What to Do After an Auto Accident

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Agitated woman talking on the phone after a car accident on a cold, gray day.

All Too Common

Auto accidents include any kind of vehicle—car, truck, motorcycle, or tractor-trailer—and can be caused by negligence, distractedness, intoxication, or texting while driving. Collisions take everyone by surprise, and can even be caused by one vehicle swerving to avoid yet another vehicle.

Even a minor auto accident can be terrifying, and in severe cases, you may suffer life-altering injuries. These injuries may entitle you to medical benefits, damages, and financial compensation. But securing those benefits is a burden you shouldn't have to bear. Instead, consult an experienced Maryland auto accident lawyer. I have years of experience with accident, injury, and workers' compensation cases. For all injury cases, I work on a contingency fee basis to protect you from financial risk. I serve accident victims all over Maryland, as well as Washington D.C.

Injuries Suffered In Auto Accidents

Injuries sustained in auto accidents are directly related to the type of collision (head-on, rear-end, side-impact), the kinds of vehicles involved (car, truck, motorcycle), and the speed of impact. Common injuries include whiplash, concussion, soft tissue, connective tissue, brain, spinal cord, and broken bones.

No matter how minor your injuries may seem at the time of an accident, it is critical that you seek medical care as soon as possible. This is true even if you experience no physical pain or discomfort at the time of the accident. Symptoms of many injuries, such as concussions, can be delayed and progressive.

After an Auto Accident

Shortly after an accident, you may be approached by the insurance company of whoever caused the collision. One of their representatives may try to offer you a quick and easy lump-sum settlement. Do not accept this. A settlement benefits them—not you, not your family, and not your case—and their offer will fall short of the true value of your claim. But if you hire an experienced auto accident attorney, your claim will cover:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Current and future lost-wage compensation
  • Pain and suffering compensation (if applicable)
  • Vehicle repair costs

Maryland Statute Of Limitations

Maryland law allows three years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If an accident resulted in a wrongful death, the time frame is three years from the date of the death. But that doesn't mean you should take your time. The sooner you file your accident claim, the better your outcome is likely to be. And you can rest assured the insurance carrier of the guilty party will begin to protect themselves right away—so you should, too. The best way to do that is to hire an experienced Maryland auto accident attorney. Call 301-589-4597 or email me at ds@dsteinlaw.com for a free initial consultation today.