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What NOT to Do After a Car Accident

Virginia Car Accident Lawyer - Richard SerpeFor most people, car accidents are traumatic things. Even if the accident was injury-free, the trauma of the incident can shake even the calmest of people up. If you find yourself in an accident, here are a few reminders of what to avoid:

DO NOT leave the scene. Even if a wreck doesn’t look serious, you’re still required to stop and exchange insurance information with the other driver. Leave without doing so, and you’re breaking the law. If someone is injured, you’re required to help them seek medical attention, too.

DO NOT forget to call the police. In minor accidents, it’s easy to think you can forgo a 911 call. After all, if the other driver is reasonable and wants to let the insurance company handle things, what could go wrong? Turns out, a lot. You taking a stranger at their word is very risky. They could have warrants out for their arrest, expired insurance or even falsified insurance info. Don’t take any chances. Call the police so they can document everything.

DO NOT mistake aches and pains for bruises. Even if you’re pretty sure none of your injuries are serious, get checked out by a doctor or EMS just in case. Injuries can seem minor when your adrenaline is pumping, but getting examined by a medical professional can ensure you get the treatment you need.

DO NOT get confrontational. Even if the other driver made a bad move at the wheel, it pays to stay calm and cordial. Adding assault and battery charges to your incident only makes the situation worse.

Virginia Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyers

If you’ve been in injured in an accident, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer about your legal rights. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims injured by the negligence of another for over 30 years. If you’d like to setup a free consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact us today 877-544-5323.