What should I do if I'm involved in a car accident in Virginia?
Knowing what to do after an auto accident can be confusing. There are so many issues you have to deal with - from legal matters to your physical health - even knowing where to start can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you don't have to navigate this chaotic situation on your own. We can help you every step of the way.
We know what to do because we have dedicated our careers to working with accident victims. There's no substitute for practical experience. That's why our firm has been so successful since being established in 1891.
DISCLAIMER: The settlements and verdicts listed here represent a sampling of the case results pursued and won by Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC. Please note that every case is different and these verdicts and settlements, while accurate, do not represent what we may obtain for you in your case. Nor does it mean that we win all of our cases - we don't.
Our hard-working lawyers regularly secure six-figure settlements and verdicts over $100,000 for injury victims and their families in Southwest Virginia.
Most collisions aren't accidents. In many cases, drivers do something reckless or negligent to cause serious crashes. This guide below was designed to help people hold other drivers accountable for their actions. Discover what we can do for you. Contact us for more information or to schedule a free case evaluation. Call (866) 434-1581.
Steps you should take if you're involved in an accident caused by another driver
- Contact the police
Even if your accident seems minor, don't try to handle your crash on your own. Contact the police immediately and ask them to respond to your accident. This will create an official car accident police report for your crash. That way, there will be no confusion later about exactly what happened. Some drivers change their stories. Insurance companies often express doubts. Accident reports often quickly resolve such disputes.
- Call for emergency medical help
Have an emergency medical technician (EMT), doctor, nurse or another medical professional examine you as soon as possible after your crash. Even if you feel fine, you could have a life-threatening internal injury. Don't try to diagnose yourself. Seek medical help. This step will also create an official record documenting your injury, making it easier for you to be compensated by insurance companies or whoever's responsible for paying for your accident.
- Get driver's information
Before the driver who caused your accident leaves the scene, make sure you obtain the following important personal information in case you or someone handling your accident needs to contact the driver. We strongly recommend you get the driver's:
- Full name
- Mailing address
- Phone number
- Driver's license number
- Insurance information
- Interview witnesses
Statements from someone who saw your crash can dramatically influence the outcome of your case. If you see someone who witnessed your accident, talk to that person immediately before they leave. Or, if you don't feel comfortable interviewing them, direct the police officer at the scene of your accident to the witness. Make sure you get the following information from witnesses:
- Their full name
- Their address
- Their phone number
- A brief description of exactly what they saw
- Collect evidence
Evidence builds compelling cases. The information you have about your accident, the more likely you will be fairly compensated for your crash. Even the smallest details matter, including:
- Exact location of accident
- Direction vehicles were traveling before accident
- Exact location of damage to vehicles
- Traffic signals near accident scene
- Were signals working?
- Did the other driver have a red light?
- Posted speed limit
- Other traffic signs
- Time of day
- Weather conditions
- Take photographs
Photos of an accident can serve as valuable evidence. If you or someone else has a cellphone or camera, take as many photos as possible of your accident. In particular, make sure you take a photograph of the exact location of the vehicles after the accident and visible damage to both vehicles after the accident. That way, there's no dispute later about whether your crash was a serious or minor accident.
- Contact your insurance company
Make sure you contact your insurance company soon after your accident. However, keep your comments to a minimum about your accident. Just offer the bare facts and don't talk about the issue of fault. In some cases, your own insurance company might not have your best interests at heart, especially if you're a victim of a hit-and-run accident or the other driver didn't have insurance. It's always better to be cautious. You don't want to do anything that could jeopardize your ability to be fairly compensated.
- Contact us
Police officers and insurance companies thoroughly investigate accidents, but they don't work for you. They're not concerned with how much money you get for your crash. In fact, some insurance companies do everything they can to reduce payments to injury victims.
That's not right. That's why we work so hard on every motor vehicle accident we handle in Virginia. Attorney William P. Davis has been practicing law since 1999 and has successfully resolved many accident cases. Fellow attorneys George "Tripp" Hunt and David B. Hart also have decades of experience working with clients on complicated car accidents.
Make sure your accident receives the attention it rightfully deserves. Contact Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC. Call (866) 434-1581 and schedule an appointment. Best of all, you only pay legal fees if we win your accident case. That's because we work on a contingency fee basis. (The client may be responsible for costs or expenses related to the case).