Maryland Car Accident Attorneys
Helping You Rebuild & Recover After a Serious Auto Accident
We hear about car accidents 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.
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.
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.
Why You Need an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
People who are injured in car accidents don’t only suffer the physical effects of their injuries, they also suffer the mental and financial aftermath as well. Depending on the severity of the 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.
We've helped clients who have suffered:
Proving Liability in Car Accident Cases
As with other types of accidents, figuring out who is at fault is one of the most important elements to recovering compensation. Fault issues can be complicated but an experienced attorney will look at a number of sources, such as police reports, state traffic laws, and witnesses to help you determine who was at fault for your collision.
In some cases, the government agency in charge of maintaining the road may be at fault for poor road conditions or malfunctioning safety lights. The manufacturer of your vehicle can also be held liable for your accident if a product design or auto part was defective.
There are many facets of every collision that should be explored and a qualified Maryland car accident lawyer will understand the importance of establishing liability for your accident.
How is Compensation Awarded in Maryland?
There are generally two types of negligence in auto accident cases: contributorynegligence and comparative negligence. The State of Maryland operates under the contributory negligence rule, which takes an all or nothing view of personal injury damages. If the victim of a car accident is found to be even slightly at fault, they are disqualified from pursuing damages.
The contributory negligence rule doesn't just affect your personal injury lawsuit, it also guides insurance adjusters when evaluating your auto accident claim, which can result in a low-ball settlement offer. It is not uncommon for the at-fault driver and their insurance to shift blame in order to reduce the amount of damages they are responsible for. In order to protect your rights after an accident it's crucial that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible!
Call (301) 812-4777 today to speak with our team about your case!
Settlement Negotiations with the Insurance Company
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 accident 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.
Recover the Compensation You Deserve with Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC
In our 30+ years of service, we've helped thousands of people in Maryland recover the compensation they deserve. Our attorneys handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing upfront and owe us nothing if we aren't able to achieve satisfactory results.
Our firm has offices across Maryland to best serve you no matter where your accident takes place:
Q:What Steps Should I Take Immediately after an Accident?
A:The steps you take immediately following an auto accident are very important. In order to help ensure that you receive just compensation for any injuries and/or property damage you and your vehicle have sustained, you must be able to prove fault.Step 1: If you are seriously injured, seek immediate medical attention! Your health is your top priority. If you have suffered only minor injuries, you should still seek medical attention, but can do so after these next steps.Step 2: Call the police. Having an official police report will help you when the time comes to file a claim with the insurance company.Step 3: Use your phone or camera to take pictures of the scene. Be sure to take pictures of any damage to your vehicle and any injuries you may have suffered.Step 4: Take witness statements and write down witness contact information.Step 5: Contact an attorney. Getting all the necessary information after a collision is one thing, but obtaining the compensation you need to recover from the crash is another. Having the skills and resources of a knowledgeable lawyer at your disposal will help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Q:When Can Victims Recover Compensation for Their Injuries?
A:Car accident victims are legally entitled to compensation when the crash in which they were involved was the result of someone else’s negligent conduct. Negligence occurs when a person fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by a person in the same or similar circumstances. In addition, under Maryland law, when a person violates a statute and that violation results in the type of harm that the statute was enacted to prevent, that violation is evidence of negligence.As a car accident victim, remember that it’s not just other drivers that can cause serious accidents. In some cases, the negligence of a vehicle manufacturer or the state agency responsible for the design and maintenance roadways could cause a serious accident. In many cases, accidents caused by these parties are single-vehicle accidents, leading many victims to wrongly assume that their accident was their fault. For this reason, it’s critical for all accident victims to have their case reviewed by an experienced attorney, even if no other vehicles were involved. If you don’t, it’s possible that you’ll miss out on significant compensation for your accident-related losses.
Q:Do You Need an Attorney if the Insurance Company has Indicated that It Intends to Settle Your Case?
A:If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident and have not yet retained an attorney, there’s a good chance that you’ve already by contacted an insurance company looking to settle your case. The fact that the insurance company isn’t contesting liability and is offering to write a check often gives victims the mistaken impression that there’ no reason to consult with a lawyer. As a car accident victim, it’s important to keep in mind that the insurance company that you’re dealing with is a for-profit business and, as a result, is doing everything it can to settle your claim for as little as possible.- Some of the tactics that insurance companies use to minimize their payout include the following:- Pressuring victims to provide a recorded statement in order to help them “process” their claim. In reality, insurance companies take these statements in an effort to trick victims into saying things that they can use to justify a lower settlement offer.- Taking an unreasonable amount of time to make a settlement offer, knowing that victims’ medical bills and other expenses are piling up, knowing that financial pressure will make it more likely that victims will settle for less.- Requesting overbroad medical record authorizations, hoping to find anything in victims’ pasts that could be used as evidence of pre-existing injuries or conditions.- Misrepresenting the damages that victims are legally entitled to seek. An adjuster may imply that victims are not entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering or that your compensation is capped at a certain amount.Car accident victims need to retain a lawyer to represent them during settlement negotiations. An attorney will be able to assess the value of your claim and present evidence of your damages to the insurance company, putting pressure on them to settle your case for what it is actually worth. Furthermore, when you retain an attorney, the insurance company knows that there’s a more realistic possibility that you will sue if they do not make a reasonable settlement offer, significantly strengthening your position in negotiations.
Q:How Much Will Legal Representation Cost Me?
A:If you’re like many car accident victims, you are concerned about how much it’s going to cost to retain an attorney to represent you. This is understandable, particularly when you’re looking at medical bills, lost income, and the other losses that victims commonly incur. Fortunately, you can retain an attorney with no up-front costs. The lawyers of Alpert Schreyer Poe will review the facts of your case at no charge and advise you as to whether you may have a claim. In addition, we will never collect legal fees from you unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. By using this type of contingent-fee arrangement, we ensure that car accident victims can get the legal representation they need regardless of their ability to pay.
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We have over 30 years of experience serving injured clients across Maryland and DC.
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We are willing to visit injury victims at their homes if they are severely injured or bereaved.
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We are so confident in our abilities that we do not charge a legal fee unless you receive compensation.
We are not afraid to battle any party, whether big or small, both in and out of the courtroom.
We commit to staying up-to-date on the latest developments in Maryland injury law.
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