We find that most of our clients have similar questions. Here are seven frequently asked questions we are often asked concerning car accidents.

1) How do car accident investigations work?

After any car accident, there is an investigation. Investigations can be done by police, insurance companies, or lawyers. Police officers will create an accident report that includes details about the accident, injuries, and any damages. Insurance companies will conduct their own investigations to determine who is at fault. Lawyers also perform investigations; gathering information from the collision, photographs, notes, and event statements from witnesses.

2) How long after a car accident can you make a claim?

You can file a lawsuit as early as the same day the collision occurs. However, it’s better to have an idea of the entire situation, who caused the wreck, how much damage has been done to your vehicle, and importantly, the extent of your injuries. Most states will allow up to two years from the date of the accident to file a claim.

3) Who is at fault in a multi-car accident?

When in a car accident with multiple vehicles, it may be difficult to determine who is at fault. In this situation, the police report and other investigations may be used to determine who the at-fault driver is. Once fault is determined, you can make a claim against the at-fault driver. This could be an individual or a company if a driver was working for their employer.

4) Can a passenger recover after an accident?

If you are a passenger in a car accident, you may also be able to make a claim against the at-fault party. You may be able to recover medical expenses from your injuries, as well as pain and suffering damages and any economic damages you insure.

5) What are general damages in a car accident claim?

General damages are damages stemming from the car wreck and your injuries that account for pain, suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and annoyance and inconvenience.

6) Can you make a claim when a car accident results in a death?

If a car accident results in a fatality, surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party. Wrongful death claims are brought by the administrator of the estate of the deceased individual.

7) Do I need my own lawyer?

You may think a simple, straightforward fender bender can be handled without a lawyer; however, even seemingly simple claims can go sideways quickly. Going it alone likely means you are going to accept a smaller settlement, and be cheated out of a full recovery. An experienced car accident attorney in Charleston will be able to assist you in maximizing your recovery while you focus on getting better.

Attorney Timothy Manchin established the Manchin Injury Law Group in 2011 after his law partner of more than 25 years became a West Virginia circuit court judge. His focus is on helping individual clients and entire families victimized by negligent acts.

  • Taylor Downs was easy to talk to (I do not speak the legal language well!) and was very upfront and honest about the entire process of my case. He kept me updated as the case progressed, and answered my relentless questions. The end result was a favorable settlement that I’m not sure could have been any better with anyone else. In short, go see Taylor if you have a case. Don’t be intimidated to go seek his help, he won’t blow your brains out with “legal speak”.


  • Being referred to Taylor was the best thing I could have asked for. Taylor and staff are very easy to talk to. I would highly recommend them to anyone.


  • If I ever have to go through it again I would definetly call Taylor right away. The group was so helpful through my situation and handled everything that needed to be done. They made a stressful situation a stress free situation. With Taylor you dont have to worry about one thing. Definietly would recomend to anyone.

    - TAYLOR G.

  • Efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly.


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Manchin Injury Law Group, Took care of me when I got into a car accident while I was pregnant. Very scary moment for a first time mom but thankfully Manchin Injury Law Group had my back and treated me great. They made me feel as if I was part of their family. My son is now 7 Months Old and very happy and healthy. I’m very thankful for them for helping me through everything and getting me what we deserved. I 100% would recommend them to anyone. If I ever have an accident again they will be my number 1 phone call!


  • The support given helped me to feel like I was included in my personal injury case every step of the way. I was informed about the entire process throughout. It was amazing how quick the turn around time was and I would definitely recommend Attorney Timothy J. Manchin to anyone!


  • Taylor and Kelly worked hard on my case so I didn’t have to. Thanks guys!


  • Excellent experience dealing with Manchin Injury Law. They were very responsive, professional and easy to talk to. I did my homework before I hired a lawyer after my accident and I am so glad I found Manchin Injury Law Group. If you are injured, give them a call!


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Kelly and Taylor did all the hard work so that I didn’t have to. They both cared about my circumstance and got me a nice settlement. Taylor knows what he is doing and I felt comfortable with my case in his hands.


  • Great lawyers. They helped me with a West Virginia case.


  • Such a great experience with Taylor and this firm. Thankful for their diligence and their work on our case. Thank you to all!


  • Had a easy and smooth experience with a great attorney so when you go there make sure you ask for Taylor.


  • My experience at the Manchin Injury Law Group was extremely positive, and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a compassionate and experienced lawyer on their side.


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