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Life can get very complicated in the aftermath of a car accident. Questions about injuries, car repairs, talking to the police and filing an insurance claim – not to mention the scare-induced adrenaline rush – bombard your senses and can leave you incapable of make a clear decision. That’s why it pays to know ahead of time what to do if you are involved in a traffic accident. The questions and answers below are only brief insights on what to do after an accident. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury because of an accident, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Hyatt & Goldbloom, LLC at (410) 385-3180 for a free initial consultation to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Question: If I am in an accident – Do I have to stop?
Answer: Yes! No matter whether you have hit a pedestrian, a moving car, a parked car or someone’s property, always stop if you hit something with your car. If you do not, no matter how minor the damage seems to you, you may be guilty of “hit and run” – even if the accident was not your fault.
Question: What do I do first?
Answer: The first thing to do at the crash site is to determine the extent of driver’s and passenger’s injuries. Next, call the police. If the accident is a fender bender, emergency medical care may not be necessary. Resist the temptation to settle up with the other driver on the spot. You may have suffered injuries which do not develop symptoms until days or even weeks after the accident.
Next, if you are involved in an accident involving any injury at all, no matter how minor, call 911 and ask to receive assistance and the police as soon as possible. Doing so will provide proof of the accident and will allow for an immediate investigation of the scene of the accident. The police will advise you whether it is required to move the crashed vehicles from moving traffic and an investigating officer will take statements of the drivers and passengers involved.
Question: What facts do I need to gather?
Answer: After everyone is out of danger and any medical and police help have been summoned, obtain the following (which can be easily and accurately collected using a cellular telephone to take photographs):
Question: Should I take pictures of the accident scene?
Answer: If possible it is important to take pictures of the scene of the accident, the vehicle(s) involved, and damages caused by the accident. Try to take these photos before any vehicles are removed. Additionally, if you have a visible injury, you should take a picture of those injuries as soon as possible and periodically, as those injuries begin to heal. Take photographs from multiple angles; if safe to do so, and locations, as if on the points of a compass, to construct an accurate diagram of the collision site.