Getting into a car accident on one of Maryland’s busy roads can be a traumatic experience. You may very well be in shock immediately after the accident, and injuries may not be immediately apparent.
The aftermath of a car accident is often devastating. Treating your injuries can result in high medical bills. You might be forced to take time off work and experience a high degree of pain and suffering.
If the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, a personal injury action could help you recover compensation for these costs.
Don’t say you’re sorry
Building a negligence case is challenging. However, there are many things you can do both immediately after your car accident happens and over the next few days that can help.
Even if you believe the car accident was your fault, do not say anything at the accident scene. Do not even apologize or say you are sorry, even if you only mean you are sorry that everyone is now in this unfortunate situation. This could be viewed as you taking the blame for the accident.
Check for injuries and move cars to a safe place
The safety of you and everyone around you should be your main priority right after the accident. Check everyone for injuries and do not move anyone who appears to be injured.
Move all vehicles to the side of the road, if possible, and put the emergency flashers on. Don’t leave anyone vulnerable inside the vehicles, such as children, elderly people or animals.
Call the police and have a police report filed, even if the accident seems minor. Get the names and badge numbers of all officers who respond to the scene and obtain a copy of the accident report.
Exchange basic information, but don’t say anything else
Speak with the other driver and get their name, driver’s license and insurance information. Provide your own information, as well, but don’t discuss potential injuries or any details of your insurance policy.
Don’t begin negotiating with the other driver about who will pay for what. Exchange basic information only.
See a doctor after the accident as soon as reasonably possible. Some injuries are not immediately visible or apparent. Have a thorough assessment done.
Take photos of all vehicles and the accident scene. Doing all of these things can help you if you decide to pursue a negligence claim.