Whether you are on your way to work, school, or to your kid’s soccer game, you are at risk of getting into a car accident. With an increasing number of cars on the road each year, auto accidents are more common than you may think. These could be minor fender benders with minimal injury, or could be catastrophic collisions with devastating injuries, or even death.
When you are involved in a car accident, it is important to know your rights. Most insurance companies will make every attempt to deny or minimize the value of your case. Having effective representation is critical to the success of your claim. The experienced Baltimore, Maryland, car accident attorneys of the Law Offices of Mitchel M. Gordon are equipped to navigate the challenging waters of an auto accident case to ensure that you receive a fair and just settlement or verdict.
Here is a list of some things you should do immediately following a car accident.
Anytime you are in a car accident that was not your fault, call the police. A police officer may generate a report stating the facts of how the accident occurred, and will also provide the necessary insurance information of the other vehicle involved. Having a police report helps to prove that an accident did indeed occur, and also may provide you with favorable evidence in the event that the at-fault driver later changes his/her story as to how the accident occurred.
Take pictures of the accident scene immediately following a car accident. Take pictures from multiple angles of the position of the cars on the road, as well as any traffic lights, stop signs, etc. that govern the intersecting roads. It is also important to take pictures of the property damage to all vehicles involved.
It is imperative to exchange information with the other driver after getting into a car accident. This information includes the other driver's insurance company, policy number, and driver’s license and registration information. We recommend you take photos of his or her insurance card, registration card and driver’s license, so that you can be sure that the information being provided is accurate.
Shortly after getting into a car accident, you may receive a call from the insurance company of the other driver. The insurance adjusters are well-trained to make you feel as though they want to help. However, they are always looking to deny your claim if possible. They can use a recorded statement as evidence to support their denial of the claim. If the opposing insurance company asks you for a recorded statement, simply say NO.
If you are injured in a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Many times, people involved in car accidents will wait weeks, or sometimes months, to seek medical treatment. This is a common mistake. If you wait too long, the insurance company may deny that your injuries are a result of the car accident. You have different options for medical treatment following a car accident, including the Emergency Room at a hospital, an urgent care facility, or any doctor of your choosing.
After being involved in a car accident, it is simply easiest to call us immediately. We will let you know what you need to do. If involved in an accident outside of our business hours, call our office at (410) 385-5210. Leave a voicemail and you will receive a call back promptly.
Based in Baltimore, the auto accident attorneys of the Law Offices of Mitchel M. Gordon have served Maryland since 1992. We encourage you to read about why clients choose our firm and to contact our law firm for more information about our legal services.