Top 4 Mistakes Made After a Car Accident in DC, Maryland and Virginia

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After an accident, a lot can happen. Here's a reminder of what to do after an accident. There are some crucial mistakes that can be made soon after the accident and at the scene of the accident. How do you protect your case to make sure you get all the compensation you deserve?

Here are the top 4 mistakes we see people make at the scene of the accident:

1. Not filing a police report. A police report is objective evidence that will be important later on in your case. Even if you think you don't need to or even if there is minor damage to the car, call the police to the scene of the accident and get a copy of the police report.  

This way it's harder for the other side to make up something about what happened before or during the accident. 

2. Not getting contact information. In all the chaos after the accident, make sure to get the contact information of everyone involved, including those in each vehicle and any witnesses to the accident. They may serve as witnesses for you later on, and they can help verify your version of events.  

3. Not taking pictures. Make sure you take pictures. We wrote about the importance of taking pictures at the scene of the accident, as it will help support your case. Here are the tips we shared about taking pictures, when to take them, and even how to take them

4. Not working with an attorney when you have serious injuries. Studies show that people injured in car accidents that try to work with the insurance company themselves or try to pursue a personal injury case themselves are less successful than those represented by an attorney. Why? 

Because the insurance company knows that most people representing themselves don't know how much they can really get under the law. 

Without an experienced accident attorney in D.C. you probably won't find out how much insurance coverage is available for your claim, won't be told about uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage and how it works with the liability insurance coverage of the driver who hit you, or whether there is an excess insurance policy or umbrella coverage available to pay your damages - your medical, hospital and surgical costs, your lost income and your future medical care and income needs that you require because of the serious injuries you suffered.

So, get the help you need today to get better after a car accident that wasn't your fault. With our reports and guides, you'll find information that will help you TODAY - like our Ultimate Guide to Accident Cases in the DC Metro Area.

These reports and e-books are free to anyone injured in a car accident in DC, Maryland or Virginia - just give us a call at 202-393-3320 or contact us here. 


Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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