While the majority of car accidents that occur each day are only minor fender benders, there are many that result in medical injuries. It is important to understand what you can do to protect yourself if you are ever injured in an accident. To ensure that you receive the appropriate compensation after an auto accident, take the following steps.
- Obtain an Official Police Report: After being involved in an auto accident, it is imperative that you contact the police immediately. A police officer will be able to complete an official report that documents the details of the car accident, including the damages incurred and who was at fault. You should also try to take personal notes about the auto accident if you are physically able to. Consider details that the police officer may have missed. If you have a camera with you, use it to document the scene.
- Request the Other Party’s Auto Insurance Information: Ask the other driver involved for his or her car insurance information. This will allow you to contact the company and send a letter of notification about the general details of the accident. In the letter, include your name, the time and place of the accident, and any injuries you have sustained. This letter will serve to inform the other driver’s insurance company that you intend to file an accident claim.
- Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer: A personal injury lawyer can ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries. The other driver’s insurance company may try to offer you less compensation than you deserve, so it is important to have a lawyer by your side to negotiate a fair deal.
If you were injured in a car accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Sussman & Simcox. We have successfully helped clients in the Rockville and Gaithersburg areas obtain the compensation they need for their auto injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (301) 840-0404 today.