What to do about mechanical problems that have developed a month after an accident?

My car was hit in the side, knocked sideways in the road and over a embankment. Now 1 month later, it is having all kind of mechainical issues in the front end and transmission. Is the insurer of the at fault driver lible for these problems?

Asked on February 24, 2013 under Accident Law, Virginia


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

The at-fault party's insurance carrier is liable for the property damage to your vehicle, which is the cost of repairs.  If they are denying your claim for the problems that developed a month after the accident, obtain a written statement from the mechanic that these problems were caused by the accident.  If the insurance company continues to deny liability despite the written statement from the mechanic, file a lawsuit for negligence against the at-fault driver / registered owner (if the registered owner is someone other than the at-fault driver.  Name both the at-fault driver and registered owner as defendants in your lawsuit.

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