Avoid These Mistakes After a Car AccidentMay 20, 2019
A car accident is a jarring event for those involved and can range from unpleasant to irrevocably life changing. When involved in an accident with another vehicle, the first concern is to obtain immediate medical care. However, there are other important steps that every driver should be aware of to protect their rights. Most drivers are aware of the basics, but it is also equally important to keep in mind what not to do when involved in a car accident.
Motor vehicle accidents occur daily on American roadways and can result in serious injuries requiring medical care and rehabilitation. Yet, proving which driver is at fault is not always straightforward despite how it may seem to the victim. There are common mistakes to avoid that can be critical to obtaining the care and compensation needed.
Do Not Forget to Contact the Police
The first mistake that drivers make is failing to contact the police. While some may believe that they can work things out informally with the other driver, keep in mind that without a police report, evidence will be lost, and a driver’s case is diminished. Injuries, especially back, neck, and head injuries, may not be immediately evident and a police report is important documentation for your claim. Similarly, a driver should not neglect to inform the insurance company of the accident and decide to just work it out with the other party.
Do Not Admit Fault
Another typical mistake is immediately admitting fault. Even if a driver believes they were at fault for the accident, such as failing to stop or running a red light, there can be other factors to determine fault. Never admit guilt or apologize to other drivers or bystanders. It is also essential to obtain the other driver’s insurance and contact information. You should also document the accident location and time, take necessary photos, obtain the contact information of bystanders, and document the weather and roadway conditions.
Do Not Assume There are No Injuries
It should go without saying that neglecting to receive a medical examination is another mistake. A driver may worry about the potentially high cost and fail to seek care. Because serious injuries can present themselves afterwards, not obtaining medical documentation is never recommended, even in simple fender-benders. When receiving medical care, be sure to keep records of costs and medical reports as well.
Seek the Counsel of a Car Accident Lawyer
It is also important not to take the insurance company’s word for it if they deny part or all of your claim. It is also wise to avoid taking any first offers of a financial settlement from the insurer, as they do not have the claimant’s best interests at heart. Finally, do not proceed without contacting a skilled car accident attorney. An attorney will represent your best interests, not the insurance company’s.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of All Types of Car Accidents
If you or someone you love was involved in a car accident, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries and obtain the justice you deserve. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529).
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.