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In the moments immediately following a car accident in Virginia, you may be faced with a barrage of emotions and feelings. Being able to think with clarity and take the precautions to secure your safety and the safety of your passengers is imperative to prevent further injury. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., we have helped many people deal with the consequences of being involved in a car accident.

The Huffington Post has shared some suggestions to help you make smart and calm decisions following an accident. These include the following:

  • Call law enforcement: Once you have realized what has happened, immediately contact law enforcement. Do your best to describe your location and the vehicles involved. Even if it appears to be a minor fender bender, do not move your vehicle.
  • Secure the area: If possible, try and secure the area around your vehicle to notify other drivers of the incident.
  • Get information: Speak with the other driver(s) who were involved in the accident and exchange insurance information. Ask for their contact information and try to agree upon a timeline of events that lead to the accident. This way, when law enforcement arrives, both parties can provide a similar account of what happened and not risk dealing with subjective statements. If you see any witnesses, ask for their information as well.
  • Document: Taking pictures is one way you can document what has happened for future reference. You never know when a picture can provide descriptive details or evidence that would otherwise be based solely off of your personal claims.

Finally, make sure to get checked out by medical personnel to verify that you are okay. With an idea of how to approach the situation following a car accident, you can confidently deal with the circumstances and stay calm. For more information about motor vehicle accidents, visit our web page. 

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