What started as a typical commute to work or a day running errands can quickly become something worse when someone collides with your car. When you’re involved in a car accident, ensuring you take the proper steps to file a car accident claim is essential to getting the justice you deserve. Keep reading to learn what the most frequent errors for your claims are and discover how a Maryland auto accident lawyer can help you navigate this process.
Waiting Too Long to File a Car Accident Claim
One of the most common mistakes those involved in car accidents make is waiting too long to file a claim. The statute of limitations in Maryland to file a car accident personal injury claim, is three years.
Though filing a car accident lawsuit can be a hassle, waiting past the deadline will make it impossible to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Similarly, waiting too long can make it more challenging to establish liability, as essential records can be lost, and witnesses can forget what they saw when the accident occurred.
Leaving the Accident Scene
Another mistake many make when involved in a collision is leaving the scene too soon. Unfortunately, exchanging insurance information isn’t enough, as leaving before you can file a police report can hurt your claim.
Though you may be in rush to get back home or get to work on time, ensuring you call the police to file a formal report is vital. A police report can help establish liability and is extremely beneficial for your attorney during a lawsuit. Waiting at the scene also allows you to take photos and videos of the accident scene as well as the property damage, and gather the names and contact information of the witness(es).
Filing Your Claim Without an Attorney
Finally, the worst mistake someone can make after a car accident is filing a claim without the help of an experienced attorney. While it may seem simple enough to navigate this claim on your own, doing so without the guidance of someone well-versed in this process can hurt your chances of recovering any damages. Without the help of an attorney, you may not know how to navigate a claim or fight against insurance adjusters and opposing attorneys. This means you likely won’t recover the compensation you are entitled to.
When you need the help of an experienced attorney to recover damages from your car accident claim, the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz is ready to help. Our dedicated legal team has the experience necessary to help you navigate these claims to ensure you receive justice. Contact us today to learn how we can help.