What Are the Right Things to Do at the Scene of a Car Crash?

Are you what the Maryland area traffic reporters call a “Gawker”? Do you slow down to catch a glimpse of an accident scene on the highway? While some auto accidents are tragic and others are minor, you’re human and you want to see the accident! Why? Maybe it’s that sinking feeling that groans inside saying, “That could be me, and what would I do?”


What if it were you? Would you spring into action? Would you know the proper actions to take at the scene of a Baltimore, D.C. or Virginia auto accident? When your car collides with another vehicle, there’s no time to read a “How To” booklet or surf the Internet on your smart phone for a car wreck tutorial. You need to be prepared ahead of time.


Let’s simplify the actions you should take, so in the event of a Maryland, D.C. or Virginia traffic accident you will be able to spring into action and execute the steps below as if they’re second nature to you:

1. Call the Police and Don’t Move Anything

At first, you might think you should move everything off the road to prevent more accidents. That is thoughtful, but try to leave the vehicles in place until the police arrive. This gives the police a chance to survey the car wreck scene, take notes for their report, and gather data to determine which driver is at fault. If you’re able, take your own pictures of the accident scene before anything is moved.


2. Tell Your Story to the Police Officer

Tell the officer if you are injured and in pain. Explain how the accident happened. If you and the Police Officer speak different languages, call a friend or family member to translate for you. Otherwise draw a picture of the scene showing how the accident occurred. If you are not the person who caused the accident, do not apologize. Apologizing makes it look like the accident was your fault.


3. Gather Contact Information

Get the other driver’s name, address, phone number and insurance information. Ask any witnesses who actually saw the accident happen to give you their names, addresses, and phone numbers. This information may help you sooner than you realize.


4. Call the Bob Katz Personal Injury Group at  1-888-540-2599.

This step simplifies everything from the moment of your phone call to the day when your claim is resolved. Bob Katz and his legal team, including an interpreter who speaks the language you speak most fluently if needed, will take action. Your lawyer will step in and:

  • Get the police report
  • Preserve evidence
  • Speak with insurance adjusters
  • Arrange for your rental car
  • Give legal advice concerning medical treatment options
  • Process payment of your medical bills


Bob Katz and his team of personal injury lawyers aim to make your life as easy as possible in the wake of an accident. Let Mr. Katz and his legal team take control of your auto accident aftermath.


Call Bob Katz for a free, confidential consultation. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve you. We serve accident victims of all ages, occupations, and ethnicities. We practice in and accept clients from Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia.  No legal fees are assessed unless compensation is recovered.  Call Bob Katz today at 1-888-540-2599.

Robert W. Katz
Bob Katz is Chair of the Personal Injury Group at Gordon Feinblatt, LLC