If you’re in a crash in Calvert County, or anywhere else in Maryland, it’s important to know what you should do to protect yourself and others. One of the key steps you should take, if possible, is to get the name and insurance information of anyone else involved in the MD traffic accident. However, it’s important to be aware of what information you’re handing out, as being too free with your personal information can leave you open to the risk of identity theft.
According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the only information you should need to give at the scene of an accident is your name, your insurer’s name, and your insurer’s telephone number. You should not need to share other information, such as your address or telephone number, and definitely do not exchange driver’s license numbers or Social Security numbers.
Despite the risk of identity theft associated with sharing this information, about 40 percent of drivers think it’s necessary to hand out their driver’s license number and complete contact information, according to a NAIC study. Nearly 20 percent of those surveyed would allow another driver to photograph their driver’s license as a quick way of trading name, address, and driver’s license number. Unfortunately, these steps are not only unnecessary, but they also put you at unnecessary risk.
If you’re injured in a Maryland car accident, a knowledgeable Calvert County car accident lawyer at Alpert Schreyer can help. Call us today at (844) 632-7274 for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case and your legal rights and options.