More than 100 people are killed every day in car accidents across the US, while another 3 million suffer injuries in motor vehicle crashes. To put things into perspective locally, statistics from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) reveal that more than 49,000 people are hurt in more than 115,000 total traffic collisions that occur throughout the state. As you might expect, the post-accident chaos and confusion for these victims can be overwhelming.
If you were involved in such an incident, it is understandable that you have no idea what to do next. While you can trust a Maryland car accident attorney for assistance when it comes to the legal process, it is important to refer to this guide on what to do at the scene of a Baltimore county car crash.
Comply with Your Statutory Duties:
You are required to report any motor vehicle collision that causes injuries to one or more victims, so call 911 right away. Police will arrive and prepare an accident report, which may be useful as evidence in proving fault. Maryland law also requires you to exchange contact and insurance information with all drivers involved in the crash, so make sure you obtain these details. You will also need them for filing a claim with the responsible driver’s insurance company.
Do Not Discuss the Accident with Others:
Beyond getting essential details, you should avoid engaging in conversation with motorists and occupants of other vehicles. Do not talk about who you think violated a traffic law or suggest that you may have been partly to blame. Your words could come back to haunt you when dealing with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, which might use your statements to justify a denial of your claim or lowball offer to settle.
Your best tool for gathering important proof at the scene of a crash is your cell phone. Use the camera to take pictures and video of:
- The intersection or stretch of road;
- Any traffic signs or signals;
- Property damage to vehicles;
- Physical characteristics at the scene, such as skid marks or broken pavement; and,
- Any other details that you think may be relevant.
Seek Medical Treatment:
Head to the ER or an urgent care center immediately after a car collision, even if you do not think you are hurt badly. Your injuries could be worse than you think, and you want to get the recovery process started. Plus, waiting to get medical treatment could affect your rights, since delays make it appear that your injuries were minor.
Reach Out to a Baltimore County Car Crash Lawyer
One of the most important tips after a car accident is retaining experienced legal representation. You may be able to recover compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit. You will need assistance to maximize your monetary damages. For more information, please contact attorney Michael A. Freedman to set up a free consultation. We can advise you on your remedies after reviewing the details of your case.