Virginia Beach is a busy and vibrant east coast city that attracts traffic from Hampton Roads, Chesapeake and all over the state of Virginia. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, there are a high number of serious crashes and fatalities in the city.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, approximately 900 people are killed every year on Virginia’s highways and over 70,000 are injured. Nearly 300 of those killed are typically involved in alcohol-related crashes. A substantial number of these occur in the City of Virginia Beach.
There are multiple reasons for the high number of auto accidents in Virginia Beach. There are approximately 5.5 million licensed drivers in the Commonwealth. Many of them find their way to Virginia Beach to live and do business. Of course, there is also a substantial population of tourists, which poses its own challenges.
If you are involved in a Virginia Beach auto accident, there are a number of steps that you should take:
- Assure that flashers have been activated and triangles or flares have been put out to minimize the risk of a secondary crash.
- Do not exit the vehicle if there is any concern about aggravating your own injuries or if there are hazards outside of the vehicle, such as spilled gasoline, downed electric wires, etc.
- Assess all drivers and passengers for possible injuries.
- Virginia Beach Police may be reached by calling 911 or 757-385-5000 (for less serious collisions). Once the scene is secure, fully cooperate with law enforcement, but avoid making statements to other drivers or witnesses.
- Fully report the nature and extent of injuries to first responders without exaggerating or minimizing symptoms.
- If there is any doubt whatsoever about whether there may be injuries, seek medical assistance.
- Afterwards, avoid giving recorded statements or signing documents until you are sure that they are appropriate.
Contact the Jeff Brooke Team, a Virginia Beach car accident law firm, at 757-552-6055 if you need legal representation for injuries you’ve sustained in a car accident.