Maryland Car Accident Attorney
Working with a Maryland car accident lawyer can make a significant difference in your ability to successfully file your claim, deal with aggressive insurance companies, and pursue your
When you’re the victim of a car accident, the effects can be life-altering. Your injuries, whether temporary or permanent, could prevent you from working in the field of your expertise now and in the future. Your medical bills could be insurmountable, particularly if you lack adequate health care coverage. You could also experience prolonged pain and suffering, forever changing the life you were expecting to lead. Substantial property damage may also be contributing to your stress, particularly if you and your family need your vehicle on a daily basis. The good news is that a Maryland car accident lawyer is familiar with the difficulties that can arise from a car collision. (En Español)
If you want specific information about other kinds of auto collisions, visit these pages to learn more:
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Public Transportation
- Train Accidents
- Metro accidents
- Boat accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Rental car accidents
An experienced car accident attorney in Maryland can answer your most pressing questions and help you understand the options available to you. If you retain legal representation, your attorney will examine each aspect of your auto accident lawsuit in order to build a strong case, while helping you navigate the challenging adjustment to the harm and losses you have suffered.
Our Maryland office is also home to an auto accident practice group that can help clients dealing with other types of accidents that involve other mechanized modes of transportation. For further information about car accident cases in particular, see the pages listed below:
- First Things To Do Following a Car Accident
- What Needs to Be Proven in a Car Accident Case
- Main Players In a Car Accident Claim
- Damages in Car Accident Cases
- Biggest Myths About Car Accidents in Maryland
- Our Approach to Car Accident Cases in Maryland
Predicting Settlement Values in Maryland Accident Cases
Predicting the value of a settlement in any personal injury case, including ones involving a car crash, can be extremely difficult. In fact, even the most experienced Maryland car accident lawyers will only be able to arrive at a rough initial estimate due to the fact that there are so many factors in play, including ones that may be examined by a jury, the defendant’s insurance company, or both. Juries use human reasoning, logic, and the guidance of a judge in order to assess these factors, while insurance companies use standardized software and formulas in order to do the same.
Ultimately, any prediction will be predicated on a fact-intensive investigation of the circumstances surrounding your case, including how the accident happened and the injuries and medical treatment resulting thereafter.
Crucial Factors that Affect Maryland Car Accident Settlements
Every car collision case is unique, but in an area as well-litigated as auto accident cases, there are a number of factors that will have a substantial impact the likelihood and size of potential settlements with the at-fault party and/or their insurance company.
The actual amount of money you may receive will depend on many circumstances of your case, as determined by the jury or the insurance company. Note that if your case never goes to trial, your settlement amount will be based on negotiations between your Maryland car accident lawyer and the defendant’s insurance company. This is why you should look for an attorney you can trust and work with during this process.
Some of the factors that will considered when determining the value of your settlement can include the following, in no particular order:
- Property damage to each vehicle
- Severity, extent, and duration of injuries
- Whether the injuries can be related to the car crash
- Credibility of each driver
- Mechanism of injury
- Whether injuries are permanent or temporary
- Pre-existing injuries
- Subsequent injuries following the crash
- Time lost from work
In Maryland, juries are not given knowledge of whether or not the defendant has an insurance policy that could contribute money toward a settlement.
One additional factor that will influence the size of your settlement is the location or venue of your scheduled trial. The attitude and nature of the jury may differ in rural areas (e.g., Wicomico and Baltimore County) and urban areas (e.g., Baltimore City).
The Influence of Insurance Companies on Accident Settlement Values
Before your case even goes to trial, the defendant’s insurance company will typically submit an initial settlement offer to you and/or your Maryland car accident lawyer. Throughout the entire legal process, the insurance company will assess the following factors using software in order to determine the value of your settlement award:
- The location of the accident and the trial
- Any information submitted by your attorney
- Medical records referring to the injuries you sustained in the crash
- The accident’s severity
- The wages you lost stemming from the crash, as well as wages you may lose in the future
Dealing With a Car Accident in Maryland
When you’re injured in an automobile accident, so many questions arise: Are your injuries permanent? How will they affect your ability to work and lead the life you were expecting to live? How will you pay for the medical bills, especially if you’ll be unable to work for an extended period of time? A qualified Maryland car accident lawyer will examine every detail of your case in order to answer your questions and get you the settlement you deserve. With the proper legal assistance, you can be fully compensated for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, injuries, lost quality of life and more. In fact, our auto accident attorneys frequently agree on settlements well before a trial even occurs.
