Steps to Take After a Car Accident Caused by Another DriverJanuary 17, 2019
Even the most responsible, experienced drivers can be involved in a serious car accident if other motorists fail to follow the rules of the road. When this happens, the stress of the accident can cause a great deal of shock and confusion, making it difficult to know exactly what to do next. There are important steps to take after any car accident, but if the accident was clearly caused by the other driver, there are specific things you should do to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve. A skilled car accident lawyer can guide you through this process and recommend the best legal course of action.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over three million people were injured in car accidents in the United States in 2016. Many of these could have been prevented if more motorists made safety a priority every time they got behind the wheel. When motorists make poor decisions, like driving while intoxicated or distracted, it can have a serious impact on other drivers in the vicinity. From minor fender benders to serious, even fatal accidents, it is important to know exactly what to do if you are involved in a car accident that was caused by another driver.
- Check on other occupants in your vehicle. If you can move safely, check to see if anyone in your vehicle has been injured. If you or any other passengers have been injured, remain calm and call 911. Even if the injuries are minor, it is important to seek medical attention to rule out any underlying injuries or internal bleeding.
- Document the details of the accident. Take detailed notes about the accident, including the license plate number of the other vehicle, the other driver’s contact information, the events leading up to the accident, and the other driver’s insurance information. Take photos of the scene, as well as the damage to the vehicle and any injuries involved. This information will be useful when you file a claim.
- Call the police. The police officer will fill out an accident report, which you can obtain for your insurance company. If you suffered serious injuries, you may decide to sue the other driver for damages. The police report can provide valuable evidence if you decide to proceed with a lawsuit.
- Contact your insurance company. It is important that you contact your insurance agent as soon as possible to initiate the claims process. The sooner you call your insurance company, the more likely it is that you will be able to remember important details about the accident.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect the Rights of Car Accident Victims
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will take every step necessary to ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. We will not stop fighting for you until you are fully satisfied. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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