Anne Arundel Car Accident Lawyer

Car accidents happen every day in Anne Arundel County. Fortunately, many of these accidents cause only minor damage, but some result in serious injuries.

Although a car accident does not usually involve deliberate wrongdoing on the part of anyone involved, many times the accident occurs because someone failed to act responsibly.  In these cases, that party should bear liability for the effects of the accident.

An Anne Arundel car accident lawyer could assess a situation to determine whether a driver or other party should be held liable for the collision. An experienced attorney could also provide guidance when it comes to answering questions from insurance companies, making statements, or evaluating settlement offers.

Good News/Bad News When It Comes to Recovery Through a Lawsuit

Those suffering injuries in car accidents often miss time from work, which reduces their income. They also end up with extra medical bills and may need to take costly actions to compensate for the effects of the injury, such as hiring extra help or making home modifications.

When another person is at fault for causing the accident, it seems only fair to shift the burden of expense to that person. An injured driver or passenger may seek compensation from the party at fault by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Unlike some “no-fault” jurisdictions, Maryland allows drivers to recover from the person who caused the accident rather than filing a claim with their own insurance company.

However, the bad news is that the state’s law is that of referred to as the contributory negligence. Under this law, if an injured person’s conduct is found to have contributed to the cause of the accident even to a small degree, then any recovery may be barred.

Those Injured in Car Accidents Can Receive Different Types of Compensation

If a person hurt in a car accident is able to prove that another person caused the accident due to their negligent behavior, then the injured person may be entitled to different types of compensation, commonly called damages. Monetary damages can cover numerous losses, both economic losses and intangible losses.

Compensation for the economic effects of an accident includes money to cover expenses such as:

  • Hospital bills
  • Visits to the doctor
  • Prescriptions
  • Anticipated future medical needs
  • Wages lost due to time missed from work
  • Anticipated future lost wages
  • Reduced future earning potential
  • Home assistance or modifications

In addition to the economic harm suffered, a lawsuit may also recover damages for non-economic consequences such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment. An Anne Arundel car accident lawyer can assist in determining the value of future expenses to determine whether a settlement offer adequately provides for future needs.

Contact an Anne Arundel Car Accident Attorney Today

While physical recovery is a top priority after an accident, it is also important to give some thought to managing future needs. In a consultation, an Anne Arundel car accident lawyer could guide you through the process to evaluate needs and explain your options for meeting those needs.

The state statute of limitations limits the amount of time you have in which to file a claim for the accident, particularly when the government is involved. But the most important reason to take action quickly is to collect and preserve valuable evidence which may not be available later. To get started and learn what may be possible in your case, call now.