An accident on the road can be alarming and confusing. The car crash lawyers at Alexander & Cleaver provide advice about what you should do after an accident. This information is quite useful if read now and then tucked away in your vehicle in case it is ever needed.
If you are involved in a car crash in Prince George’s County, or anywhere in Maryland, D.C. or Virginia, you should do several things immediately. Try to stay calm so that you can do what is necessary.
Clearly, if you have been injured, you should seek immediate medical attention. If you experience even minor pain after an accident, seek treatment as soon as possible to preserve evidence of your injury. Be aware — sometimes serious injuries do not cause immediate pain. If in doubt, get checked out.
After any type of motor vehicle accident, it is important to locate witnesses and get their names, addresses and telephone numbers. If you are unable to do this, try to ask someone at the crash scene to do it for you. You cannot always rely on the police to provide witnesses’ contact information.
If you are able, exchange information, including insurance data, with the other driver. Be sure to call the police.
If possible, take photos of the accident scene or ask someone to do it for you. Take shots from multiple angles and include whatever objects may have been involved in the car crash. Note the time and date the photos were taken.
Do not discuss the facts of a car accident with anyone but the police. You must tell them the truth or face possible criminal consequences.
Report the accident promptly to your auto insurance company. You must cooperate with them, but you shouldn’t discuss any aspect of the accident or your injuries with the other person's insurance company representative. No matter what that person tells you, you are not obligated to be interviewed. Always remember — insurance company representatives are looking out for their company’s interests, not yours.
That is why it is a good idea to talk to a car accident lawyer before you talk to any insurance company.
If you are partially or totally at fault in the accident, or the accident is serious or fatal, you should contact a lawyer prior to speaking to anyone, if practical. An automobile accident attorney at our firm can review the facts with you to ensure that your statement is clear and factually correct. If necessary, we help you fill out any required accident reports and insurance claim forms.
Senior partner James A. Cleaver is a 30-year veteran attorney of car crash litigation in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He has the information you require to protect your interests. Call Jim toll-free at 301.292.3300 or contact him by email.
If you require assistance at any point in an accident investigation, do not hesitate to contact our firm. We look forward to delivering the caliber of representation you expect and the compensation you deserve.
From one of our seven offices in Annapolis, Fort Washington, La Plata, Rockville, Cumberland and Alexandria, Virginia, the law firm of Alexander & Cleaver skillfully represents victims of car crashes in Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Waldorf, Charles County, Prince George’s County and Calvert County and across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
We are available 24 hours a day to handle your most urgent needs. Call us today at 800.292.LAWS or contact us online to speak to a dedicated car accident attorney. We look forward to speaking with you.