Williamsburg attracts visitors from around the world to experience what life was like 400 years ago, and some of the best theme parks on the East Coast. Unfortunately, when the area is busy with busloads of tourists, eager to see Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens, but unfamiliar with local roadways, it can be a recipe for disaster. This can lead to serious car crashes and life-changing injuries. If you have been hurt in a car accident, through no fault of your own, help is available from the team of experienced Williamsburg car accident lawyers at Rutter Mills.
We can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries so you can focus on healing.
What to do after a car accident
A person seriously injured in a car accident may not have the capability to do much in the immediate aftermath, but if possible, use your phone to take photos and videos of the scene. These should include:
- Vehicles involved
- The license plate of other vehicles
- Road conditions
- Any traffic signage
- Skid marks or other crash indicators
- Accident-related injuries
Get the other driver’s license number, insurance, and contact information. Also, get contact information for any witnesses or other occupants of the vehicle.
Seek medical attention at once, even if you do not think you were badly hurt. Failure to go to the emergency room or the doctor after an accident—could allow the insurance company to allege the injuries were not serious, or even that they resulted from another incident.
After receiving medical evaluation and treatment, follow the doctor’s orders. If the doctor says you cannot work, travel, exercise, or perform other activities for a certain period, do what the professional says even if you think you are up to some tasks. If you are scheduled to undergo weeks or months of physical therapy or take medications, you must do it. Again, the insurance company may state your injuries are not serious if you ignore medical advice.
What not to do after a car accident
Avoid posting information about the accident on social media. Any inadvertent comment can harm your claim. Insurance companies scour the social media accounts of car accident victims looking for a way to blame them. Remember that insurance companies want to pay out as little as possible for a claim. That is how they make money.
Do not agree to a settlement with an insurance adjuster until obtaining legal advice. What might sound like a reasonable offer can prove to be far too little to take care of a person’s needs while they are disabled or impaired. Our Williamsburg car accident lawyers will know the fair value of your claim, and will aggressively pursue that amount with the insurance company.
When to Call the Williamsburg Car Accident Lawyers at Rutter Mills
While Virginia allows up to two years to file a personal injury claim, we like to work with car accident victims from day one.
After a car accident, a number of priorities pop up. Your brain is bound to be jostled. By consulting a lawyer right away, you ensure your interests are being protected. We will deal with the insurance companies and even help you find medical providers while you recuperate and focus on healing.
Benefits a Williamsburg car accident lawyer can provide:
- Collect valuable evidence at the scene
- Gather vehicle and crash data from all vehicles
- Interview witnesses and take your statement while the memory is still fresh in your mind
- Obtain cell phone records for drivers
- Help you find the best medical providers to treat your injuries
- Talk to the insurance companies on your behalf
A good legal team can take your claim.
A great legal team will protect you from common mistakes that could jeopardize your claim.
A Rutter Mills team will get you maximum compensation for your injuries. And it all starts with a free consultation with our team.
If another driver’s careless or reckless behavior resulted in you suffering a serious injury in a car accident, you need the services of our experienced Williamsburg car accident lawyers. Call or text us 24/7 to arrange a free consultation. We will review your case and advise you of your options. Our lawyers work on a contingency basis, so there is no fee unless we win.
When you’ve been injured, you’ve got a lot at stake - but so does the insurance company. Walking into the court room with a serious lawyer makes all the difference. Watch our video to learn more about Rutter Mills. Your lawyer matters.
“Nothing makes you feel more vulnerable than being hurt or ill. And nobody likes to ask for help. But when you need it most, we’re at our best. We give our clients the confidence and support they need to know they’ll be taken care of – that they’ll get the best outcome possible, even in the face of a very bad situation.”
– Brother Rutter