When you’re involved in a car accident, you’re likely going to experience a number of feelings and thoughts. However, after assessing the damage and seemingly feeling fine, you wonder if it’s necessary to call the police for what you deem a minor collision. Regardless of the damage, the following blog explores why it’s in your best interest to call emergency services following an accident. Read on to learn more and discover how a Baltimore County auto accident attorney can help you navigate getting justice for any injuries you may have sustained.
Do I Have to Call the Police Following an Accident?
In Maryland, you do not always have to call the police following a collision. However, in instances where someone suffers a personal injury, is killed, or there is significant damage to one or more vehicles involved, it is state law that you must call the police.
Why Is It Important to Have Law Enforcement at the Scene?
If no one was injured or hurt, you may think it’s unnecessary to request the police following an accident. However, it’s still in your best interest to contact emergency services for a number of reasons.
Unfortunately, though you may feel fine immediately following an accident, you may still have sustained injuries. Some injuries do not present immediately, or you may feel okay due to the adrenaline that your body is producing. As such, calling the police allows medical technicians to evaluate you further to determine if you sustained injuries and, if so, the extent of them.
Calling the police also ensures law enforcement can conduct an investigation into the accident safely and efficiently. Without the police there to redirect traffic, you may be unable to take the necessary pictures or talk to witnesses without risking further injury from passing motorists.
What Should I Do if I Want to Pursue Compensation?
If you want to pursue compensation for any injuries sustained due to the accident, it’s vital to contact the police so they can file a report. You’ll need to obtain a copy of this report as it can provide beneficial evidence in a lawsuit.
You’ll also need to obtain copies of medical records following the accident that discuss the diagnosis of the injury, treatment plans, medical expenses, and any rehabilitation measures you are engaged in. This can help ensure you receive proper compensation for any economic damages you’ve incurred following the accident.
Finally, you’ll want to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to help you receive compensation for the injuries you may have sustained due to the negligence of another driver. At the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi, we understand that car crashes can have a devastating impact on you and your family. As such, we will fight to help you receive justice. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.