Following a car accident, you probably have a lot of questions and not very many answers. The insurance companies representing the negligent parties might try to place the blame on your shoulders or, if they know their insured was at fault, offer you a low-ball settlement that limits your rights and access to future compensation.
The attorneys at Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., have been protecting the rights of car accident victims for more than 40 years. We understand how overwhelming it can be when an accident leads to serious injuries. We hope that our car accident FAQs page will provide some helpful information and give you some direction in the aftermath of an accident.
- I just had a car accident. What should I do?
- Is there anything I should avoid after a car accident?
- Who pays for my medical bills, lost wages and other losses?
- What if I was partially at fault for the accident?
Q: I just had a car accident. What should I do?
A: The first thing you should do is seek medical attention for any injuries you have suffered. There is nothing more important than your well-being. If possible, get the contact information of the other people involved in the accident and their auto insurance information. If you can, take pictures of the accident scene. If there was a police report filed about your accident, get the report number or a copy of the report. Finally, contact a qualified personal injury lawyer.
Q: Is there anything I should avoid after a car accident?
A: Yes. Don't talk to anyone from another driver's insurance company before you talk to an attorney. If you are talking to someone else who was involved in the car accident, don't say "I'm sorry" or anything else that could be interpreted to mean that you are accepting responsibility. Don't leave the scene until a police officer tells you it is OK to do so.
Q: Who pays for my medical bills, lost wages and other losses?
A: Under Maryland law, the party who caused the accident is held responsible for all damages. Maryland drivers are also able to purchase personal injury protection (PIP) coverage that can cover their losses, regardless of fault. Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A. recommends purchasing full PIP coverage in Maryland.
Q: What if I was partially at fault for the accident?
A: Under Maryland's contributory negligence statute, if you are found to be even 1 percent at fault for the accident, you lose your right to seek any level of compensation. This is a common defense in car accident cases. We analyze the facts of each case to determine whether you would likely prevail if the case goes to trial.
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