The aftermath of a car accident is often a very chaotic and stressful situation. Even small accidents that do not cause series injuries can be frightening. During this time, it is very important for those involved in the accident to stay calm and steady. This is because certain steps should be taken after an accident. This ensures the best outcome and helps a victim of an accident to have better odds at a successful future claim.
After an accident, it is beneficial for an individual to follow the steps below:
Call the Police
Contacting law enforcement is always beneficial after a car accident, even if the other party involved tells you not to. When the police arrive at the accident, they can direct other traffic around the accident to ensure the safety of others. They can also draft an official police report, take statements from witnesses, and conduct chemical tests. These can all be helpful in processing a claim with your insurance company should you wish to do so.
Do Not Apologize
It is often a knee-jerk reaction to apologize for being involved in an accident. However, it is important to try and avoid doing so. This is because it can sometimes be seen as an admission of fault for the accident. By not apologizing, you can avoid discussing liability with the other party. Instead, it is important to be polite and call the necessary emergency services.
Photo or Video of the Wreck
If the scene is safe to allow it, it is important to take pictures and even videos of the accident. This can capture any broken glass, deployed airbags, skid marks, and bloodstains that occurred because of the incident. It can also be beneficial to record the weather and road conditions. This can help for a future claim or a potential lawsuit.
Record Important Details
It should not be assumed that a police officer will document all the necessary information from the accident. This is why it is important to record all details that can help you to file a claim. This information can also include the names of witnesses, their phone numbers, and the registration information of any vehicle involved in the accident.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
The most important thing to do after an accident is to seek immediate medical attention. Even if you feel fine after the collision, it is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it. Sometimes, you may even experience later symptoms. Emergency responders are sometimes available on the scene of the accident to help and conduct examinations. Even if you receive treatment on the scene, you should still see a doctor for an official diagnosis. This doctor will document your injuries, including where and what time they happened. This information can be beneficial in filing a future claim.
Contact our Firm
The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented clients who have been injured throughout the state of Maryland due to the negligence of another party for nearly 30 years. If you require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.