Car accidents are frightening, which is why it is very important you have a plan in place for when one happens. Please read on to learn more about car accidents and what you should do after being involved in one.
What causes car accidents?
Car accidents can be caused by several different factors, especially with the cold winter season upon us. However, the most common cause of car accidents is none other than driver negligence. Some of the most frequent forms of driver negligence we see on the road today include texting while driving or otherwise driving while distracted, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and driving while drowsy or fatigued. Speeding is also another very common cause of car accidents, and if you are someone who was injured at the hands of a speeding motorist, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more.
What should I do after a car accident?
If you are someone who was injured in a car accident, there are several actions you must immediately take. First, you should always call the police immediately. The police are capable of documenting the facts of the accident, which you may use to prove your personal injury claim. Additionally, police can diffuse the situation if the other driver is violent. While it is extremely important to keep your cool and not antagonize the other motorist, it is also crucial that you do not apologize or say you are sorry for the accident. This can be construed as admitting fault, and may be detrimental to your claim.
If you are capable of doing so, you must speak with any witnesses of your accident and ask them for their contact information. They may vouch for you if need be. Next, you should request medical attention immediately, as a physician will treat your injuries accordingly and provide you with medical documentation detailing their severity and extent. Finally, though perhaps most importantly, you should always seek the legal assistance of an experienced attorney, as attorneys are trained in proving personal injury claims using valuable types of evidence such as security camera footage of the accident that may be hard for you to obtain on your own.
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, please do not hesitate to reach out to our compassionate firm to learn more about how we can help.
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The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.