Many people who are involved in a car crash often feel pangs of panic in the moments that follow the crash. This can make it hard to concentrate and think clearly about taking the appropriate steps following the crash. The driver may have passengers and are concerned they are injured, or they may be focused on the massive damaged done to their vehicle. With all of the activity swirling around them, as well as the rushes of adrenaline surging, they may not even be aware that they have sustained an injury.
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No matter what the circumstances of the crash, however, it is important that certain steps are taken by a car accident victim in order to preserve their right to pursue legal action against the party who caused the crash and the resulting losses. With that in mind, the Virginia car accident attorneys from Shapiro & Appleton offer the following information of actions to avoid if you have been involved in a crash.
Argue with the Other Driver
No matter how upset you may be, do not engage in a verbal dispute with the other driver, even if they are attempting to bait you. Blaming each other, arguing, and anything you may say or do can later be used against you should there be legal action later on. Do your best to remain calm and not engage in any acrimonious dialogue with the other driver. Make sure to contact law enforcement to report the accident. Police will also help diffuse any potential disputes.
Do Not Assume You Are Not Injured
It is not uncommon for symptoms of injuries to be delayed. This is especially true because of the mental state that many car accident victims are in at the accident scene. That adrenaline that is pumping away can also “mask” any pain that you would normally feel following an injury. It isn’t until a few hours later, as the victim calms down, that they suddenly realize there are signs something is wrong. There are also injuries that may have hidden symptoms, such as internal bleeding and internal organ damage.
Not only is it dangerous to a victim’s health to delay seeking medical attention, but it can also cause damage to a personal injury case. The other party’s insurance company’s attorneys could try to say the victim is faking their injuries or their injuries were sustained after the car accident, not because of.
Not Calling a Virginia Car Accident Attorney
If you do not have a Virginia car accident attorney advocating for you and ensuring your rights are protected, there is a high chance that the at-fault driver’s insurance company will try to avoid paying the amount your claim is actually worth. They may even try to deny the claim by blaming you for the crash. This is why it is critical to have your own attorney.
Speak to a Virginia Car Accident Attorney
If you suffered injuries in a car accident, talk to a Virginia car accident attorney from Shapiro & Appleton to find out all your legal options.
Car accident injuries should not be ignored, and you deserve compensation for your suffering. Our firm has more than three decades of experience successfully advocating for injured victims and their families and will work diligently to get you the financial compensation you deserve.
An experienced personal injury attorney with dual licensure in Virginia and North Carolina, Eric Washburn received a B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University—initially worked in the information technology field before obtaining his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Once an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Danville, Va., Eric has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” Super Lawyer in Virginia since 2014.