Few things in life are more startling than a sudden
car accident. As your body engages its fight-or-flight response and your adrenaline
flows, it can be difficult to control your emotions and focus on your
situation. What you say and do in the time following an accident can greatly
impact your liability and chances of filing a successful insurance claim.
Our firm has detailed five key steps to take after a car accident to ensure
you stay in control of your circumstances.
1. Stay at the scene: The worst thing you can do during this time is to flee the scene of the
accident. Leaving the scene of an accident, otherwise known as a “hit
and run,” is a serious criminal offense and can expose you to a
wide range of harsh penalties if convicted. Never drive away from an accident
until it is deemed appropriate to do so by a police officer.
2. Check for injuries: Examine everyone involved for injuries and call for aid as soon as possible
if anyone appears to be hurt. Do not move anyone who is injured, as this
can sometimes worsen an injury if done improperly. If nobody is hurt and
damage is minimal, move your vehicles to a safe location. If the damage
is extensive, however, it is important you call the police. The police
will be able to control the situation and create an incident report.
3. Exchange information: Calmly and respectfully exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance
information, license plate numbers, and driver’s license numbers
with the other involved drivers. Do not discuss the accident! Anything
you say can potentially be used against you to hold you liable for the
collision, especially seemingly innocent statements like “I’m
sorry” or “I didn’t see you.” It is best to stay silent.
4. Take photos of the damage: If you have a camera available, get detailed photographs of the damage.
This includes damage to all involved vehicles, damage to public property,
any injuries that may have occurred, tire tracks, and skid marks. These
photos will be important later on when recreating the accident to determine fault.
5. Contact an attorney: It is vital you contact an attorney as soon as possible to maximize your
chances of securing fair compensation for the resulting damages. A skilled
lawyer can negotiate with the involved insurance companies and handle
any disputes that should arise with your claim on your behalf.
Car Accident Lawyer in Salisbury, MD
If you have been injured in a car accident, the
Salisbury personal injury lawyers at William R. Hall, P.A. can advocate on your behalf and fight to recover
a fair settlement for your suffering. With nearly 20 years of proven legal
experience and a “Superb” Avvo Rating for professionalism
and client satisfaction, our firm can provide the results-driven advocacy
you need to protect your rights and help you get back on your feet as
quickly as possible.
Call (410) 205-1684 or
schedule a free consultation today to get started towards filing a claim.