After a Virginia car, bicycle, truck, pedestrian, or motorcycle accident, victims may feel confused and overwhelmed about what to do next. Unfortunately, any actions taken during this critical time period can be used against the victim when addressing potential claims. During this time of emotional and financial strain, it is essential to obtain proper guidance from an experienced Virginia auto accident lawyer.
Seeking medical attention for all injured parties is the most important thing a victim can do following a crash. However, there are other steps that should be taken as well. These actions can improve the chances that a victim will receive adequate compensation for his or her injuries.
Immediately after involvement in an accident with a car, bicycle, truck, pedestrian, or motorcycle, a victim should do the following:
- Make sure that all parties to the accident are ok. If not, call 911. Often minor accident injuries are not “felt” until days after. When seeking medical care be sure to keep a record of all treatment.
- Refrain from making statements like "I'm sorry," as this can be seen as an admission of liability. Only exchange with the other driver.
- File an accident report to local law enforcement. Obtain a copy of the accident report filed, usually available within days of the accident.
- Get all the relevant contact information of all eye witnesses. Witness accounts can be very helpful in making your case. Do not depend on this information being on the police report.
- Take pictures of the damage to the car(s) and the scene at the time of the accident. This will serve as evidence if there is a dispute. Document what happened, as your memory at the time of the accident will be most reliable.
- Report the incident to your insurance company and ask if you should file claim with other driver’s insurance company.
- Consult with an experienced Virginia auto accident lawyer to evaluate the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident.
- Obtain an estimate for repair/replacement of property from your Insurance Company - this valuation will serve as the amount you can recover. If you are not happy with the figure from your insurance company, seek outside quotes.
- When/If the other party's insurance company contacts you; your best response is to have them get in touch with your attorney. Because an experienced attorney will have your best interest when handling your loss.
- Don’t accept the first offer you get. Rushing to settlement can be a costly mistake. Once you sign their forms, no future claims can be made. Consult an experienced Virginia auto accident lawyer.
If you or a loved one was involved in an auto crash, it is vital that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your interests. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To learn more, contact a with over a decade of experience representing auto accident victims. For a consultation, call our office today at 888-691-9319.