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Multivehicle Wreck in Suffolk, VA Raises Insurance Questions

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Four people suffered injuries requiring hospital treatment after five vehicles collided on Whaleyville Boulevard in Suffolk, Virginia (VA), shortly before 3 pm on August 27, 2015. Few details were reported from the crash near the intersection with Drum Hill Road, primarily because police investigators could not immediately determine which driver caused the wreck or how the chain of events unfolded.

 

 

Even the kinds of vehicles and nature of the injuries were not reported beyond a confirmation that a tractor-trailer was involved. Considering that fact, it may be taken as a small piece of good news that none of the individuals got killed. Death is a frequent outcome of wrecks with big rigs.

The lack of other information, however, has the unfortunate effect of compounding physical injuries and property damage with uncertainty over how to deal with the financial consequences of the crash. Accident victims have the right to file claims against the insurance policy of an at-fault driver. In this instance, liability remains unclear, meaning the people hurt through no fault of their own must bear the cost of medical bills, lost wages and vehicle repairs. Even if they alert their own insurance companies as they should, coverage may be slow in getting approved while questions over fault linger.

Speaking with a Virginia personal injury lawyer who has experience helping people injured in complicated traffic accidents could do much to protect the rights and interests of the victims of this crash near the North Carolina border. A knowledgeable legal advisor could ensure that no one ends up victimized twice -- first by a negligent or reckless driver, then by a heedless and heartless insurance company.

EJL

Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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