The Best Way to Respond to a Car Accident in Virginia

Have you ever been in a situation where you wondered to yourself, “How would a professional handle this?” It would be nice to have individual instruction manuals to help us navigate every rough patch in our life, but for the most part, we’re left “winging it.”

When it comes to a legal situation, however, “winging it” can cost you your livelihood. If you need medical bills paid after a car accident, you don’t want your quality of life affected because you unintentionally hurt your case in the moments following a crash.

So what would a lawyer do when struck by a car in Virginia?What is the best way to respond to a car accident?

  1. Collect LOTS of information. Depending on your injuries, try to collect as much information as possible. Photographs, witness information, and details relating to the driver and the vehicles involved will help you if you decide to file an injury claim. For example, take pictures of the damage to your vehicle, the accident scene and even the people involved in the crash. This one is a bit of a no brainer, but if you are shaken up and have just come out of a car wreck odds are it's one of the last things on your mind.
  2. Jot down the police officer’s name and information. You should also request the police report number.  When you are talking with the police officer, do not admit fault or place blame on the other driver. There is often a lot of confusion after an accident, and there may be factors involved of which you are not yet aware.
  3. Go to the doctor. It is important that you see a physician, even if you feel that you were only slightly injured. Sometimes the symptoms of a serious injury do not surface right away, so you don’t want to take any chances. Plus, waiting to see a doctor could actually hurt you, if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.

Here at BenGlassLaw, we hope you’re never in a car accident. But if you find yourself in that situation, we’re here to help. You can download Ben’s book, Five Deadly Sins That Can Wreck Your Injury Claim, for free. If your car accident is complicated and you need answers, we are always available to talk. Just call 703-584-7277.

Ben Glass
Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney