Being involved in a car accident can have physical, financial, and legal ramifications. Getting those ramifications under control immediately after your accident can seem overwhelming, but making these three phone calls can help you protect your health and your rights:
- 911 – Virginia law requires that all auto accidents involving property damage or injuries be reported to police. Always call 911 after an accident and wait for police to arrive and create a report of the crash before leaving the scene. If you’re injured, you may be treated at the accident scene by emergency responders or transported to a nearby hospital.
- Your insurance provider – Auto insurers require that their policyholders notify them of accidents shortly after they occur—often within one week or less. Waiting too long can jeopardize your chances of getting compensation. Always call as soon as you’re able, but keep the conversation brief and stick to the facts.
- An auto accident law firm – It’s important to begin protecting your legal rights as soon as possible after a crash, as the insurance company will begin preparing its defense against paying you the money you deserve. The sooner a law firm can take on your claim, the sooner your attorneys will be able to collect evidence to support your claim.
The Roanoke car accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm have helped many people who were hurt in crashes that were caused by negligent drivers, and we know what you’re going through. Call us today for a free consultation, and let us put our experience to work for you and your family.