There are many ways to make a Virginia car wreck even worse than it is. As outlined in a recent article, you can make mistakes — like admitting to liability or signing a waiver in exchange for a check — that could ruin your case at a later stage. Yet you can also fail to take a number of crucial steps at the scene of a serious Virginia car accident, and you could be putting lives in danger.
In both cases, it is difficult to blame anyone for making errors. Your Virginia car accident attorney may know what to do and give advice from behind his desk. For people who have just been through the frightening experience of a collision, knowing what to do and keeping a cool head is far from obvious. This is why you should be prepared to:


  • Evaluate the scene: Even if you just emerged from the crash or just arrived on the scene, you will have to take a deep breath and look around you. Is there any danger that oncoming traffic might inflict further damage? If so, rush to signal the hazard with a warning triangle, flashers, or flares. Direct traffic if necessary and bring any unhurt people to the side of the road, out of harm’s way.
  • Look for injuries: If people are injured, call 911, and describe the number of people and type of injuries. Describe the location precisely and the damage to the vehicles, which will allow the emergency crews to come over rapidly and with the adequate tools and team.
  • Wait for the experts: You may help those who are lightly injured, but you should not try to move anyone who has suffered serious back, neck, or head injuries. Keep them warm with clothing or blankets, and offer water if asked. Be attentive to those who say they are feeling okay but who suffered a commotion. They should rest and seek medical help. When police have arrived at the scene, give them the facts, and ask the officer’s name and phone number in order to get a copy of their report. Do not make any statement as to what may have caused the accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Virginia car, truck, or motorcycle accident, please contact our Warrenton or Culpeper attorneys today for a free discussion of your accident case. You will have a clear view if - and how - our lawyers can help in protecting your rights.


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Working with Andrew and his team has been--without exception--one of the most pleasant, productive, and professional experiences of my adult life. I was seriously injured in an accident in July, 2018, in Virginia. I was driving a company vehicle that was registered in Maryland, for a company that was based in Wisconsin. And I live in New Jersey, where my personal vehicles are insured. The several jurisdictions involved presented a very unique case that demanded an experienced and nuanced strategy. I found Andrew Thomas (of Dulaney, Lauer, & Thomas) through some online research. And it is noteworthy that Andrew has worked the other side of the aisle--he used to work with insurance companies. Andrew took on my case with the assurance that he would work it with no less energy than he does each of his cases. At each turn, and with each question I had, Andrew and Paralegal Misty kept me informed, returned my calls, provided detailed explanations, and kept me feeling like I was in the loop and there was an eventual end to our journey. Nearly five years after the accident, we settled out of court for a significant sum in recognition of my personal injuries. The settlement was much more than I had expected. And without Andrew & Misty, I am sure the award would have been much less. If you are looking for professionalism, knowledge, dedication, answerability, responsiveness, integrity, and human-level communication from a personal injury attorney--look no further. You have found him. Thank you, Andrew and Misty. Gary Daley
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