Auto accidents are an everyday occurrence across the country. As a matter of fact, nearly 6.3 million traffic accidents were reported to law enforcement in the United States in 2015, according to the latest data presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Over 2.4 million people were injured in these accidents.
The sheer prevalence of traffic accidents makes them a primary concern at Huffman & Huffman Brothers-in-Law, PLLC. These incidents can also cause debilitating injuries, making it essential for victims to recover truly fair settlements or awards. Our Newport News car accident lawyers utilize over a century of collective legal experience to help victims and families seek justice for their injuries or losses. From our offices in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News, we represent clients across Virginia.
To find out what your car accident claim may be worth and how to move forward, call (757) 330-3425 or contact us online. Your consultation is free, and you pay nothing unless we win!
What Should I Do After an Auto Accident?
If you’ve been involved in any type of auto accident, there are several steps you can take for your own safety, to obey the law, and to protect your right to fair compensation:
- Stay at the scene (unless you are in need of emergency medical care and are taken from the scene in an ambulance). It is against the law to leave the scene of an accident that has caused property damage or injury.
- If someone is injured or the accident is blocking traffic, call 911.
- Exchange information with the other driver or drivers that are involved. The exchange of driver and insurance information is also required by law, and it will help you file a claim.
- Try to gather as much information as you can. Take pictures with your phone, take notes, and get the contact information of any witnesses at the scene. This can help support your claim later on.
- Do not admit fault. Do not apologize or say anything that may be interpreted as an admission of fault. Only a complete investigation will reveal what caused the collision.
- Do not accept a settlement or check without consulting an attorney. The insurance company may offer you a settlement, but it is important that you do not sign anything or accept a payment until you have talked to your lawyer. You need to be certain that the settlement is fair and actually covers all losses, injuries, and expenses you are facing.
For more help and information, call (757) 330-3425 to talk to a skilled Newport News car accident attorney at Huffman & Huffman.