Car accidents are extremely frightening, and though it may be easy to panic, if you have a plan in place, you will not have to. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding car accidents and what to do if you have been injured in one:

What causes car accidents?

Car accidents are caused by various factors, however, they can almost always be traced back to driver negligence. Some of the most common types of driver negligence include texting while driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and driving while drowsy or fatigued.

What should I do after a car accident?

The first thing anyone should do after being involved in a car accident is call the police. A police officer will deescalate any tension and prevent the other motorist from behaving threateningly or violently. A police officer will also document the accident as it happened, which you may use to prove your personal injury claim. You should also keep in mind that no matter how threatened you feel, though you should always stay calm and be respectful, you should never apologize for an accident. If you do, it may be used as an admission of fault. Next, if you are physically capable, you must ask any witnesses of the accident to provide you with their contact information so they can verify your personal injury claim when the time comes.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you should seek medical treatment and hire an experienced attorney who knows how to prove personal injury claims. A medical professional will treat your injuries and an attorney will work to uncover and present various types of evidence, such as security camera footage of your accident as it happened.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years. Simply put, this means that you will have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the negligent motorist that caused the accident. If you wait past the legally acceptable period of time, you will most likely lose out on the compensation you need. Do not let this happen. Our firm is ready to begin the claims process as soon as you are ready–all you have to do is ask.

Contact our experienced Maryland firm

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you must reach out to one of our knowledgeable attorneys. At Timian & Fawcett, LLC, we provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C. and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to assisting our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.