Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents can happen to anyone at any time. They can be minor, causing only some property damage, or they can be serious and life threatening. Victims of vehicle accidents can face disabling injuries, have extensive doctors’ visits and hospital stays, undergo surgeries and rehabilitation therapy, and suffer lost income, lost pension benefits, physical pain, mental suffering, and the very real prospect of permanent disabilities.
When facing these serious issues, you should have an experienced personal injury firm representing you. Insurance companies do not automatically pay you for your losses. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Insurance companies have a team of lawyers on their side, who will fight to limit your claims. You too should have a team of lawyers on your side to fight for you.
If you have been in a Maryland car, truck or motorcycle accident, there are some important steps to take. The minutes following a car accident can be the most stressful you will encounter. During this time, it is easy to forget what steps you should take to protect yourself. If you have been involved in a car accident in Maryland, here is what you need to do:
Call 911 immediately. Report the crash to the police and get medical assistance for yourself and others.
Exchange contact information. Be sure to get the other driver’s license and plate numbers, as well as the name of their auto insurance company and policy number. Make sure you write this information down yourself; do not just take the other driver’s word for it.
Identify witnesses. Obtain the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses to the crash.
Obtain a copy of the police report. Be sure to ask the police officers that arrive on the scene how to obtain a copy of the police report, including requesting a report number.
Take photographs. If your cellphone can take pictures, take pictures of the damage to all cars involved. You can also take a picture of the driver’s license, plate number and insurance card.
Do not provide any statements. Although you need to notify your own insurance company about the accident, do not provide a written or recorded statement about the incident to any insurance company representative until you have spoken with your attorney.
Write down your own immediate recollection details of the accident. The more details you can provide your attorney, the better potential you will have for a monetary recovery. The easiest way to do this is by writing down details of what occurred, shortly after the accident.
Note: Always remember, an insurance company’s primary interest is in their “bottom-line,” not necessarily your well-being. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, time is of the essence. This is true even when dealing with your own insurance company to receive compensation through your Personal Injury Protection (PIP), or “no fault” insurance coverage etc. There are strict deadlines that must be met, or you may forever be barred from pursuing your case.
At Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC, we understand what it takes for you to recover from your serious injuries. In order to receive a recovery for your injuries, you need to prove that you suffered a serious injury as a result of the negligence of someone else. While it may sound simple, but there are complicated legal factors that determine what a serious injury is and what you need to do to prove that you are seriously injured. Moreover, Maryland’s defense of contributory negligence adds to the difficulty. However, our legal team at Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC knows what it takes to navigate through these hurdles.
The attorneys at Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC have provided aggressive – yet compassionate – legal guidance for many personal injury clients. Our attorneys are well prepared to handle all your legal needs. Time is of the essence for preserving valuable evidence and maximizing your chances of recovery. Contact us today for your free consultation via our online contact form.