The aftermath of an auto crash can be chaotic and confusing, especially when you are also feeling some pain and expect that you might be injured. This scenario is a common one considering the frequency of traffic accidents in Maryland. According to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MD DOT), there is an average of 115,555 total collisions across the state every year. These incidents tend to happen often in urban areas due to heavy traffic congestion. Approximately 42,170 car accidents occur in the Baltimore area, representing 36.4 percent of the state total.
Because the circumstances of an auto collision can be so overwhelming, it can be difficult to know what to do and when. While you are at the scene, there are some important tasks that will support your legal rights. Once you are home and your medical condition is stable, consulting with an Owings Mills, MD, car accident attorney is essential. Some additional To Do’s at the scene include:
Once you safely pull over, call 911 to get first responders on the way. You and your passengers might be injured, and the occupants of the other vehicle may need assistance. Describe the basics of the crash to the 911 operator so the proper crews are dispatched, such as removal teams and officers, to direct traffic.
Get Medical Treatment
When talking to the 911 operator, provide as much information as you can about your injuries. Officials will send EMTs for emergency care and transportation to the hospital. However, if you require same-day care for less serious injuries, head to an urgent care facility or your doctor’s office.
Exchange Contact Information
You should request the driver’s license and contact information, as well as insurance details, from all involved motorists. Be prepared to provide the same to others. You will need the specifics to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. However, do not share too much with other motorists. Never admit fault or state how you think the accident happened.
Grab Your Cell Phone
There is a wealth of information at the scene, and some of it could disappear within days. Use your cell phone camera to capture the following:
- Your injuries;
- Damage to vehicles;
- Evidence of an accident, such as damage to fixtures and skid marks on the road;
- Traffic and weather conditions; and,
- Signage, signals, lane markings, and other traffic controls.
Talk to Witnesses
Because proving fault is essential for success with a car accident claim, look around the scene to determine if there are any witnesses who observed the crash. You might be able to use their statements to support your case.
Contact a Baltimore County Car Accident Lawyer ASAP
When you are able, in light of your injuries, another important priority is retaining legal help for your claim. Attorney Michael A. Freedman can assist with the next steps, including filing an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer. Please contact us at 410.363.6848 or visit our website to set up a consultation at our offices in Owings Mills or Glen Burnie.