After a sudden unexpected event like a car crash, many Baltimore residents may be confused and not thinking clearly. This is particularly understandable for those who are injured in an auto accident. However, after health concerns are taken care of, individuals should take certain steps, which can be essential in a later personal injury suit.
As many would expect, preserving evidence remains a top priority after a car accident. To begin, individuals can obtain the names and contact information of the others involved. Another effective measure after a car accident is to take photographs and write down events. The documentation should continue when medical bills, hospital visits and lost wages come into play.
If law enforcement is involved after an accident, officers will conduct an accident investigation. Individuals are entitled to receive a copy of a police report that is prepared, which can provide a great deal of information about the circumstances of the accident.
For instance, police are currently investigating a car accident that recently occurred after a vehicle left the roadway and hit a house. The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital, as was a passenger who was also treated for his injuries. Charges are pending in the case as officers are still gathering information.
Like other police reports, the report concerning the above accident may contain a preliminary assessment of fault based on the officer's impressions. At the least, the report should contain essential information about the parties involved and any potential witnesses as well as their account of the accident. This information can be vital to a personal injury suit, even if the report itself is not admissible in civil court proceedings.
Source: Baltimore Sun, "Two men injured when car crashes into residence north of Westminster," Sep. 25, 2012