Automobile accidents are not an uncommon occurrence in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they are one of the top causes of death.
Furthermore, statistics show that there are approximately six million vehicular wrecks each year. If you ever find yourself involved in one, there are certain things you should never do.
Don’t drive away from the scene of the accident! This is usually illegal as well as unsmart and may cost you in the future if you have to find an accident lawyer Columbia MD, and go to court.
Avoid incriminating yourself regardless of whether you are at fault or not. This does not mean you should lie about what happened; honesty is the best policy. However, it is not good to outright admit fault as your insurer may try to use it as grounds to deny your claim.
There are certain things you need to do in the wake of a car accident that you should not forget. Do not neglect to document the scene of the accident; photographic evidence, the other driver’s information (phone number and insurance details) and written testimonies are important for filing insurance claims. Remember to inform the proper authorities, a.k.a., the police. According to Maryland law, if there is death, injury or property damage resulting from the accident, you must notify the police. Even if the accident does not involve these, it is still a good policy to call them. The police will also document the incident and their report may benefit you later when you are dealing with your indemnifier or if you end up in court.
A wreck can be a shocking and traumatizing experience, and it can be difficult to know what to do. It is important to keep these things in mind though as doing so may reduce hassle in the long run.