If you are involved in a car accident, you need to rely on insurance to pay for any injuries and property damage you have suffered. Many car accidents result in serious injuries which require lengthy hospital stays, costly medical treatment and significant time away from work. But if the accident was with an at-fault driver who is uninsured, your rights may be undermined since the other driver does not have insurance to cover your damages. Hit-and-run drivers also count as uninsured, since their insurance information is not available.
The number of uninsured motorists driving in West Virginia is not insignificant. According to the Insurance Research Counsel, almost 10% of all drivers were uninsured in West Virginia in 2006. In 2008, this figure was 9%. That means that almost one out of every 10 drivers on the road in West Virginia is driving without insurance, placing you and other drivers at risk. In an accident with an uninsured motorist, your security as well as that of your loved ones is at risk, since you may not get adequate compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Therefore it is crucial that all drivers carry uninsured motorist coverage.
In order to recover compensation from an uninsured motorist policy, generally you will need to demonstrate that the other driver was at fault for the accident. You also may need to show that the injuries you sustained are significant.
If you have been the victim of a driver who does not have insurance, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who is familiar with West Virginia insurance laws and can make sure your rights are protected. You need to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident injury happens, so that your attorney can take the proper steps to make sure that key evidence is preserved for your claim.
For over 20 years, the Wolfe Law Firm has successfully handled personal injury claims involving uninsured motorists in Harrison County, Tucker County, Randolph County, Upshur County and throughout North Central West Virginia. West Virginia personal injury attorney Dorwin J. Wolfe has helped hundreds of clients protect their interests and get the compensation they deserve. At the Wolfe Law Firm, we take our clients’ interests seriously and will do everything we can to make sure that you get the best outcome possible. We handle all personal injury matters on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay any fees or costs unless you are paid.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a vehicle accident with an uninsured motorist, you may still be able to get compensation for your property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Contact the Wolfe Law Firm today by calling toll-free at 1-877-637-5756 or fill out and submit our online Contact Us form to set up a free initial consultation with an experienced West Virginia uninsured motorist attorney.