempting to make a U-turn.
In a situation like this, what are the victim’s options if she wanted pursue this matter in civil court?
According to Virginia law, individuals have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim in civil court.
People who think they may have a personal injury case should note that Virginia is one of the few states that has the contributory liability rule. This rule will prevent individuals from recovering damages if the court determines that they were even 1% at fault for their injuries.
Virginians who think they may have a personal injury case are encouraged to speak with a licensed attorney, as having an attorney may be helpful in navigating Virginia law and may result in a better outcome.
The attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman PC (855-880-8163) have the resources, power, and experience to make sure their clients get the best outcome for their case. Call today for a free consultation.