At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that auto accidents are traumatic and confusing. You may find it difficult to concentrate due to the adrenaline and shock from the accident. We also know that most victims don’t respond in a textbook manner after their crashes—but that’s okay. That’s what we’re here for!
However, if you’re able to follow three important steps in the minutes, hours, or days after your crash, you can do a lot to protect your health and your rights to compensation. Those steps include:
- Get medical treatment—Never try to “tough out” an injury. Even if you don’t go to the hospital straight from the accident scene via ambulance, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor with hours of the crash at the most. Doing so treats your injuries, prevents them from getting worse, and establishes a record of what happened.
- Report the crash to your insurance provider—Regardless of whether you believe you caused the crash or not, you’re still required to report the crash to your insurance company. This is especially important if you have MedPay coverage, as this coverage will kick in whether you’re 100% at fault or 100% not at fault.
- Call a lawyer—Virginia’s statute of limitations on personal injury claims is two years from the date they occurred. But more importantly, the limitations on collecting evidence is the amount of time it exists—and that may be just a few days after the crash! The more evidence we can find, the better your chances of winning your case.