What to Do if in an Automobile Accident in Maryland
Laurel, Maryland is home to more than 25,000 residents, and spreads across Howard, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties. With so many people hitting the road on their way to work or home, it is no surprise that automobile accidents or motor vehicle collisions can become a reality for the residents of these counties.
If you find yourself the victim of an automobile accident or car crash, it is important to know what to do. At the scene of the accident, you want to first make sure that you are safe. Once you establish that you are safe, if you are injured you will want to contact an ambulance.
The next thing you will want to do is identify the other person or persons involved in the motor vehicle crash. You can take a photo of the license plate of the other car or cars and then call the police to report an accident or collision. If you feel threatened or intimidated by the other person don’t get out of your car, simply wait for the police to get there.
Once it is safe to do so try and take photographs of the position of the vehicles involved, any damage to the vehicles involved and any other distinguishing factors of the scene, such as traffic lights, traffic signs, street signs, etc.
If you are feeling any pain to any part of your body you should go see a doctor so they can diagnose your current injuries and allow them to potentially prevent and/or monitor any future problems before they become too big to handle. One of the other benefits of not delaying in going to the doctor is that they will be able to more easily establish the cause of your injuries. This will become important if you are seeking compensation for your injuries due to the negligence of someone else.
One of the most problematic things that can occur following a car accident or car crash is getting your car fixed. Most of us rely on our cars to transport ourselves and our families to school, work or the store every day. If the option is available, the quickest and most painless route would be to go through your own insurance to get your vehicle fixed. While in the short term, you will pay a deductible, if you are not responsible, that deductible will be returned to you through the subrogstion process between your insurance company and the insurance company for the other vehicle involved in the car crash. Another benefit of using your own insurance, is that if an estimate is generated, then the actual cost of the repairs should be fairly close to the estimate so you most likely won’t be caught having to cover the difference. It is important to get your car fixed as soon as you can because the insurance companies consider the size of the impact and the extent of the damage caused to each vehicle in valuing personal injury cases. A copy of the estimate or repair invoice will help your attorney gauge the value of your personal injury case.
The most important thing you will have to take care of if you retain an attorney would be to follow up with your medical treatment, keep your appointments, and be honest with the doctor in terms of your past and present injuries.
If you believe that you’ve been injured by someone else’s fault or negligence you should call the attorneys at Azari Law, LLC to pursue a claim on your behalf to get the maximum compensation that you deserve. 301.362.3300.