It can happen in the blink of an eye: one minute you are on the highway and the next you are flipped upside down in your SUV. While it is a scary moment, the things you do in the seconds after an accident can help to protect you financially as well as legally, too. Here is what you should do in the moments after a crash to protect the ones you love and your own safety, as well as your financial and legal future.
It is important to note that in the event of an automobile accident, your first step should always be calling the police and first responders.
- If possible, relocate your car from the road to a safe, secure area where first responders and law enforcement can get to you.
- Make sure your vehicle is in park and has the emergency brake on in addition to being completely turned off.
- Next, make sure that you, your passengers, and the other car involved (if possible) are safe and unharmed. Again, first responders and law enforcement should always be called in the event of an accident, even if there are not any significant or visible injuries.
- Once it is made certain that everyone in the cars involved is safe, make sure that the police were called to the scene of the accident. If there is any indication from the other party that they do not want the police involved, you should still call them to the scene to protect yourself from any legal or financial issues down the road.
- After the police are called exchange information with the other driver involved. Grab the license plate number, their insurance information, the driver and passenger’s names, as well as any additional, essential information from the accident.
- If possible, take pictures of both of the cars in the accident with a camera phone or a disposable camera. Make sure there is timestamped information on these photographs.
If you are in need of a personal injury attorney in Baltimore, MD, after you or someone you love is involved in an accident, turn to the seasoned attorneys at Mobley and Brown, LLP today. Give us a call, toll-free here at 1 (833) 355-9897 or (410) 385-0398.