Car accidents occur often and can have devastating consequences. One of the most common causes of car accidents is speeding. Read on to learn more about speeding accidents in Maryland and what to do in the event of an accident.
What makes speeding so dangerous?
When drivers speed, they run the risk of:
- Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
- Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment
- Decreased stopping distance after the driver perceives danger
- Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries
What do I do if a driver is speeding?
If you notice a driver is speeding, there are some actions to take in order to avoid a potential accident:
- If you are in the left lane and someone wants to pass, move over and let them by.
- Give speeding drivers plenty of space.
- Adjust your driving accordingly. If a speeding driver is tailgating you or trying to engage you in risky driving, use judgment to safely steer your vehicle out of the way.
- Call the police if you believe a driver is following you or harassing you.
What do I do if I am involved in a car accident?
If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance, interview witnesses, file an accident report, and more.
- Seek medical attention: It is important to seek medical treatment immediately after an accident. This will ensure that your injuries receive proper attention, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Document the scene: While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the damage to your vehicle, as well as any other vehicles and property involved.
- Contact an attorney: If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your claim on time. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
If you have been involved in a car accident, our firm is here to help. Reach out to our firm to discuss your case with an experienced attorney.
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