We also have information available on:
- Maryland Car Accident FAQs
- Rollover Accidents
- Teen Car Accidents
- Icy Road Accidents
- Impaired Driving
- Accidents on the Shoulder of the Road
Benefits of Hiring an Experienced MD Auto Accident Attorney
Entering a courtroom alone is extremely stressful, even for the most confident among us but particularly for someone who has just experienced the physical and emotional trauma associated with being in a auto accident. Insurance companies regularly deploy questionable tactics in an effort to protect their profits, including delaying payments or attempting to grossly underpay injured drivers. Hiring experienced counsel is the best way to take the guesswork out of the legal process and maximize your chances for compensation. Securing compensation serves two purposes: it provides you with the support you need and deserve as you heal and rebuild your life; and it requires those at-fault for your injuries to take responsibility for their negligence. Obtaining experienced local representation also means:
- Time sensitive evidence will be prepared and handled in an effective manner
- Your injury and the cause will be thoroughly investigated
- You will be prepared and confident when it’s time to go to court
Auto Accidents in Maryland
The Maryland landscape is comprised of soggy marsh land, sandy dunes, bumpy mountain terrain, and acres of pine groves. In addition to the challenges posed by this landscape, the weather is often unpredictable as are the road conditions. With nearly 6 million residents, Maryland is ranked among the ten smallest states. The region, nonetheless, remains densely populated in several areas and attracts millions more on their way to and from Washington, DC. Given all these factors, the potential for involvement in a motor vehicle crash in Maryland is high, as is the potential for auto accident injuries.
According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration, there were more than 5 million auto collisions reported by police departments across the country in 2012, 2011 and 2010. In addition, the NHTSA indicates there were more than 2 million reports of injuries for each of those years, and more than 30,000 deaths as a result of such incidents in 2012. Fatalities dipped slightly in 2011 to just under 30,000, but were at more than 30,000 in 2010.
It is estimated a large percentage of accidents are caused by driver negligence. If you have suffered injuries as a result of a Maryland automobile crash, obtaining dedicated legal counsel in a timely fashion could help maximize the results of your potential injury claim. For information regarding your potential for compensation, contact a dedicated Maryland auto accident lawyer.
Causes of Auto Accidents in Maryland
There are a wide variety of conditions that can result in collisions on the road, but driver negligence including texting, distraction, sleepiness, and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of intoxicants remain among the leading causes of vehicular mishaps. Some other common causes include:
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Impaired nighttime vision
- Construction and roadwork
- Vehicle malfunctions
In the state of Maryland, SHA crews are currently performing roadwork in some two dozen counties which requires the closure of traffic lanes. Potholes remain an ongoing problem statewide and the roadwork associated with repairing highways can prove hazardous for drivers. Major highways such as I-495, also known as the Capital Beltway, and U.S. Route 1, which are already subject to congestion, pose problems for residents and commuters alike. Sometimes there are collisions between a car on a highway and another on the shoulder of the road.
Medical Consequences of Car Accidents
Certain injuries sustained in a car collision can hinder your quality of life temporarily or permanently. Some of the most common automobile accident related injuries are:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Neck, back and spine damage
- Internal injuries
- Brain trauma
A number of these conditions can result in the need for ongoing medical treatment as well as a lack of mobility. An individual who suffers from lack of mobility and/or the need for extended medical care could also be inflicted with:
- Expensive hospital bills
- Job loss
- Lost wages
- Inability to perform routine tasks
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The link between the lack of mobility, or compromised mobility, and clinical depression has been investigated in a multitude of studies. One study noted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health used advanced technological equipment to identify symptoms of depression in older adults with limited mobility. The inability to carry out regular physical tasks has also been linked to obesity and weight gain which, in turn, can result in heart conditions, diabetes and various other ailments.
Contact a Maryland Auto Accident Lawyer Today
Sustaining serious injury as a result of a auto accident can be a life-altering experience, but it doesn’t have to severely hinder or limit your future. Whether you were injured as a result of driver negligence, hazardous road conditions, or a weather related collision, you do have the right to fight for compensation for the harms and losses you have suffered. If you are suffering from a auto accident injury in Maryland, contact our auto accident attorneys today for a free, initial legal consultation.
Review By Roger W.
Above and Beyond My Expectations
When I first had the accident it was sad experience where I ended up with an injury to my right leg. I began to search for an attorney online and I actually had someone handling my Personal Injury case from an auto accident in Maryland before I reached attorney John Yannone at the Law office of Price Benowitz, LLP. I was disappointed by the previous lawyer due to the lack of professionalism. When I contacted the lawyer, John Yannone, I expected to be asked for a consultation fee but o my surprise and benefit there was no fee for anything until my case was solved. Not only was I charged by contingency but they also provided me a discount on the percentage I was told originally. The office personally contacted all medical parties involved to assure that they would negotiate the fees to best provide me the settlement I desperately needed. The office staff, Amanda Garcia in particular, is the incarnation of great professionalism. Price Benowitz, LLP has gone above and beyond my expectations and I cannot wait to contact them if I ever have another incident or to refer anyone to this office. I would personally want to thank John Yannone, Amanda Garcia and the rest of the staff for the incredible job they did keeping informed everyday about the status of my case.