There’s a lot to think about following a Virginia car accident, and you may be tempted to put it all behind you by throwing everything out associated with the damages. This is often a huge mistake that accident victims make – the damaged items from your vehicle could be critical evidence in your injury claim!

Visual evidence of the damages you and your property sustained after an accident can improve your chances greatly at settling an injury claim. Aside from photographs, you should keep all property that was damaged in the car accident, including: 

  • the clothing you were wearing;
  • child safety equipment such as car seats;
  • damaged goods inside the vehicle; and
  • the vehicle itself. 

To keep your vehicle intact, even if it’s a total loss, make sure you know where the wreckage is towed and verify that it will be stored, not destroyed, until you can give the tow service further instructions. 

If your case requires an accident reconstructionist to help provide expert testimony on the factors of the crash, a Front Royal injury law firm can help put you in contact with the right experts. In many cases the physical pieces of evidence can speak volumes about who was at fault for a Virginia car accident and how severe the accident was.

Make sure you consult your attorney before throwing away or destroying any physical evidence of your accident. The information these damaged items can provide could be the difference between a fair settlement and a denial of your injury claim.

Get Virginia Car Accident Claim Help from a Front Royal Injury Law Firm

If you are the victim of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, whether in a car accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas is a Front Royal injury law firm whose attorneys serve the residents of the Northern Virginia area with their injury claims. Call 1-540-636-7100 to speak with an experienced lawyer today about protecting your Virginia car accident claim.

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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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