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As a Virginia personal injury attorney, I specialize in personal injury cases involving car wrecks. According to an article in The Virginian Pilot, police were conducting a traffic checkpoint, when an approaching car nearly struck another vehicle. The driver sped off forcing the officer to chase the car down Interstate 664 South. Due to traffic, the officer could not chase the fleeing car any further. As the car exited the tunnel he rear-ended another vehicle causing the vehicle to overturn. The two people in the car, fleeing from the scene of the crash, left the injured passenger in the overturned car helpless. The two men who ran from the car wreck were chased by the police officer for a short time before being caught. The driver of the car that flipped over was taken to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Many drivers on the road do not have vehicle insurance because the Virginia law does not require it. If an uninsured driver injured you in an accident, you might think you have no way to help you pay for the damages and injuries, but there is a solution. Most insurance coverage policies have uninsured motorist coverage. In fact, in Virginia they have to offer it to you. When you file a claim against your own insurance company for an uninsured motorist, your insurer defends against your claim as if they were the insurance for the guy who failed to have it.  When the other driver is uninsured, the coverage is up to the limit of the uninsured insurance purchased. Uninsured motorist coverage pays for medical expenses, lost wages, and other general damages.

Car accidents and wrecks are very dangerous and can cause serious injury or even death. When the driver at fault is uninsured problems escalate from bad to worse. If you were injured in an accident because of the negligence of another driver who does not have insurance coverage, please contact our personal injury law firm, and we may be able to help. No one should have to bear the financial burden of an accident or the medical bills that come with the injury you acquired. 

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