Maryland Car Accident Attorneys
Helping You Rebuild & Recover After a Serious Auto Accident
We hear about car crashes all of the time. However, no one really ever expects to be involved in a crash themselves. Even the most careful drivers can find themselves injured in a car collision due to the negligence of another motorist, dangerous road hazards, construction debris, or any number of other causes.
People who are injured in collisions don’t only suffer the physical effects of their injuries, but they also suffer the mental and financial aftermath as well. Depending on the type of injury that the individual suffered, they may not be able to return to work for an extended amount of time, if ever. If the injured victim is the sole income provider for their family, the expenses incurred as a result of the auto collision and subsequent injury can skyrocket in a relatively short amount of time, placing even more stress on the injured individual and their family. However, with the help of a qualified Maryland car accident lawyer, the negligent person whose decisions or actions played a contributing role in the crash can be held responsible and fair compensation can be garnered for the injured party.
Find out how to pursue fair compensation for your injuries – call (301) 812-4777 for a free consultation with one of our qualified, caring legal professionals.
What Are the Common Causes of Car Crashes?
Serious Car Accident Injuries
Car crashes can range from slight fender benders to devastating collisions that alter the lives of those involved forever, be it by catastrophic injury or the wrongful death of any of the individuals involved.
Some injuries that can be sustained in a vehicle accident include:
- Bruises and scrapes
- Head trauma and brain damage
- Broken bones
- Tissue damage
- Nerve damage
- Loss of limbs
- Spinal cord injury
How is Liability Determined in Maryland?
As with other types of accidents, figuring out who is at fault is a matter of deciding who was negligent. In many cases, your instincts will tell you that a driver, cyclist, or pedestrian acted carelessly, but not what rule or rules that person violated. Fault issues can be complicated, and an experienced attorney will look to a number of sources, such as police reports, state traffic laws, and witnesses, to help you determine who was at fault for your collision.
Courts look to a number of factors in determining whether a driver was negligent. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals;
- Failing to signal while turning;
- Driving above or below the posted speed limit;
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions;
- Failing to drive on the right side of the road; and
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Auto Accident Settlement Negotiations
Insurance companies are ultimately businesses looking to make a profit. It’s their goal to settle all claims quickly, and with the smallest payout possible. In some cases, the other driver may be underinsured or not insured at all. Whatever the situation, a skilled Maryland car crash attorney at Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC can help you determine the best course of action.
Before an insurance company adjuster will put a settlement offer on the table, the insurance company will need to accept liability for the accident. Your attorney will then need to submit a settlement demand package to the adjuster. A settlement demand package will include copies of all of your related medical records and bills and will contain a monetary demand for settlement. In some cases, the initial settlement demand may be the full amount of the available policy limits.
The amount of the initial demand depends upon a variety of factors, including:
- The policy limits
- The amount of the medical bills
- The amount of any lost wages incurred
- Whether or not the accident victim sustained permanent injuries and damages
- The nature of your injuries (e.g., soft tissue injuries versus fractures)
- The extent of your pain, suffering, and other noneconomic damages
- The need for future medical care and treatment
Once the insurance company’s adjuster reviews the demand package, the adjuster may place a settlement offer on your case. Initial settlement offers are usually low because the insurance company wants to see if it can settle your case quickly and cheaply. Throughout settlement negotiations, the settlement demand gradually decreases, while the insurance company’s settlement offer generally increases. This process continues until the parties settle the case or reach an impasse and a lawsuit is filed.
Do I Need a Lawyer After My Car Accident?
A qualified Maryland car accident lawyer will understand the importance of establishing liability for the crash. Was the other driver negligent or driving distracted? This can sometimes be difficult to prove. An attorney can view phone records to see if the other driver was talking or texting when the crash occurred. Were there clues at the scene to show the other driver didn’t yield right-of-way? Was the other driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol? There are many facets of every collision that should be explored. In some cases, the government agency in charge of maintaining the road may be at fault for poor road conditions or malfunctioning safety lights. In some cases, the manufacturer of your vehicle may be held liable for auto product defects.
At Alpert Schreyer Poe, our lawyers understand the many difficulties that you and your family are trying to overcome. It can be a battle holding negligent parties liable for your injuries. Especially when complex matters surrounding auto insurance play a role. In achieving successful case outcomes for our clients, we are dedicated to ensuring that you receive just compensation for your injuries.
He got the results I needed.- Former Client
He remained dedicated and professional throughout my process.- B.T.
I thank you for your professional assistance.- R.E.
You saved my life from potentially devastating consequences.- K.K.
Thank you!- R.R.
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