Car, motorcycle and trucking accidents are common and occur every day in Anne Arundel County, Maryland which includes Annapolis and Glen Burnie, MD. These accidents many times result in very serious injuries and, in some cases, accidental death. If you have been the victim of an auto accident in the Glen Burnie, Maryland area, then you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injures, pain, emotional suffering, medical expenses and property damage. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident you may be entitled to compensation from various sources such as the at fault party directly, their insurance provider and your own insurance carrier.
The Glen Burnie car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of John G. Turnbull III can help you get compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, rehab expenses, property damage, and other financial hardships you may have suffered.
Our Glen Burnie, MD accident lawyers competently and routinely handle cases such as:
Regardless of the size of the auto accident, these accidents can have a wide-range of effects on the lives and health of victims. In many cases, there are medical conditions that develop sometime after the accident has already occurred These conditions may, or may not, be visible to the naked eye.
Our legal team of experienced Anne Arundel County car accident attorneys have ample experience, helping victims of Anne Arundel County car accidents get financial compensation.
Check for Bodily Injury: Your first priority after any accident is to ensure that everyone is okay. Determine if you or anyone in your car are injured. Then approach the other vehicles and check on the conditions of their occupants. Finally, if pedestrians are involved, find out how they’re doing as well. If someone is hurt, phone “911” immediately and ask for help. Your taking the initiative in seeing to everyone’s well-being will weigh in your favor.
Stay Safe: You want to keep the accident scene untouched until first responders get there. However, if doing so could possibly endanger anybody, you want take steps to put everyone out of harm’s way. For example, in fast and heavy traffic, you may want to pull your vehicle over to a shoulder. Whenever possible, you should handle your own vehicle and issues with your passengers, and let other individuals deal with their own concerns. Otherwise, if you start helping someone else push their car, you could be accused of causing a problem later on.
Don’t Talk: Beyond finding out everyone’s condition, you do not want to say much else. What you say can be used against you. Even a sympathetic utterance such as “I’m sorry that I didn’t see you there” may be taken as admission of guilt and will be seized upon by opposing council. If first-responders ask you questions, answer truthfully, simply, and succinctly. Be even less forthcoming if civilians want your declaration. The only thing you need to exchange with other people involved is insurance information, such as policy number, insurance agency, agent name, and contact info.
Document What Happened: While the accident is still fresh in your mind, use your smartphone’s memo function to write down what happened from your point of view. (If you don’t have such an app, try sending yourself the details via email or text.) Detail the date, time, and location of the incident; vehicles involved, including their license plate numbers; the people at the scene, including your passengers, occupants of other cars, and any witnesses; weather and traffic conditions; condition of any vehicles; speed; and any other contributing factors. Put down specific numbers whenever possible. Should anyone say anything to you about their health conditions you want to document that as well.
Take Pictures With Your Phone: Pictures and video can be far more accurate, detailed, and credible in showing what happened than even the most extensive prose. So use your camera to get shots of everything to do with the accident. Take pictures of the people, witnesses, and vehicles involved; surrounding traffic, buildings, and property damage; damage to individual vehicles; injuries; and first-responders and their actions. If any movement is happening, record it with your video and audio functions.
Don’t Sign Anything: It’s not likely that in the immediate aftermath of the accident, anyone will have the presence of mind of foresight to come up with a document and ask you to sign it. However, such paperwork often materializes many days after the incident. You may be told that it’s just an insurance formality, when in fact it may be your admission of guilt or a way to eliminate your rights. It’s best to tell them that you’d like to look over the words first and then get back to them. Then take the document to us, unsigned, so we can evaluate its purpose.
The other people involved may be sympathetic, attractive, or remind you of someone you care for. That’s no excuse to make decisions about them even if you’re an excellent judge of character. Unless you have accidents everyday, you can’t possibly be familiar with the legal and financial consequences of what just happened. You need an experienced and objective third party who is on your side to determine what’s best for you. Our Glen Burnie auto accident lawyers will be that party but only if you contact us as soon as possible.
Mr. Turnbull serves many areas of Maryland including Towson, Annapolis, Abingdon, Aberdeen, Bel Air, Carney, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Dundalk, Edgemere, Ellicott City, Essex,Glen Burnie, Havre De Grace, Luthersville, Owings Mills, Timonium, Pikesville, Randallstown, Reistertown, Odenton, Pasadena, Crownsville, Linthicum, Edgewater, Severna Park, Crofton, Jessup, Crofton, Columbia, Joppatowne, Edgewood, Fallston, Churchville, Columbia, Scaggsville, Fulton, Elkridge, NorthLaurel, White Marsh, Baltimore, North East, Chesapeake City and Elkton, Maryland.