Bewilderment and horror are some common emotions you will likely feel after being involved in a car accident, as well as pain from the injuries you suffer. Of course, your attention will first turn to seeking medical treatment of your injuries. However, once you’re on the way to recovery, there are a few things you need to do to protect your interests. It’s likely that you will be entitled to compensation for your losses, but the strength of your case depends upon what you do in the days and weeks after the incident. A Baltimore County, MD car accident attorney can best represent you if you take certain actions to support your claims.
Write it all down. As soon as you’re able, you should jot down notes on your recollection of the road conditions and circumstances leading up to the accident. Your compensation may depend on the specific detail, so include:
- The time of day and weather conditions;
- The other passengers in the car and any witnesses;
- Your position upon the roadway and any traffic maneuvers you were making;
- Your complete recollection of what transpired throughout the collision course; and,
- Any other facts that might support your case.
Avoid settlement discussions with the responsible party’s insurer. The other driver’s insurer may attempt to contact you and make an offer to settle your case, but it’s important to keep in mind that these agents don’t have your best interests in mind. Insurance companies are businesses, so they need to minimize costs to make money. Insurers will contact you and try to convince you that settlement out of court is your best option, but the amount they offer will likely not be enough to cover your losses.
Time is of the essence. It’s a top priority to properly recover from your injuries after a car accident, but it’s also important to act quickly to protect your interests under Baltimore County law. In Maryland, you must file a lawsuit within three years after the incident in order to make a claim for compensation. The law, termed a “statute of limitations, prohibits you from pursuing litigation after the statutory time limit has passed.
In addition, timing is critical to preserve evidence. You have better evidentiary support for your case if you talk to witnesses as soon as possible, when recollections are fresh in their minds.
Hire a car accident attorney to represent your interests. Unless you have a legal background, you’re at a disadvantage if you try to represent yourself in a personal injury case. Lawyers with a background in car accident cases know the law, and have extensive experience in representing clients in settlement discussions and in court. Like your physician, your attorney has your best interests in mind.
A qualified personal injury lawyer will represent your interests in settlement negotiations with the responsible party’s insurance company, or in court if you are unable to reach an agreement. If you were injured in a car accident in Baltimore County, please contact attorney Michael A. Freedman to discuss the specifics of your case.
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