The majority of car accidents are due to driver negligence. If you were injured in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may deserve compensation. This is because an accident can result in burdens such as lost wages, expensive hospital bills, pain and suffering, and more. However, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. Read on to learn more:
Steps to take after a car accident in Maryland:
In order to fulfill the burden of proof, it is important to take the following steps after a car accident:
- Call 911: If the accident is severe, it is important to call 911 right away. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, help ensure the road is safe, and more. If the accident is not serious, you should still call the local police to report the accident. They will file an accident report. If possible, obtain a copy of this report.
- Seek medical attention: Regardless of the severity of the accident, it is important to go to the doctor. This is because it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, this will provide you with important proof of the cause and extent of your injuries, which can play a major role in a personal injury case.
- Document the scene: Before you leave the scene of the accident, be sure to take pictures and videos of the damage down to all vehicles and/or property involved.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Contact an attorney: An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence. For example, if the other party caused the accident by texting while driving, your attorney may be able to obtain his or her phone records to prove that he was texting at the time of the accident.
- File your claim on time: It will not matter how much evidence you gather if you do not file your claim on time. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is typically three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will generally mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, our firm will fight for you. Reach out today to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney.
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