What to Do After a Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident is scary. The immediate aftermath can be confusing and stressful. Knowing what to do and taking the right steps are extremely important when it comes to ensuring that your interests are fully protected.

At the Scene

Anytime you are in a motor vehicle accident, you should call 911. This will ensure that a police officer comes to the scene and documents what happened. If anyone is injured, an ambulance should also be called to scene. Even if you do not think you have been injured, you should receive a medical examination as soon as possible.

Once those immediate steps have been taken, you should collect as much information as possible, including exchanging license and insurance information with any other drivers involved in the crash. Taking photos of the scene and the resulting damage is a great way to gather evidence of what happened. It may also be useful to write down your account of the events as soon as practicable, since details may fade over time. Be sure to include the date, time of day and road conditions.

Why Seeking Medical Attention Is Important

Car accidents can result in serious injuries. Examples include:

• Broken bones

• Spinal injuries

• Brain trauma

• Whiplash and other neck damage

It is important to keep in mind that not all injuries will show symptoms right away. You may experience pain, stiffness and swelling days later. By seeing a doctor immediately, you will make sure that your injuries are attributable to the accident. This will also serve to document those injuries for insurance or legal purposes.

How We Can Help

Drivers have insurance to help them cover the costs of physical injuries and vehicle damage. However, insurance companies are in the business of saving money and may not have your best interests in mind. Legal representation is vital to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. At Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, our attorneys have over three decades of experience advocating for injured parties and their loved ones.

Helping Accident Victims Recover

Our office is conveniently located in Fairfax. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our lawyers, contact us online or by calling us at 703-648-8279.