If you are a new driver, there is a very good chance you are wondering what to do if you are ever involved in a car accident. No matter how safe and careful you are, you may still get into an accident–all it takes is one negligent motorist to change your life forever. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common contributors to car accidents?
Car accidents are caused by several factors, such as inclement weather conditions, poor road conditions, negligent road design, and defective car parts. However, the most common cause of car accidents is driver negligence. Some examples of negligent driving behavior are as follows:
- Smoking while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Eating while driving
- Texting while driving
- Navigating directions while driving
- Failing to yield
- Unsafely changing lanes
- Disregarding traffic lights and signs
- Ignoring all other rules and regulations of the road
What should I do after I am in a car crash?
The first thing you should do is call the police. They will document the accident and help diffuse the tension or break up an argument. Then, you must collect the other party’s name and insurance information, and any witnesses’ contact information. From here, you will call your insurance company and report the accident, which will get the ball rolling on the claims process. You should seek medical attention immediately following your accident, especially if you plan on filing a personal injury claim, as a physician can treat your injuries accordingly and provide you with the medical documentation you need to prove your claim. Never yell at someone when you crash; this only makes the situation worse. Step away from the other party if they are angry and want to fight. Do not engage them.
How do I recover financial compensation following a car accident in Maryland?
To recover compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, this is not always easy, so you must hire an experienced attorney who has what it takes to assemble the most convincing claim possible.
What is the statute of limitations in Maryland?
The statute of limitations in Maryland is three years. This means you have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. If you fail to do so, you may be denied financial compensation.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
If you have been injured in an accident and wish to speak with an attorney about your best course of action, contact the Law Offices of Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC today.
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