It is estimated that a car accident occurs every 10 seconds in the United States. According to the Department of Transportation, in 2007, there were approximately 255,000,000 vehicles traveling the more than 4 million miles of highways and roadways in the US. With those statistics, it is not hard to understand why there are so many car accidents every year.
For many people who are involved even in a moderate-impact accident, the experience is traumatic. It is even more so for those who are injured in serious car accidents that result in severe injuries. In fact, it is quite natural that in this traumatic state of mind, many victims make serious errors that impact their eligibility for compensation after the accident.
The Baltimore car accident lawyers at Glusing and Muher are dedicated to the legal representation of victims of auto accidents across the state of Maryland.
If you have been involved in an accident, you must:
- Get immediate medical care. If there is a need for diagnostic tests, get these done. Do not neglect neck or back pain- sometimes these are symptoms of more severe injuries, and must be checked out immediately.
- File an accident report. Document all the facts of the accident exactly as you remember them.
- If you are able to, take pictures of the accident scene using your cell phone camera. Include pictures of your damaged car, as well as the site of the accident.
- Try to take down the contact information of witnesses at the scene. It is also important that you take down the contact information of the other motorist involved in the accident.
There are also some things that you really must not do if you have been involved in an accident. Do not:
- Sign any legal paperwork or documentation that your insurance agent may provide, without consulting a lawyer.
- Do not provide a written statement to your insurer.
- If your insurer asks you to sign a release form, do not sign one.
- Do not begin assigning blame for the accident when you speak with your insurer.