The steps that you should take following an auto accident are an important aspect of maximizing the compensation that you receive for losses and damages. At Carluzzo Rochkind & Smith, P.C., we lay out the appropriate steps that will aid you immediately after the wreck and during the legal process.
If you have just been involved in a car accident in Manassas, Prince William, Manassas Park, Gainesville, Haymarket, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Warrenton, Centreville, Fairfax, Stafford, Chantilly, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, Annandale, or Arlington, please call our law firm right away. We help people throughout Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area set their cases up for success.
What To Do And What Not To Do After An Auto Wreck
|Take pictures of the scene with your phone or camera, including license plates, damage to each car, skid marks, traffic signs and road conditions if possible. Please take these pictures safely.||Move your vehicle after the accident. Evidence, including vehicle positions must be preserved. (Even if blocking the road, move yourself to safety, but leave your vehicle where the accident occurred until told by police to move it.)|
|Contact law enforcement to complete a report of the accident and attend to all possible injuries at the scene.||Tell the police officer that you aren’t hurt.|
|Exchange insurance and contact information with other drivers in the accident.||Panic if the other driver doesn’t have insurance.|
|Seek medical attention from EMTs and paramedics at the scene. You don’t have to leave in the ambulance if you don’t want to.||Refuse medical attention from EMTs or paramedics.|
|Take pictures of your injuries and document how you feel and how your life is restricted by your injuries.||Get your car repaired until after the condition of it following the accident has been documented completely.|
|Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately. We will get straight to work investigating the accident scene and handling all legal aspects of your case.||Speak with your insurance company before speaking with a lawyer. Even your own insurer will not work in your best interests, instead minimizing and devaluing your case.|
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Northern Virginia, including Manassas, Prince William, Manassas Park, Gainesville, Haymarket, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Warrenton, Centreville, Fairfax, Stafford, Chantilly, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, Annandale, and Arlington.