What to Do After a Car Accident

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At Fay Law Group, P.A., we have helped thousands of people recover financial damages for personal injury and property damage in more than 40 years of litigation practice. During that time, we have answered many questions about car accidents and what steps a person should take to protect their rights.

Here are some simple steps to follow after a car accident. Of course, every case is unique. For answers to specific questions about your car accident claim in the District of Columbia or Maryland, call our offices in Washington, D.C., to arrange a free consultation.

  1. Don't say anything about the circumstances of the accident to anyone but the police. Do not allow the other driver or party to be present with the police as you give details of the accident. Be honest and complete about the details. Everything you say at the scene of the accident or to the other party in a private conversation can possibly be used as evidence that you are partially responsible for the accident. Even generally expressing regret that the accident occurred may be used as an admission that you were responsible.
  2. Record contact information from all eyewitnesses or passengers at the scene.
  3. Take pictures of the scene. Most cell phones include a camera.
  4. Make sure you read the police accounts from all parties before the police leave the scene. Make sure your account of the details has been accurately recorded.
  5. If you were taken to the hospital, make sure you get a complete report of the diagnosis and treatment. Follow doctor's orders for prescribed treatment precisely.
  6. Get a medical examination, even if you do not feel you were injured. Get a copy of the doctor's report and follow prescribed treatment orders precisely.
  7. Do not call the other party or engage in any conversation following the accident. If you feel you may share partial responsibility for the accident or wish to see whether the other driver suffered serious injuries, it may be tempting to contact him or her. Any attempts to contact the other driver may be considered an admission of your liability. If the other driver attempts to contact you by phone, e-mail or correspondence, do not respond.
  8. Do not engage in any discussions or correspondence with an insurance adjuster from your own or the other driver's insurance company.
  9. Make arrangements for a free consultation with an experienced Washington, D.C., or Maryland car accident lawyer. At Fay Law Group, we offer a no-cost, no-obligation evaluation of your case. We will explain your options and investigate to help you determine whether you have a clear case for seeking financial damages for your personal injury or collision damage.

  10. Finally, trust that you have put your motor vehicle accident personal injury matter in the right hands at Fay Law Group. We have helped thousands of clients recover the full and fair money damages they are entitled to, and we can help you.

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Want to know more about what to do after a car accident? Call us. Our Washington, D.C., motor vehicle accident attorneys represent clients throughout the District of Columbia and Maryland. Call us at 202-644-8854 or toll free 800-522-2715 or contact us by e-mail to arrange a free consultation. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis — no attorneys' fees unless we help you recover money damages in a settlement or jury verdict.