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What to do after a car crash

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Car accidents are scary and disorienting for everyone involved. Even if no one is hurt, emotions can run high due to rattled nerves and distress over property damage. Luckily, there are a few steps that Virginia drivers can take to ensure everyone’s safety and increase the chances of a smooth car insurance claim.

First, it is imperative that drivers remain calm immediately following an accident. While it’s easy to become emotional or angry, keeping a level head will help drivers render aid to others and remember important crash details that need to be reported to law enforcement officers and insurance agents. Second, drivers need to call 911 and check to see if anyone has been injured in the collision.

Once everyone is accounted for, drivers can begin documenting the scene. They should take photos of the vehicles from various angles and write down everything they can remember about the events leading up to the crash. Next, drivers should gather contact information from the other involved drivers and witnesses. When police officers arrive at the scene, drivers should fully cooperate and be sure to request a copy of the accident report. Finally, drivers should remember not to accept blame for a crash even if they believe it was their fault. That issue will be sorted out by police, insurance companies and attorneys.

Victims of motor vehicle accidents may be owed compensation for a variety of losses, including current and future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, wages lost during recovery, pain and suffering, property loss and more. Injured victims might have their case evaluated by contacting a personal injury attorney. The attorney may review the accident details, visit the crash scene, interview witnesses and file a claim in court. Legal counsel may also work to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company.