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.
Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve
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 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.
Common Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident
Getting into an accident is stressful and emotional, which often clouds our judgment. Once the impact is made, the realization that you have just hit someone or someone hit you sets in and you start to panic. There are a few common mistakes that people make right after an accident and it’s important to be aware so that you don’t fall victim to these same errors.
- Not seeking medical attention. Go see the doctor as soon as possible, don’t underestimate your injuries and never say you are okay. If there is an ambulance tell the EMS about all of your symptoms and schedule a medical checkup. Not only is this the best advice for your health, it could also help strengthen your future case.
- Failing to call the police. Always call the police so that they can fully document and report the incident. Doing this can prevent the other driver from making false claims and ensures important details aren’t missed in the post-accident confusion.
- Admitting fault or guilt. Never do this. It is not up to you to determine fault, that will be up to the police report. You do not want to open yourself up to liability when you don’t need to.
- Not gathering evidence. It is always important to gather evidence after the accident. Gather the names and numbers of any witnesses and the names, license plate numbers, addresses, and insurance information of the other individuals involved. Try and take photos of the damages, scene of the accident, and take note of road conditions. This evidence will help you defend yourself, protect you from false claims, make the case to your insurance company and even assist you if you have a case that goes to trial.
Be safe out there on the roads and take into consideration the list above if you ever find yourself the victim of an accident. For any further questions, contact The Brothers in Law at (757) 330-3425.
For more help and information, call (757) 330-3425 to talk to a skilled Newport News car accident attorney at Huffman & Huffman.