Car accidents are a traumatic experience for anyone involved. Our Maryland auto accident attorneys have worked on a number of auto accident cases with victims who've been personally injured and traumatized by the accident. It's easy to lose yourself in the moments following a car accident. You're panicked. You're worried. What do you do? Follow these following steps to take after a car accident.
1. Stay Calm
The important thing is to keep your wits about you which is definitely easier said than done. It's tough. We know. You've just had a traumatic experience. You're probably shaken up. A million things are going through your mind and you don't know where to focus your attention on first. So, take deep breaths and focus on gaining composure. Depending on the severity of the impact, you may or may not want to call the cops for assistance.
2. Check for damages
When you've calmed down, check yourself for any injuries you may have sustained in the accident. Be sure to take a mental note of any odd sensations or feelings of pain within your body. If there are passengers in the car, check on your passengers and then check on the other parties involved. Make sure there are no injuries that need immediate medical attention.
Once you're finished making sure everyone is okay, inspect the damages your car sustained and make notes or better yet, take pictures of the accident. Try and recount all you know and all you remember at the time of the accident as it will make it much easier to recount your story to the cops, insurance company, and your auto accident attorney.
3. Exchange Information
Depending on the severity of the car accident, you may want to call the cops. Otherwise, exchange all pertinent information with the other party and make sure the information is correct. It's not unheard of for those at fault to provide fake numbers in an attempt to get away without paying damages.
4. Get Medical Help
Our team of personal injury lawyers in Maryland cannot stress this enough. After you've finished assessing damages and exchanging information, make it a priority to get medical attention. Some injuries do present themselves until after the accident due to the endorphins released at the time of the accident. These endorphins act as painkillers which may deter you from experiencing and acknowledging your injury. Some injuries can be internal and depending on the impact, there's a possibility you may have jostled your brain. Don't risk anything when it comes to your well-being. Seek medical attention immediately after an auto accident.
5. Contact our Maryland Personal Injury Attorneys
After you've gotten yourself medically examined, if you feel like you have a personal injury case; contact our personal injury attorneys in Maryland. The auto accident attorneys at Watson & Moran LLC will do their best in protecting your interests. With each auto accident case, our goal is to help you through this trying time and make sure the one's responsible for your injuries and the accident will be held accountable.
If you've been injured in a car accident, discuss your case with our Maryland Personal Injury attorneys today.