If you were in an accident that injured someone, after you seek medical attention, call an experienced accident attorney right away. They can help you understand all the complex legal issues at play and help you navigate any legal challenges that arise.
Immediately After an AccidentIf you were involved in an accident that results in an injury, death, and/or property damage, Virginia Code Section 46.2-894 requires you to stop as close to the accident scene as is safe without obstructing traffic, and give your name, address, driver’s license, and vehicle registration numbers to responding law enforcement. You also must provide this information to the other driver or person who was injured if they request it. Failing to follow these rules can result in criminal charges.
Call 911If you are in an accident where someone is injured, make sure to stop, call the police, provide your information, and help anyone who was injured as much as possible. You must stop and assist any person injured in the accident. This generally means calling 911.
Start Collecting EvidenceJust because someone else was injured in the accident doesn’t necessarily mean you were at fault. After your accident, try to document as many details as possible to help support your case. These things could prove particularly important:
- The date and time of the accident. This could help if the other person was texting or on their phone while driving, which could make them partially at fault (and in violation of Virginia law). The date and time will also be important if weather played a part in your accident. Was it snowing or icy, and they drove too fast for conditions? Was the sun setting so they couldn’t see clearly, but they proceeded anyway?
- The location of the accident, and especially any details that may have contributed to visibility problems, such as embankments or trees, road construction, or poor lighting.
- The condition of the road. Were there any potholes? Did this accident occur in a work zone? Was the road paved or gravel? Were the lanes clearly marked?
- Note whether the other driver seemed intoxicated or under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. Try to observe any alcohol bottles or drug paraphernalia in their vehicle.
- Make sure to get contact information from the other parties, any witnesses, the responding police officer, and any Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) at the scene.