Two Important Things Car Accident Victims Need to Do
In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, your heart is pounding and your mind is racing. You may know that you need to exchange contact information and insurance policy information with the other driver in the event of a crash, but you might not know what else to do.
Outside of exchanging information with the other driver and calling the local Maryland police to notify them of the crash, there are two important things to do before calling your insurance company to report the accident.
- First: You need to seek medical attention immediately after an accident. If you have noticeable injuries, it is critical to call 911 and ask for medical assistance to transport you to the hospital. If your injuries are more subtle, you need to drive yourself to the emergency room or schedule a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible to get a thorough evaluation by your doctor. While this might sound obvious, many people ignore their injuries—hoping they will go away—or they wait too long to see a doctor, which gives the insurance company reason to doubt the validity of such injuries.
- Second: You need to seek legal help as soon as possible, especially if you have suffered injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence on the road. The reason this is important is because insurance adjusters are trained to settle car accident claims for pennies on the dollar, and attorneys experienced in personal injury claims know how to negotiate with insurers to get the maximum compensation possible. Also, an attorney can give you critical advice such as how to give a recorded statement and why not to sign any paperwork the insurance company requests without first reviewing it with your lawyer.
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