Car accidents are all too common, and by nature they catch us off guard. Emotions often run high: if you’re involved in an accident, you might feel angry at yourself or at other parties involved. At the very least, it’s a stressful experience.So in case of your involvement in an accident, it’s crucial to know what to do and what to avoid doing so you and others stay as safe as possible and you get the compensation and treatment you deserve.
Here are five things you should do when you’re involved in a car accident.
1. Move to a safe place. It’s important to remove yourself from harm’s way as soon as possible. Pull off the road or move to the side if you can, and use your emergency flashers, road flares, or signs to warn other drivers of the situation. If someone has been seriously injured, do not move them. Call 911. As a citizen of Maryland, it’s your responsibility to see if everyone involved is all right, and to help any injured parties if you can.
2. Give all the right information and call your insurance company. Exchange car insurance information, license number, and license plate number with everyone involved. If a police officer is on the scene, provide all this same information.
3. Do not admit fault or deny injury. This is something you should really keep in mind if you’re upset. In the moment, your natural impulse might be to take the blame, even if you’re not sure exactly what happened. Don’t do it. Instead, focus on gathering information — make sure to get the contact information of everyone involved — and tell your story later to an accident attorney.
4. Quickly record everything you remember about the accident. It’s a good idea to do this right away, while the memory is still fresh. Write down details you’re certain about: perhaps the color of the traffic light, signs in the area, how and where the cars collided. Take pictures of the accident scene, but don’t put yourself in harm’s way in doing so.
5. File a report to the Motor Vehicle Administration. If there have been any injuries in the accident, you must file a report to the MVA, even if the accident wasn’t your fault. If the only damage is property damage, there’s no need to do this.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC for your free case evaluation. We will listen to you, review your case, and get you the compensation you deserve.