You should speak to an attorney about your legal options if you were injured in a collision with another vehicle. As a car accident victim, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and financial losses, including compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and repairs to your vehicle. Randolph Rice is an experienced Annapolis car accident lawyer serving crash victims throughout Maryland. If you or a family member was hurt in an accident, Randolph Rice can file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit to pursue the compensation you need. To set up a free legal consultation, call today at (410) 694-7291, or contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice online.
Annapolis Car Crash Statistics
Every year, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) publishes a statistical report with information about car accidents, injuries, and fatalities statewide. According to the most recent version of the report available, which contains crash data for 2018, there were nearly 118,000 accidents that year, including more than 83,000 property damage crashes, almost 34,000 injury crashes, and a total of 486 fatal accidents.
While the report does not provide statistics specific to Annapolis, it does offer information about Anne Arundel County, where Annapolis is located. According to the report, nearly 10,700 crashes occurred countywide in 2018, marking the fourth consecutive increase in accidents. According to various news reports, fatal accidents have occurred in or near Annapolis at the following locations in recent years:
- The intersection of Kirby Lane and West Street (MD 450), near Hicks Avenue
- The section of U.S. Route 50 that passes through Anne Arundel County, including a fatal accident reported at the intersection of Route 50 and Ridgely Avenue
File a Car Accident Injury Claim in Annapolis, MD
Some car accidents have straightforward details. However, many give rise to complex insurance disputes, which can lead you to be compensated less than you deserve. You should hire an Annapolis car accident attorney to help file your claim, especially if the crash that injured you involved any of the following factors:
- Extensive damage to your vehicle or personal property
- Hit-and-run drivers
- Intoxicated, distracted, speeding, or fatigued drivers
- Multiple vehicles
- Out-of-state drivers
- Serious or disabling injuries
- Uninsured or underinsured drivers
- Unlicensed drivers
At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we represent injured drivers, passengers, and pedestrians in all types of Maryland car accident claims. We can help you file a claim for:
- Collisions with trucks or buses
- Head-on collisions
- Highway accidents
- Intersection accidents
- Left turn accidents
- Parking garage and parking lot accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Sideswipe accidents
- T-bone collisions
- Uber, Lyft, and taxi accidents
Maryland Car Accident Laws: Fault vs. No-Fault Insurance
Every state follows its own rules when it comes to fault, liability, and insurance coverage after an auto accident. In “no-fault” insurance states, it does not matter which driver caused the collision: the injury victim is generally compensated by his or her own insurer. The catch is that, in a no-fault state, the injury victim’s rights may be somewhat limited when he or she is seeking compensation for pain and suffering, unless the injuries were serious enough to meet certain thresholds.
In “fault” states, the at-fault driver is liable for the victim’s expenses. The at-fault driver’s insurance company will pay up to the policy limits, unless the driver has no insurance, in which case he or she becomes personally responsible. However, the fault system requires the victim to show that the other driver caused the crash.
Maryland, like many states, follows the at-fault system. If you are injured in a car accident in Annapolis – or, for that matter, any other location in Maryland – you may sue the driver who hit you or, more commonly, file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. We can help you pursue damages, or compensation, for medical bills, pain and suffering, vehicle damage, property damage, lost income, and other losses you suffered as a result of the crash.
Annapolis Car Accident Lawyers Serving Maryland
At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we have a strong track record of successfully recovering compensation for seriously injured car accident victims. We know the tactics insurers use when trying to deny coverage, and will work strategically to maximize your recovery, fighting tooth and nail for every dollar that you are owed.
We can assist you with any type of personal injury claim involving an automotive accident, including claims involving broken bones, head or brain injuries, back or spine injuries, burn injuries, cuts and bruises, whiplash or other soft tissue injuries, paralysis, loss of fingers or toes, permanent scarring, and permanent disability or impairment. We also represent crash victims’ spouses and family members in wrongful death claims involving fatal car accidents.
If you were injured in a car crash, or if you have lost a loved one, we are here to support you and seek answers. Contact us online to arrange a free legal consultation, or call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291 to speak with a car accident injury lawyer in Annapolis today.