6 Steps to Take After an Accident on the BeltwayAuthor: Portner & Shure
The McKeldon Beltway, better known as Baltimore Beltway, spans 53 miles and is quite dangerous during peak traffic hours of the day. Auto accidents that occur on the Beltway, regardless of the time of day, are often severe and lead to wrongful death. The steps you take right after your car wreck will directly impact how well you heal from your injuries and your potential compensation from a car accident claim. Our Baltimore attorney has these tips for dealing with a crash on the Beltway:
1. Check Yourself and Others for Injuries
It’s essential to get any injuries caused by the auto accident treated immediately. Right after the wreck, look yourself over and call 911 if you notice any bleeding or bruising or if you’re experiencing dizziness. If you’re unable to dial the phone or have lost your phone in the crash, ask someone else to call 911 and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. If you’re able, check your passengers, the other driver, and the other driver’s passengers for serious injuries, especially if there are young children involved.
2. CALL 911
You need to dial 911 after most auto accidents, aside from minor fender benders. This is necessary for multiple reasons such as minor injuries you missed due to shock and filing an accident report with the police. The police report is required for most insurance claims and will document the details of the accident along with all property damage.
3. Get Your Vehicle to a Safe Place
Turn on your hazard lights and move your vehicle to a safe place away from the fast-moving vehicles on the Beltway. During rush hour, you’ll face additional challenges as a sudden stop in traffic can lead to more auto accidents. By moving your vehicle and asking the other driver to move theirs, you’re reducing the risk of additional injuries and car crashes.
4.Exchange Information with the Other Driver & Document Damage
While you wait for the police to arrive, start exchanging information with the driver of the other vehicle. You’ll need these details when you file your car accident claim with your auto insurance provider. This information should include the driver’s name, contact information, insurance policy number, and the make and model of their car. This is also the best time to document the property damage caused by the auto accident.
Take photos and possibly a video of the state of both vehicles. This proof will come in handy when you file your insurance claim and bring your car in for repair. You can also look around for witnesses of the accident, but this may not be an option as witnesses of auto accidents on the Beltway don’t typically stop their own vehicle.
5. Be Careful When Providing Your Statement
When the police arrive and begin asking you questions about the circumstances that led to the accident, be careful only to say the facts. Don’t offer up opinions or admit fault as that will severely limit your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries and vehicle damage.
6. File Your Claim & Contact Our Baltimore Car Accident Attorney
Once you’ve been treated for your injuries and filed the police report, contact your insurance company to let them know the details of the auto accident. However, before you give a full statement to the insurance adjuster, contact our car accident attorney in Baltimore. The attorneys at Portner & Shure specialize in auto accident claims and can help you through the process and ensure all of your medical expenses, vehicle repairs, and any physical or mental pain and suffering you’ve endured are covered in the settlement.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please contact Portner & Shure in Baltimore today at (855) 954-4141for a FREE consultation. Our personal injury attorneys serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland and surrounding areas including Virginia and Washington D.C.