What to Do After an Accident
Oct. 10, 2022
Experiencing an injury can be frustrating and distressing. No one wants to feel physical pain or cope with the long-term effects of an injury. However, injuries can happen to anyone, which is why it is vital to know what to do after an accident to protect yourself and ensure that your legal claim has the best chance of success.
If you were injured in an accident, let an experienced personal injury attorney guide you through the aftermath. Our personal injury attorneys at Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC can provide the guidance you need after an accident to protect your rights and secure the compensation to which you are entitled. With an office in Rockville, Maryland, we serve accident victims and their families throughout Howard, Montgomery, Fredrick, and Prince George’s counties.
Prioritize Your Safety and Medical Care
Unfortunately, many people choose to skip or delay medical attention after an accident. Doing so can put your health in jeopardy and lead to the denial of your personal injury claim.
After an accident, it is crucial to go to an emergency room or receive proper medical care in a hospital. You need to get medical care even if you feel absolutely fine. Some injuries may not be apparent immediately after the accident, which is why getting checked out is so important.
While prioritizing medical care is important for your health and recovery, it is equally important for your personal injury claim. Any delay in seeking medical attention after an accident may give the insurance company an excuse to devalue or deny your claim.
Call the Police
If you are involved in an accident, you may want to consider calling the police. A police report will be a credible piece of evidence for your future personal injury claim because the report creates a record that the accident occurred. Some insurance companies refuse to provide coverage when the injured party fails to call the police.
Documenting your injuries and collecting evidence at the scene can play a critical role in the outcome of your personal injury claim. At the scene of the accident, exchange contact and insurance information with the other party and take photos or videos of the scene.
After the accident, collect records and documents of everything that relates to your injury or accident, including medical records. If you need assistance, reach out to a personal injury attorney to help you gather all available evidence and build a strong case.
The success of your personal injury claim may hinge on the testimony of witnesses. That is why it is critical to talk to witnesses and collect their contact information at the scene. Witnesses can confirm your version of events and establish the other party’s liability. If you fail to identify witnesses at the scene, it may be nearly impossible to find them later.
Reporting your accident to an insurance company is one of the steps you will have to take after the accident. Failure to do so could hurt your personal injury claim. When notifying the insurer, do not admit your fault or volunteer too much information. Stick to the facts and be brief.
The things you say to an insurance company can affect the outcome of your claim, which is why you may want to speak with an attorney before you provide any statements to your insurer. An attorney will communicate with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure that no mistakes are made.
Be Careful Who You Talk To
After an accident, it is a good idea to exercise extreme caution when talking about your accident or injury with anyone other than your attorney. Choose your words wisely when discussing your case with other people, including your friends and co-workers.
Furthermore, it is best to avoid posting about your accident or injury on social media. Keep the details of your accident between you and your attorney. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to investigate social media accounts when processing personal injury claims. The things you post on your social media could have a negative impact on your ability to seek fair compensation.
Hire an Attorney
Navigating the legal processes in the aftermath of an accident can be challenging, especially when you need to devote your time and energy to recovery. For this reason, you may want to consider retaining a skilled attorney who can advocate for your rights and help you secure the compensation you deserve.
After an accident, you have limited time in which you may bring your personal injury claim. The time limit for personal injury lawsuits in Maryland is three years from the date of the injury.
Contact Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC for
If you are not sure what to do after an accident, talk to our personal injury attorneys at Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC. We can provide answers to your questions and help you get the guidance you need. With an office in Rockville, Maryland, we offer trusted and personalized legal services to clients throughout the state. Schedule a consultation today to discuss how we can help.