The moments following a car accident can be gut-wrenching, and it can be challenging to know everything you should do immediately after the accident. But, taking the proper actions in the moments immediately following an accident is often what separates those who receive a fair settlement offer from those who don’t. So, if you’ve just got into a car accident, what should you do?
- Make sure you, your passengers, and your car are in a safe location.
- Call 911 for medical and police assistance.
- If you are not severely injured, talk to the other driver and any witnesses. Take a picture of the driver’s license and insurance card. Alternatively, write down the information from the other driver’s license and insurance card. Also, get the driver’s phone number.
Talk to the other driver about what they were doing before the accident, about what may have caused the accident. The driver may stonewall you, or the driver may admit, for example, “I just didn’t see the red light.”
Talk to witnesses, and make sure to get their names and phone numbers. Take their pictures, assuming you have their consent to do so.
- Take plenty of pictures. Take pictures of everything relating to the accident. Take pictures from multiple angles.
Things you should take pictures of include, but are certainly not limited to,the following
- your car
- the other driver’s car (including the car’s interior)
- the other driver
- skid marks
- any glass, auto parts, or debris scattered throughout the scene
- nearby road signs and traffic lights
- surrounding businesses.
If you were unable to document the scene, ask a friend or family member to visit the scene immediately to take pictures.
- Make an accident report with the police officer. Make a clear statement of how the accident occurred. Be sure to get the officer’s first and last name, badge number, the organization he or she works for (for example, the Maryland state police), and the police report number.
- Get medical care for your injuries as they arise. Whether it’s at the scene, hours after the accident, or the next day, you need to promptly get medical treatment.
I recognize that you may have questions about legal options if you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an auto accident in Maryland. Well, if you have not yet started a lawsuit and are contemplating bringing one, I encourage you to contact me today. I can answer your legal questions and would love to talk with you. You can reach me at 410-513-9978 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.