What to Do After a Car Accident

Car Accident and Fatal Accident Questions


You need to take the right steps to protect yourself, both medically and financially, after a car accident. Failing to follow simple guidelines can make it difficult for you to get the medical care you need, or to get full and fair compensation for all your losses. This page identifies the basic safeguards you need to take after a motor vehicle crash. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you seek full and fair compensation for all your losses.

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The Steps You Need to Take After a Car Accident

The first thing you need to do after a car accident is determine whether you need immediate medical attention or can take yourself to the hospital or doctor. If your injuries are serious, do not try to move. Ask others at the scene to call an ambulance and direct traffic until police or emergency vehicles arrive.

If you can move under your own power, you need to take any action necessary to protect your safety and the safety of others. This may require that you move the vehicles off the roadway. Once you have done so, communicate with the other driver and agree upon who will call the police. You will want to get a police report. If there are witnesses to the accident, ask them to stay until police arrive so that they can give a statement. Get the name of the other driver, as well as a phone number, and ask for the name of the other driver’s insurance carrier.

Once the police have completed their work, either take yourself to an emergency room or clinic, or schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately. Advise medical professionals that you have been in a motor vehicle accident and ask them to conduct a full examination. If there are specific sources of pain or discomfort, make certain they are documented.

Your next step should be to contact an experienced Maryland car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Avoid contacting or talking to the other driver’s insurance company, and do not provide a recorded statement. Don’t ever sign an insurance document without consulting a lawyer. You could sacrifice important rights and jeopardize your full financial recovery.

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Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving bodily injuries in auto accidents, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

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