For those of us who live, work in, or visit Baltimore City it is pretty obvious that the police were on vacation in 2017. Their absence leaves Baltimore in the throws of a crime wave the likes of which hasn’t been seen since crack cocaine hit the Baltimore corners in the 1980’s. Maybe they will return to work in 2018. Do I blame the police? Not really, they were stabbed in the back by an inexperienced states attorney trying to make a name for herself instead of protecting the city we love. The lack of law an order in the streets of Baltimore can be seen on so many levels. Random violence in the streets, lack of response to 911 calls, administrative shortcomings and delays – all a byproduct of failed leadership at the highest levels.
As a Baltimore personal injury attorney, I see the ramifications of a listing Baltimore City Police Department everyday. For example, if you are involved in a car accident in Baltimore and need a police report, don’t hold your breath. If the police decide to respond to your accident, chances are they won’t do much. In Baltimore, the police won’t prepare accident reports unless someone leaves in an ambulance. In many cases, the Baltimore City Police are no longer preparing reports for hit and run accidents even though a crime was committed . When the Baltimore City Police do prepare accident reports, it can take several months before the report is available.
If you are involved in an accident in Baltimore, you cannot rely on the police to obtain the other driver’s information. If you are in a car accident in Baltimore, it is essential that you, at the very least, get the tag number of the other vehicle(s) involved. A tag search can identify the owner and the insurance company. Doing a tag search is much easier than obtaining Baltimore City police reports. A picture of the other driver’s license and insurance card is also very helpful but the tag number is the catch all. If you are involved in a hit and run accident, do everything you can to document the incident. In the age of camera phones, taking pictures of the car accident is not difficult. Pictures of the scene can be helpful. If you are transported by ambulance, but still coherent, find a way to get they other driver’s information. Snap a picture of the license plate or ask someone to do it for you. The most difficult situation occurs when someone is so seriously injured in an accident that they are unresponsive or incapacitated. The individual who is injured is at the mercy of the Baltimore City Police. Lets hope they step up their game in 2018. If you are injured in an accident in Baltimore, not having the other driver’s insurance information can delay your claim and recovery. It is essential to contact an experienced Baltimore personal injury attorney, call the Law Offices of Nicholas A. Parr, we can help.