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What should I do if I'm involved in a traffic accident?


The best thing you can do is prepare for a traffic accident before it even happens.

Traffic accident lawyers advise keeping an accident kit in your glove box to prepare yourself for a car accident including everything you need to document the incident: 

  • camera;
  • pen;
  • paper;
  • flashlight;
  • a card with any known allergies and medical conditions in case you suffer serious injuries and need medical care; and
  • the contact information for a traffic accident lawyer. You'll never know when you'll need it.

What to Do After an Accident

If you do have an accident, take the following steps.

  • Move vehicles to a safe location out of traffic’s way, if possible.
  • Call the local police department -- or 911 if there are any injuries.
  • Take pictures with your camera of your car and the other car. Photographic evidence of damage, plus your surroundings, can bolster a claim if necessary.
  •  Use your pen and paper to illustrate how the car accident occurred.
  • Write down your name, phone number and insurance company. Ask for the same information from the other driver(s).
  • Call your insurance company to report the incident.
  • If there is an injury, seek medical attention.
  • Contact a traffic accident lawyer for a case evaluation to determine if a lawsuit may result or if you're eligible to file a claim against the other driver.


Prepare Yourself for Legal Action

It’s wise to have a traffic accident attorney in mind in case you do end up in a traffic accident. For a traffic accident attorney who knows what it takes to win a car accident lawsuit, choose Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas. Keep the number 1-540-636-7100 in your car for a free case evaluation after an accident.



Carl N. Lauer
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Carl has focused on representing injured persons in Virginia.Workers' Compensation Claims.