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What should a driver do after being involved in a car accident?

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Many people in the United States, including those in Virginia, are involved in vehicle accidents and lose their lives or are injured. The state and federal authorities often conduct safety awareness campaigns in order to prevent car accidents from happening. However, car accidents can still occur. What is even more painful is that many drivers flee from the scene after being involved in an accident.

So, what are the steps to follow when someone is in an accident? The first thing to do is call the police if a person is injured in a car accident. The police should also be notified if any of the people involved in the accident are not cooperating. The next step is to gather as much information as possible. Understandably, that may be quite difficult, but it is best to try to get the name, registration number, address, the name of the insurance company and the number and operators of all vehicles involved in the accident.

It is also necessary to note the date, time, location and road condition where the car accident occurred. It is important to get the insurance company to assess the damage as soon as possible as well. Additionally, the names of all of the witnesses and their addresses should be obtained. The accident victim should also do certain things in order to protect the vehicle from further damage.

The accident victim can fill out an insurance form with the help of the insurance agent. It is also important for the person to keep copies of the form. After the insurance company receives the claim, it will respond by either paying immediately, or, in event that the claim is rejected, the insurance company will give a reason for the rejection.

Source: SCC.Virginia.gov, "autoguide.pdf," Accessed on May 11, 2015

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