What should I do after a car accident?

When you contact the police, a law enforcement officer should come to the scene of the collision, talk to the drivers involved and witnesses, review the evidence at the scene and write an accident report. Based on this information, the officer may also issue a citation. The information obtained by police may be used later as evidence for your car accident claim.

It is important to keep in mind, though, that the police do not decide civil liability for car crashes in Virginia. That is up to the courts. Even if you were charged with a traffic infraction, you may still be entitled to compensation.

If your injuries do not prevent it, you should also collect your own evidence at the scene of the collision. In addition to exchanging contact information with the drivers involved in the crash, you should get the names and contacts of witnesses. Pictures of the accident scene may also be helpful.

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