What should I do after being involved in a rear-end auto accident?

One of the most common accidents on our roadways today is the rear-end accident. In the United States there are over 2.5 million rear-end car collisions every year. Because they are so common, it is not unlikely that any given driver will eventually be involved in one.

Although rear-end accidents are common, many victims do not know what steps to take after an accident occurs. It is important that a driver knows what to do following a Norfolk rear-end auto accident.

Four things a driver should do after a Virginia rear-end accident are:

  • Call 911. If there are any injuries involved in the crash, 911 should be called immediately. The most important thing to do after an accident is to ensure the safety of all of those involved.
  • Gather information. It is important to get all pertinent information from all parties involved. The information gathered should include driver names, driver license info, insurance companies, policy numbers, license plate numbers and types of vehicles involved in the accident.
  • Take photographs. It is a good idea to always keep a camera in the glove box. If one is not available after the accident, most cell phones have adequate cameras. Photos will help insurance adjusters and attorneys determine how the accident occurred.
  • Report the accident. After every one is safe and off the road the proper paperwork needs to be filled out and reported. Insurance companies, police, and attorneys should all be notified of the accident.


If you have been involved in a rear-end collision, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Fill out the contact form on this page to learn how we can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.