When you’re involved in a car crash, you may not always think it’s necessary to call emergency services. However, it is in your best interest to do so. If you’re involved in a car accident, it’s vital to understand how to proceed. Though it may not seem necessary to call the police, this step can help ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to. Keep reading to learn why notifying law enforcement is vital and how a Prince George’s County auto accident lawyer can guide you through this process.
Do I Really Need to Call the Police After a Collision?
Following a collision, you may think it’s unnecessary to call the police. However, if the crash results in an injury or one of the cars involved needs to be towed, then by Maryland state law, the accident must be reported.
Even if there is only minor damage to the vehicle or no one seems injured, it’s still in your best interest to call the police. Unfortunately, not all injuries present right away, such as concussions or whiplash. As such, it’s in your best interest to contact the police and receive medical attention.
Aside from keeping your best interest in mind, calling the police also makes it safer for passing motorists, as law enforcement can help direct traffic around the scene of the accident. This also helps make it safe for you to take photos of the accident scene while the police conduct an investigation into the collision.
What Should I Do if I Want to Pursue Compensation?
If you want to pursue compensation for any injuries you sustained, it’s vital to take the necessary steps. The first thing you’ll want to do, if you did not do so at the accident scene, is seek medical treatment. Unfortunately, waiting too long can be used against you in an injury lawsuit, as the defense may claim your injuries weren’t that bad if you did not need immediate medical attention.
Once you’ve received medical treatment, you must obtain a copy of the police report filed at the scene. This can help provide the necessary evidence to pursue a lawsuit.
Next, you’ll want to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Be sure to provide all necessary medical records, photos and videos of the collision scene, the police report, and contact information for witnesses. This can all help supplement the lawsuit you file against the negligent party.
At McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, our dedicated legal team will do everything possible to help you receive the compensation you’re entitled to. We understand how devastating a car accident can be to victims and their families. As such, we will work tirelessly to represent you. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.