You will naturally go through a lot of emotions when another driver hits your car. You will likely feel even more upset when you discover the other driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Maryland has strict laws for drunk drivers, even if they are first offenders, so you should not hesitate to contact the police.

As much as the other driver may plead, you always want to contact the police to get an official report of the auto accident on record. Additionally, you may have sustained injuries from the collision, and a police report will help with your insurance claim. Here are the other steps to take following this incident:

Acquire information

As you wait for the police to arrive, you should calmly speak with the other driver. You need to obtain his or her insurance information and driver’s license number. You should also get his or her contact information. If the driver is a repeat offender, then he or she may have a suspended license, which can complicate matters. All you need to do in this instance is keep the person at the scene.

Cooperate with the responding officer

The other driver may be incapable of speaking clearly to the officer. You need to talk to the officer and provide as many facts as you can. Once you tell your side of the story, ask to review the officer’s report to make sure all the details are accurate.

Seek medical treatment

Once you talk to the police, you should go to a doctor right away. An ambulance will most likely arrive at the scene along with the police, and you should have paramedics take you to a hospital. You may not feel any discomfort, but that is common after a traumatic event; you want to understand the full extent of your injuries. After that, you will want to contact an attorney to review your options going forward.