Car accidents most commonly cause property damage and vehicle damage that seriously inconvenience the victims but does not cause physical harm. Many cases dealing with property damage alone can be handled through insurance, but when a car crash involves personal injury, an insurance claim may fail to fully cover the costs of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Instead, you may be better off filing your claim in court with the help of an experienced car accident lawyer.
Aspen Hill car accident attorney Randolph Rice represents injury victims in lawsuits against negligent drivers and other parties liable for your car crash. If you were injured in a car crash and need help filing your case, contact the Rice, Murtha & Psoras today to learn more about suing for car accident injuries and getting the compensation you deserve. For your free legal consultation, call us at (410) 694-7291.
Filing a Lawsuit for Car Accident Injuries in Maryland
Injury victims are traditionally allowed to file a lawsuit with the court to seek to have their medical care and other damages paid for. The party who caused the accident can be held responsible through a personal injury lawsuit, with the court ordering them to pay any damages stemming from the accident.
Typically, car accident injury cases work on a theory of “negligence.” Rather than claiming that the other driver intentionally hit you or tried to cause you harm, you claim that the accident should have been prevented, and it was only because they failed to use the proper skill or carelessly disobeyed a duty behind the wheel that you were injured. When you sue a driver this way, it is often easier than trying to prove that they did anything intentional, and you can get compensation for any accident they caused through carelessness or inattention.
To prove the other driver was at fault, you will need to point to something specific that they did wrong. In some cases, this could mean arguing that something they did behind the wheel was unreasonably dangerous, such as looking away from the road or driving faster than the road conditions allowed. You could alternatively point to traffic laws designed to keep other people safe. Laws against speeding, drunk driving, reckless driving, running stop signs, and other dangerous activities help keep other drivers safe, and violating these laws demonstrates a clear violation of your duties on the road.
Once you prove their fault by showing what errors they made behind the wheel, you need to prove the damages you suffered, and then the court can rule in your favor and award you compensation for the injuries you faced.
Damages for a Car Crash in Maryland
In a car accident case, vehicle owners are often concerned with the damage to their car. While auto insurance may be enough to cover the damage to your vehicle, your first concern should be the damages you faced for physical injuries instead of the vehicle damage. The cost of medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering related to your injuries make up the most common damages you can claim in a car accident injury lawsuit.
The damages for medical expenses should cover any medical care costs associated with your accident. This means covering not only the cost of an ambulance ride or emergency surgery, but also the ongoing cost of medical care related to your accident, the cost of rehabilitation and physical therapy, and the cost of crutches, wheelchairs, and other devices necessary to help with your recovery.
The damages you face for lost wages should cover any reduced income you faced because of the crash. When a driver hits you with their car and injures you, they should cover the cost of any impact that has on your earnings and ability to support yourself and your family. This means paying for the wages you missed while you were recovering from the injuries as well as any wages you will miss in the future if the injury was severe or caused ongoing health problems or disabilities.
The damages for pain and suffering are sometimes called “noneconomic” damages because they are not based on financial records. These damages are based not on facts and figures you can prove with bills and financial statements but instead on your personal experiences. Everyone experiences pain differently, and you should be entitled to damages based on your own experience of pain and discomfort as well as the depression, reduced enjoyment, and other difficulties that go along with serious injury.
These damages can be proven by any relevant records and statements you have as well as your testimony. Some damages require calculations to project the cost into the future, and your lawyer may use a financial expert to help calculate the ongoing and future damages you deserve. The cost of pain and suffering damages may be calculated, in part, by comparing your injuries to injuries in other cases and looking at the damages paid for similar injuries, but your attorney will help guide you through that process. It is vital to understand that the other driver or their insurance company does not represent your interests, and you should consult with your own attorney rather than trust their valuation of the case.
Call Our Aspen Hill Car Crash Attorney Today
If you or a loved one was injured in a car crash in Aspen Hill, Maryland or another nearby town, contact the Rice, Murtha & Psoras today. Our Aspen Hill car accident injury lawyer may be able to help you with your case and work to get you the damages you and your family need for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to your car accident. To schedule your free legal consultation with our attorneys, call us today at (410) 694-7291.