The First Things to Do After an Auto Accident
Category : Auto Accidents
If you are involved in an automobile accident in Maryland, you should immediately stop your vehicle as close to the accident scene as possible. This is the law in Maryland – Maryland Transportation Article 20-102. If anyone has been injured, you should give medical assistance, which usually means calling 911. This is also the law – Maryland Transportation Article 20-104.
The next step is to take a deep breath, make sure that no one is in danger from other traffic and then take out your camera – a cellphone will do – and take as many photos as possible. Do your best to photograph all of the following:
- The driver’s license of the other driver.
- The insurance certificate of the other driver.
- The tags of all the cars involved in the accident.
- The position of the cars involved in the accident.
- The damage to each car.
A few simple photographs can make a world of difference to your claim. It is amazing how unreliable memory can be, especially when you are disoriented after a car accident. Insurance companies love to complicate the facts, confuse the issues and look for easy ways out of a claim, but a clear photograph showing the location of the cars and illustrating how the other car struck yours is hard to contest. A picture really is worth a thousand words.
Next, if there were any witnesses to the accident, ask them for their contact information. It is surprising how often such information is missing from police reports.
Finally, call a lawyer with experience handling automobile accident claims. Do not call the other driver’s insurance company. That is your lawyer’s job and your lawyer knows best how to deal with insurance companies.
If you need immediate assistance, contact the Law Offices of Malcolm P. Herman.