Victims of a serious car accident often have to deal with a number of issues after the crash. For example, the victim may have to seek medical attention and speak with the other driver to exchange information. At this point, the victim of the crash should be aware that they should be gathering evidence that can be used to prove a potential lawsuit. If you or a family member suffered an injury in a car accident, you should consult with an experienced Baltimore car accident lawyer as soon as possible. The Rice, Murtha & Psoras is committed to helping victims of a car crash build their case against a negligent driver. We recognize the financial issues that can result from a serious car accident, and we are here for you. The Rice, Murtha & Psoras is here to explain how to increase the strength of a lawsuit after a car accident in Maryland.
Evidence that Can Support Your Car Accident Lawsuit in Maryland
After being involved in a car accident, there are various steps that you can take to help you prepare for a possible personal injury lawsuit in the future. Failing to take these steps could result in having a weaker case if you choose to pursue litigation.
Seek Medical Attention and Summon Law Enforcement
After a car crash, your first step should be to get yourself and any passengers to safety. If your vehicle is still operational, you should attempt to move it a safe place away from traffic. Additionally, if you or any others involved in the accident were injured, you should call for an ambulance.
It is important to be evaluated to determine the extent of your injuries. You should be sure to communicate how you received your injuries when receiving medical attention. The medical staff can help you document your injuries, which will make it easier to use it for evidence in a potential lawsuit. Understanding the full extent of your injuries will be necessary when proving damages in a case.
You should also remember to contact law enforcement to assess the scene of the accident. Be sure to ask for a copy of the police report as it could be helpful to your attorney and your insurance company.
Exchange Information with the Negligent Driver
Speaking with the negligent driver that caused the car wreck is your next step. It is vital to exchange the following information with the negligent driver:
- Name and contact information
- Name of the insurance company that insures their vehicle
- Make, model, and license plate of the vehicle their vehicle
Additionally, if the negligent driver was operating a truck or other commercial vehicle, this is also valuable information. A victim of a truck accident may be able to file a lawsuit against the truck driver and the company that employs the truck driver. If the driver was operating as a rideshare driver at the time of the accident, you should also document it. Uber and Lyft car accidents can trigger insurance coverage that can provide a victim with compensation for their losses.
Collect Evidence of the Accident
Collecting evidence that can help you prove your claim is extremely important. For example, photos of the intersection where the accident occurred will help an attorney paint a picture of how the crash happened. The following is a list of evidence that you should gather to prepare for a potential car accident lawsuit:
- Photos of the injuries you sustained and any passengers
- Photos of the damage sustained to each vehicle
- Thorough details of the accident occurred (e.g., the defendant ran a red light and caused a T-bone accident)
- Any changes in the weather that contributed to the accident
- Any statements made the defendant after the car accident
This is not a comprehensive list. Additionally, if any witnesses observed the accident, you should ask whether they are willing to provide you with a statement. Be sure to get the name and contact information of any witnesses that are willing to help you.
These are just some steps that may increase the amount of evidence available to prove your car accident lawsuit. Our firm will work with you to determine whether there any other factors that could influence the validity of your case.
To learn more about proving negligence in a personal injury claim, continue reading and speak with an experienced Maryland car accident attorney today.
Proving Negligence in a Car Accident Lawsuit in Maryland
Personal injury lawsuits typically operate on a theory of negligence. Specifically, the plaintiff must show how the defendant acted negligently in order to be awarded damages. That is why it is important to gather evidence that will make it easier to prove to the court or the jury that the defendant operated their vehicle negligently.
The following elements must be proven to show negligence in a personal injury lawsuit:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care
- The defendant breached the duty of care (e.g., driving drunk)
- The plaintiff suffered an injury or other losses due to the defendant’s breach
- The plaintiff sustained an injury that is compensable by a court
After proving these elements, a plaintiff can be awarded compensatory damages.
Work with Our Committed Maryland Car Accident Attorney Today
If you were a victim of a car accident and you wish to file a personal injury lawsuit, consult with an experienced Baltimore personal injury attorney immediately. The legal team at the Rice, Murtha & Psoras possesses years of legal experience litigating car accident lawsuits, and we are ready to fight for you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your potential lawsuit, contact the Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291. You can also contact the firm online.