If you were a passenger who was injured in an automobile accident, it is important to be just as engaged in documenting what happened as the driver is. Having all the available information will help preserve your right to recover damages from any injuries you received and can assist your Maryland personal injury attorney in your case. Keep in mind that some injuries, such as whiplash, may not be present until days later when you begin to feel neck or spinal pain. Furthermore, adrenaline from the panic of the collision can sometimes mask symptoms, causing you to believe you are uninjured when you actually are not.
As the drivers exchange license and insurance information, you should jot their information down as well. You should also get the names and contact information for any potential witnesses because in a “he said-she said” situation, these witnesses may be key to determining which driver was negligent and who bears the responsibility for compensating you for your injuries. If more than one driver is found to be liable for the accident, it may be necessary to seek partial damages from each. If you are capable of doing so, independently take note of street names, number of travel lanes, and things like road signs and weather conditions.
An experienced Maryland personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation for any injuries you received traveling as a passenger in an auto accident. However, time is of the essence when it comes to contacting an attorney. Personal injury cases have an expiration date, known as a “statute of limitations.” More importantly, an experienced professional should inform you sooner rather than later as to what types of documentation you will need in order to prove your claim.
Some of the things you’ll want to keep track of are: doctor’s visits or visits to chiropractors or other therapists; any time missed from work (which should have corresponding disability notes from your doctor); lost wages; and medical bills. It is important that you do not discuss your case with anyone but your attorney and your doctor.
If you are injured in an automobile accident, you are entitled to receive the following compensation:
Past or Future Medical Bills
Past or Future Lost Wages
Pain and Suffering
Loss of Enjoyment of Life Emotional Distress
Auto accidents are stressful - sometimes frightening. As a passenger you have even less control than you would have if you were driving. But timely contact with an experienced attorney will help you recover the damages that you are entitled to for any injuries you may have sustained.
An experienced personal injury attorney will give you a free initial consultation and, if you don’t want to pay legal bills out of pocket, accept your case on a contingency fee basis. That means you won’t pay anything unless damages are recovered on your behalf.
This blog post was written by DC personal injury firm Price Benowitz LLP based in Washington DC with offices in Maryland and Virginia. Chamille Kittles manages our Maryland practice with offices located in Baltimore, Ellicott City, and Rockville.