At the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we understand that auto accidents can be very traumatizing and can leave confused with no idea where to turn. Recently our attorneys recorded a video referencing our 2013 book The Best Book About Virginia Car Accidents & Injuries and one of the most helpful chapters is what to do immediately after a motor vehicle accident.
My colleague Jim Hurley provides some post-accident tips in this video.
One of the first, most important guidelines that we provide in the video, and the book, is to immediately stop your vehicle so that you can take care of the necessary items and remain at the scene. Then notify the police, but use extreme caution when explaining the accident and never express opinions that could ultimately hurt you in regards to how the accident happened.
Another tip is to keep a journal about the accident, because as time goes by, details might be forgotten or not remembered correctly. If you are injured, or someone with you is injured, seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
In our informational book we explain that it is very important to realize that although you may not feel or see any initial injuries, make sure you still visit a doctor and report to the police that you think you may have injuries and you will seek your own medical attention. In a lot of cases, injuries aren’t noticed or experienced until a few days after the accident. If the police ask you at the scene if you are hurt or require medical attention and you decline or say that “your fine”, the insurance company will use that statement from the police to deny any injury claims.
Another important tip is to not release a statement and take extreme caution if the other person’s insurance company contacts you after the accident. They may be trying to get you to give a recorded statement and a low settlement and you shouldn’t be talking to them until you come in contact with us as your injury lawyer.
And finally, the most helpful tip is to prepare for the inconvenience, problems and headaches that will result when you are involved in a motor vehicle accident. These tips, and more, can be found through this video, our book, or by requesting our “Top Twenty Tips” for accidents reference guide that is convenient enough to fit in your glove compartment by contacting the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers.
If you, or anyone you know, have been injured in an auto, trucking, or railroad accident contact the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or visit CooperHurley.com. And remember this video, and tips on what to do immediately after your accident.