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What You Do After Your Maryland Car Accident Can Make or Break Your Case

If you have been in an injury auto accident with a negligent driver in Maryland, it is important that you take the proper steps to ensure your best chance at maximum compensation. The actions you take immediately following the accident can play a significant role in determining whether or not you will receive reimbursement for your damages. One of the most important things to do after your accident is to contact an experienced Waldorf auto accident attorney as soon as possible.

Contributory Negligence Maryland

Maryland follows the legal principle of contributory negligence. It is a harsh rule and rather outdated, which is why only a small percentage of states follow it. With contributory negligence, if you are found to be even 1% at-fault for the accident, you are barred from recovery.

This is why what you say and do following the accident is so important. A mistake at the scene or when speaking with the other party’s insurance company could mean you are deemed to be a percentage at fault. As you can imagine, the other party’s insurance company will be looking for any little thing to place a percentage of fault on you as it saves them from paying out on a claim entirely.

In order not to hurt your chances of compensation when filing a claim for damages, here are some general steps you should take following an injury auto accident in Maryland.

Watch What You Say at the Scene

Be cautious of what you say at the scene of the accident. Do not tell a witness you never saw the other car coming or tell the other driver you are sorry, even if you are not meaning to admit fault. There is no room for error here, as anything you say could get entered into a police report or said during a witness statement to the other side that could come back to haunt you later.

Do Not Delay Seeking Medical Treatment

Even if you do not think you are injured immediately following the accident, it is important you at least go for an initial checkup. Some injuries can take several days to start showing symptoms. You do not want to wait a week or two before scheduling an initial visit as the other party’s insurance company will surely use that information against you. In some cases, a medical professional may find out your injuries are more serious than you realized.

Gather Evidence at the Scene

If it is safe to do so and you are not badly injured, try to gather evidence at the scene. This can include taking photos of the accident scene and damage to the vehicles as well as collecting the name and contact information for any witnesses. You will also want to take photos of any important factors, like whether it was raining at the time or if there was ice on the ground. You will want to photo traffic signals and signs, landscaping, potholes, or anything else that may be important.

Contact a Maryland Auto Accident Attorney Today

If you were injured in a Maryland auto accident, contact the Law Office of Robert R. Castro today at 301-870-1200 to schedule an initial consultation. Let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

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