Essential Steps to Take After a Car Accident in West Virginia

You may wonder what to do if you’ve been in a car accident in West Virginia.

  1. Seek medical attention immediately if you’ve been injured. Your health is the most important thing in the world; without it, everything else in your life suffers. So rule number one is to ensure you get treatment immediately if you’ve been injured in a car accident.
  2. Make sure that you, someone close to you, or someone you know reports the accident. It is crucial that law enforcement officials are notified and conduct an investigation. During this investigation, the law enforcement officer will determine the party at fault.
  3. Obtain the names of any individuals who witnessed the accident. You may require their testimony later on regarding how the incident occurred. If it was not your fault and the other party involved denies responsibility, you might need to reach out to these witnesses to assist your case.
  4. Take photographs. You probably want to photograph the damage to your car, if there were any, and photographs of any injuries to your body. Sometimes that may only be dark, black, and blue, bruising from head to toe.

Sometimes, this may result in gashes or scarring on the face, head, or other body parts. Additionally, taking photographs may involve capturing images of the accident scene itself.

In certain car accident cases, the line of sight becomes an important factor. If you fail to take photographs immediately or shortly after the accident, it may become difficult to accurately portray the condition of the accident scene later on, if needed.

Hence, if possible, or if someone close to you can assist, it is crucial to take photographs of the accident scene promptly after its occurrence.

Author Bio

Tim Miley is the Founder of Miley Legal Accident Injury Lawyers, a West Virginia personal injury law firm he formed in 2006. With more than 30 years of experience in personal injury law, he is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of personal injury cases, including car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, brain injuries, wrongful death, and other personal injury matters.

Tim received his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University and is a member of the West Virginia State Bar and the Harrison County Bar Association. He has helped his clients win more than $10 million in personal injury verdicts and settlements and has further served the people of West Virginia by filling legislative roles in the state’s government since 2004.

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