Car accidents are shocking and upsetting. In the immediate aftermath, you may struggle to compose yourself.
However, there are specific actions you can take to protect your right to compensation. The most common mistakes after a car accident can be detrimental to both.
1. Failing to call the police
After assessing yourself for injuries, your next step should be to contact the police. Virginia law requires it in most cases. If you need to call an ambulance, the police will arrive with the other first responders.
The officers will collect evidence, interview witnesses, file a report and determine fault when possible. Their reports contain significant information for your case.
2. Not seeking medical attention
Not needing emergency medical services does not mean you should skip going to the doctor. If you decline an ambulance, you should still take yourself to the emergency room, visit urgent care or see your physician. That evaluation could save you from potentially harmful or deadly internal injuries. Additionally, the visit documents your injuries, which is important for a personal injury case.
3. Sharing too much
It is natural to feel the need to talk or apologize after a collision. However, you should avoid talking in case you accidentally admit fault. Avoiding social media or discussing the accident with anyone other than the police, a doctor or your attorney is typically best.
4. Waiting to file a lawsuit
Should you need to file a civil lawsuit seeking damages for the accident, avoid waiting too long. The statute of limitations on auto accident cases in Virginia is two years.
Every accident and the potential damages are different, but your health takes priority.