Individuals who are involved in car accidents in Virginia should keep a few things in mind. First, there is an obligation that the parties involved in a car accident stop at the scene. This is true even if the parties believe the accident didn’t cause any damage. Regardless of the circumstances, a person who is in a car accident should not admit responsibility for the crash at the scene. Car insurance contracts often contain clauses prohibiting the insured from admitting liability or responsibility at this point.
One of the first things to be done after a crash is contact the police. The police will create an accident report that may be important for recovery from the insurance companies or the other driver. It’s a good idea for each of the drivers to contact their insurance companies soon after the accident and to exchange information.
Police stations and Department of Motor Vehicles offices keep car accident report forms on hand. Every state uses a different form, designed to gather the relevant information in an organized, simple way. Following a car accident, the driver should collect the name, address and phone number of the other driver along with the relevant insurance company name, contact information and policy number. It’s also a good idea to make notes of the vehicle make, model, year, registration information and license plate number.
In a case where a person is injured in a car accident, an attorney may be able to review the facts of the case and negotiate a settlement with at fault parties or their insurers. An attorney might negotiate on the client’s behalf or draft and file a complaint in civil court. People who have suffered injuries in car crashes may be entitled to recover for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses or other damages.