What Should I Do After An Auto Accident?

By Peter DePaolis

Virginia Injury Lawyers That Handle Car Accident Cases After An Auto Accident

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What Should You Do If You Are Involved in an Automobile Accident?

If you are involved in an automobile collision, you should be aware of the following simple rules:

  • Call the police so that they can document the date, time, place of the collision as well as the identities of the drivers involved;
  • If you are injured, get medical attention as soon as possible. If your injuries are potentially serious, get to a hospital right away.
  • When you get medical treatment, make sure to tell the doctors as much as you can recall about the collision;
  • Always use your health insurance to cover your accident-related bills. Do not use your auto insurance coverage as your primary insurance if you have health insurance;
  • Notify your auto insurance company of the collision;
  • Do not give a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company;
  • Consult with an attorney who specializes in personal injury claims as soon as you can;
  • Give yourself time to heal from your injuries before you consider settlement;
  • Do not sign a medical authorization for any insurance company before consulting your attorney;
  • If you receive a subpoena to attend traffic court, be sure to comply with the subpoena and attend court as requested.
  • Do not settle your case without an attorney advising you, no matter what the insurance company tells you.

If you are involved in an automobile collision, feel free to give us a call so that we can advise you on how you can protect your rights.

I am Peter DePaolis partner at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis.

Peter DePaolis

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.