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Five Mistakes to Avoid After a Maryland Car Accident

Although car accidents are a common occurrence, it does not mean that everyone has been in an accident before and knows what to do when one happens. If you have been injured in an accident, it is important that you do not make any mistakes, as they can potentially jeopardize your chances at getting full and fair compensation. Contacting a Charles County car accident attorney right away is highly recommended. This will also minimize your risk of making a serious mistake that can harm your case.

Here is a look at five of the most common mistakes people make after a car accident in Maryland.

Leaving the Scene of the Accident

One of the biggest mistakes anyone can make after a car accident is leaving the scene without stopping to exchange information with the other involved parties. If you were injured due to the other party’s negligence, then you definitely need to stop and get the at-fault party’s information. Without this, you cannot pursue a claim for injuries and damages.

Not Getting Evidence at the Scene

Unless you are severely injured and loaded into the back of an ambulance, you are the one party who can help preserve as much evidence as possible. You can start by taking scene photos, such as of the vehicles, where the accident occurred, street lights, stop signs, etc. Was there a stop sign not visible due to overgrown bushes? You need to document as it was when the accident occurred, or the bushes could be trimmed by the time investigators go back.

In addition, if weather played a role in the accident, scene photos will help document wet roads, etc. You also want to get contact information for all parties at the scene, especially any witnesses. Do not assume the police will talk to everyone and take down all contact info.

Admitting Fault for the Accident

Do not admit fault at the scene or when speaking with the other side’s insurance representative. The other party will try to get you to admit fault so they do not have to pay out for your injuries and property damage. Do not say anything at all that could be construed as an admission of guilt. This can even be saying sorry – you do not have anything to apologize for if you did not cause the accident in the first place.

Not Going to the Doctor

Even if you think your injuries are minor, you need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. The other side’s insurance company will use any delay to say that you were not injured that badly or at all in the accident. A doctor may find other injuries that you did not realize. Even if they do not, their report serves as evidence for your case.

Not Hiring a Charles County Car Accident Attorney

The fifth biggest mistake people make after an injury accident is assuming they can handle the process on their own. When you hire a skilled Maryland car accident attorney, he or she will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. They will also ensure that the statute of limitation is preserved and handle all negotiations with the other party’s insurance representative and/or attorney.

If you were injured in a car accident, contact the Law Office of Robert R. Castro today at 301-870-1200 to schedule an initial consultation.