First, those present should check for injuries. If someone is injured, someone must call 911 for help right away. If trained to do so, someone can administer first aid and remove the injured from harm’s way.
Severely injured persons should not be moved. Persons rendering emergency care or obstetrical services are exempt from liability, as noted in Virginia’s Good Samaritan law.
Those involved in a crash, including passengers, should exchange legal names, addresses, and contact information. Drivers should provide:
- Name and address
- Vehicle registration number
- Driver’s license number
- Insurance company and policy number
As soon as possible, those involved should write down what happened, document injuries and property damage with photographs, and later save all receipts and repair estimates.
If bicyclists have coverage, they should contact their insurance company.
Bicyclists and pedestrians should always carry identification and medical insurance information, especially when traveling alone.