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Our Charles County car accident attorney can help you pursue compensation for losses that resulted from your car accident. Our attorney is prepared to thoroughly investigate the accident to build a case with the details of how it occurred and identify which party or parties are responsible.
Our legal team can work with experts and accident reconstruction specialists, if necessary, to fully understand what caused the crash and who was at fault. Once the responsible parties are identified, our attorney can begin negotiating with those parties and their insurers to try to obtain a fast and full settlement of your claim so that you receive the compensation you need as soon as possible.
We know that insurance companies try to settle claims for as little money as possible. We are ready to fight back against their tactics to aggressively pursue a settlement that is fair and covers all your losses.
If a settlement is not possible, our Charles County car accident attorney has the experience to take your case to court. He will fight for you before the judge and jury to seek a verdict in your favor to provide you with all the compensation you’re entitled to.
Compensation in a Maryland or D.C. Car Accident Claim
If you’ve been involved in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to several different kinds of compensation.
For your personal injuries, you may be entitled to two different types of compensation: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are intended to compensate an injured victim for a specific monetary loss that he or she has suffered. Non-economic damages are intended to compensate a victim for subjective losses that are not quantifiable by something like a invoice or a paycheck.
Examples of economic damages include:
- Past and future medical expenses, including hospital bills, surgeries, prescription medication, doctor’s office visits, medical equipment, and even renovations to your home to accommodate disabilities caused by injuries you’ve suffered in the car accident
- Past and future lost income, including lost income or wages due to work missed because of your injuries and compensation for any difference between your pre-accident and post-accident incomes caused by inability to work due to your injuries
Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering, which provides compensation for physical and emotional or mental distress caused by your accident and injuries
- Loss of quality of life, which can represent your lack of ability to participate in activities you enjoyed prior to the accident or limited ability to perform tasks of daily living
- Loss of companionship, which compensates your spouse or your family for the loss of your society and services to the family
In a car accident claim you may also be entitled to claim compensation for the damage to your vehicle, whether it is the cost to repair your vehicle or the value of the vehicle if it is deemed a total loss.
Maryland and the District of Columbia are two of a handful of jurisdictions in the country that still follow the contributory negligence doctrine in car crashes. This doctrine states that if you bear any share of responsibility for the car accident, you will be barred from seeking compensation from any party, even if that party was primarily responsible for the accident. This makes it critical to work with an attorney who can show that you were in no way to blame for the crash.
Time Limit for Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit in Maryland and D.C.
The law imposes a time limit for filing a lawsuit for a car accident. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. In both Maryland and the District of Columbia, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit for personal injury or property damage from a car accident is three years from the date of the accident.
A basis to extend the statute of limitations exists for minors. A minor has three years from their 18th birthday to pursue a claim arising from a car accident.
The statute of limitations is usually a strict bar to bringing a claim. This means you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to get your case started.
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in a Car Accident
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, there are steps you can take to begin to prepare your legal claim for compensation.
You should seek medical attention immediately after or as soon as possible after the accident, even if you do not think your injuries are very serious. Some potentially serious injuries may not show symptoms immediately, but the injury could be detected sooner during a medical examination.
Prompt medical attention means that you can start treatment more quickly, improving your medical outlook. Identifying injuries soon after your accident also means that you are better able to identify the accident as the cause of your injuries, rather than giving an opposing party a chance to claim that your injuries were unrelated to the crash.
At the scene, if you’re able, you should take photos. These photos should include the vehicles and their damage, any skid marks on the road, the conditions of the road (including potholes, black ice, etc.), the lighting and weather conditions at the time of the accident, and the traffic controls at the scene of the accident.
You should also begin collecting other evidence of your damages if you are able to. This includes collecting bills and invoices for your medical expenses and tracking the time you missed from work and the wages you lose. It may also be helpful to document how your injuries affect your life. Not only will it help bolster your credibility in regard to the severity of your injuries, but it will also provide evidentiary support if you make a claim for pain and suffering damages.
You should speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. You have a limited period by law in which to file a legal claim for your injuries. You will want to give yourself and your attorney as much time as possible to investigate your accident and prepare a case.
You may be contacted by insurance companies soon after the accident to give a recorded statement or accept a quick settlement. Remember that you do not need to say anything to or sign anything from the insurance company without having it first reviewed by an attorney.
Catastrophic Car Accident Injuries in Maryland and D.C.
Car accidents are capable of causing very serious and significant injuries. The law often refers to more serious injuries as “catastrophic” injuries, defining them as injuries that are capable of keeping an injured personal from working or completing the tasks associated with daily life.
Some common car accident injuries that are catastrophic in nature include:
- Broken bones – especially broken bones in the arms and legs, broken ribs, broken shoulder bones, and broken vertebrae
- Soft tissue injuries – injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the joints, including strains and tears
- Neck and back injuries – injuries such as whiplash injuries and back muscle strains
- Burns – caused either by being thrown from a vehicle and sliding across the pavement, or burns caused by fires that occur immediately following an accident
- Internal organ injuries – including bruising and bleeding caused by blunt force trauma, or lacerations to organs caused by perforation injuries
- Amputations of fingers, hands, arms, feet, and legs
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries – including fractured skulls, concussions, brain bleeds, and comas
The safety systems of modern vehicles have decreased the likelihood of catastrophic injuries in car accidents, but unfortunately, catastrophic injuries can still occur in car accidents at nearly any speed.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents often occur when one or more drivers become inattentive behind the wheel and or fail to follow the rules of the road. Although car accidents occur for any number of reasons, some of the more common causes of car accidents are:
- Following too closely or tailgating
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Failure to observe surrounding traffic
- Distracted driving
- Texting or using a cell phone while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Failure to obey traffic controls (such as running a red light or stop sign)
- Failure to signal turns or lane changes
- Failure to properly maintain the vehicle (including driving on underinflated tires or worn brakes)
Talk to a Charles County Car Accident Lawyer at Trollinger Law Now
If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by someone else, it is critical that you speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Don’t wait another day to pursue the financial recovery you deserve.
Contact our Charles County car accident attorney today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your accident claim and learn more about how Trollinger Law can help you seek the compensation you need and deserve.