It is not uncommon to feel confused and overwhelmed after an auto accident. It can be hard to keep your head on straight, not to mention make wise decisions that can protect your case and keep you from a false accusation of liability. You and other Maryland residents should understand what may either complicate your case or help it go more smoothly.
According to HowStuffWorks, doing the following immediately after an accident may hinder your personal injury case, rather than help it:
- Reacting in anger and losing your temper, rather than calmly speaking to authorities and the others involved
- Refusing to call law enforcement
- Leaving the scene of the accident, which can be considered a crime
- Apologizing, which may seem polite but could sound like an admission of guilt
- Speaking with the other driver’s attorney or insurance company
- Accepting the other insurer’s offer without talking to your insurance company or attorney first
Additionally, you will not want to forget to get contact and insurance information from the others involved in the accident, as well as witnesses. It can also help to take pictures of the accident site and damage to vehicles, which may prove helpful to authorities and investigators. You might refuse medical treatment immediately following the accident, but it would be wise to see your doctor within the week. You may feel fine after a mild collision, but your doctor can rule out injuries that are not immediately apparent.
The days and weeks following a crash are likely to leave you feeling stressed. Like many others in your situation, you just want to put the incident behind you. However, do not feel tempted to shortchange yourself by omitting important steps. When you follow the proper documentation and investigation steps, you stand a better chance of receiving satisfactory compensation, which can help you move on with your life in the long run.