Maryland Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer
Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the “number one killer of people between the ages of 4 to 34 in Maryland? Or that every year, traffic collisions in the Commonwealth claim more lives than homicides? Or that more than 90 percent of the total number of crashes that occur in the state ever are preventable and are due to driver error? The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) keeps track of these statistics, and many more, and all serve to make the point that accidents or crashes involving a variety of vehicles are common occurrence on Maryland roadways and, sadly, many of those crashes can cause catastrophic injuries. If you have been so injured, you would be wise to retain the services of a dedicated Maryland motor vehicle accident lawyer.
Your attorney can help you determine who was at fault and whether you have a valid claim for damages. If so, you could receive compensation for a variety of issues, including medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, injuries and diminished quality of life.
What Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents Qualify?
There are as many motor vehicle claims as there types of vehicles on the road. They can include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Metro accidents
- Boat accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
What Factors into MD Motor Vehicle Claims?
All motor vehicle accident cases are unique and as such, your specific case will likely hinge on a variety of factors or circumstances. The following is a list of factors that a jury or judge will take into account when determining the value of the harms and losses you have suffered. A dedicated Maryland motor vehicle accident attorney will understand all of these factors and will work to build the strongest claim possible based upon one or more of the following factors:
- Who was at fault in the accident;
- Was alcohol or drugs a factor in the accident;
- What was the condition of the vehicles prior to and following the collision;
- How severe are your injuries;
- Were there any witnesses to the crash and, if so, the credibility of the witnesses;
- What are the extent of the harms and losses you have suffered?
Another important factor that will come into play in your claim is the location of your trial. Juries and judges in rural areas, such as Baltimore County and Wicomico County, may react different to your claim than those located in more heavily populated areas, such as Baltimore City and Montgomery County. It’s an obvious benefit for you to retain a Maryland motor vehicle accident lawyer who has experience in a variety of these jurisdictions and who is well acquainted with the local judges and court authorities in these regions.
Who Will Pay My Claim?
Most people who seek compensation via personal injury claim are paid by the at-fault party’s insurance company. Insurance companies are aggressive in handling these matters and many resort to pressure tactics to persuade victims to accept paltry settlements before they truly understand the scope of their injuries and damage to their vehicle or other property. Most insurance companies use computer software to calculate settlement amounts following an accident. Some of the specific factors that the insurance company’s software will account for when determining an initial offer will include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- The severity of the collision;
- Medical records pertaining to injuries that resulted from the crash;
- Damage or police reports on your vehicle and other property;
- Lost wages or time missed from work as a result of your injuries;
- The location of the accident and other pertinent data, such as the time of day and traffic patterns.
- And the location of the court should your claim go to trial.
Insurance companies scrutinize the extent of the injuries sustained as a result of a crash, and in particular will look at whether the injuries are permanent or require on-going treatment. Do not assume, however, that only those who have suffered permanent injury can be successful in a personal injury claim.
An experienced personal injury attorney will know what evidence to secure and produce in your effort to secure a fair settlement claim. That includes proof of injury via medically objective diagnostic tests, which is very complex term to describe things like x-rays which reveal broken bones or a CT scan that can determine if a traumatic brain injury or damage was sustained. More subjective injuries, like depression, anxiety, headaches, dizziness, and muscle spasms, are also worth monetary value. A Maryland motor vehicle injury attorney can help you calculate a fair settlement for these issues, and he will be prepared to fight for compensation in court if an appropriate settlement cannot be reached.
It’s important to note that the insurance company of the at-fault party will also take into consideration the attorney you have hired and whether or not they are likely to put pup little fight and accept a low-ball offer, or if you have retained the services of a staunch litigator. Settlement offers may reflect whether your lawyer has a successful case history. If the insurance companies are investigating this aspect of your legal representation, you should be as thorough as well.
A Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Can Help
If the idea of insurance companies using computer programs to determine your worth and the price of suffering seems cold and calculating, that’s because it is. You do not, however, have to accept an initial offer and, in fact, you should not do so unless you have consulted with a qualified Maryland motor vehicle accident attorney who will be able to advise you on the first steps to take following your accident and guide you while you deal with your accident.
Pain and suffering is one of the primary factors that a jury will weigh and a factor that an insurance company will want to avoid or minimize. A personal injury attorney can push back at the insurance company for a fair settlement offer. If the offer is not enough to cover the damages, he will be ready to fight for your claim and your rights to compensation for your pain and suffering in court. Look for a deft litigator with extensive success in this arena and who is ready to take on your case. Call our Maryland law office today for a free, initial legal consultation.