11 Apr Virginia Auto Accident: Property Damages Proof – a Lawyer’s Affidavit
In vehicle accident cases, Virginia permits proof of vehicle property damages by affidavit. That is an exception to the general hearsay rule against affidavits.
“[E]vidence to [recover motor vehicle] damages may be presented by an itemized estimate or appraisal sworn to by a person who also makes oath (i) that he is a motor vehicle repairman, estimator or appraiser qualified to determine the amount of such damage or diminution in value; (ii) as to the approximate length of time that he has engaged in such work; and (iii) as to the trade name and address of his business and employer.” Va. Code Ann. §8.01-416(A). However, when the vehicle damages are in excess of $1,000.00, a true copy of the affidavit must be “mailed or delivered to the adverse party or his counsel not less than seven days prior to the date fixed for trial”. Id.