Recovering from the death of a loved one can seem like an impossible task, especially if it feels like the person responsible never faces the consequences of their actions. Even if you get a favorable verdict, the losses you have suffered will be slow to fade, if they ever do. Sometimes, the only remedy is to take action yourself to hold the responsible parties accountable after a deadly car accident.
If you have lost someone close to you following a fatal accident in Baltimore, know that the team at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice stand ready to pursue justice on your behalf. Randolph Rice is a former assistant state’s attorney with more than a decade of experience with both civil and criminal cases. In his time practicing law, he has represented clients in courtrooms across Maryland; let him put his skills to work for you. To schedule your free consultation, visit us online or call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today at (410) 694-7291.
Causes of Car Accidents in Baltimore
Like any major city, Baltimore has its share of crashes and accidents, many of which cause significant pain and suffering. The causes of these accidents are often quite ordinary, but the effects they have on the people of the city can be devastating. Below are some of the most common causes of accidents in Baltimore.
The list of factors that lead to distracted driving is long, but the most likely cause these days is using the phone while driving. Even just a simple text message can bring about the loss of a family member, a fact too often lost on drivers. Tuning the radio, turning on the air conditioning, and even adjusting the rear-view mirror — the most mundane actions can cause motorists to take their eyes off the road, leading to disaster.
Driving Under the Influence
One of the deadliest things a person can do is get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated. Between the impaired judgement and slowed reaction time, the odds of a drunk driver causing an accident are significantly higher than those with a sober driver. Add in the fact that each of these irresponsible individuals has control over a massive machine traveling at dozens of miles an hour, and the danger becomes readily apparent.
While the majority of car accidents are caused by human error, there is always a chance that outside factors can lead to an accident. Uneven road surfaces, debris and potholes, improper signage or faulty traffic lights — each of these could potentially cause a deadly accident.
Finding Fault After a Car Accident in Maryland
Like many states, Maryland uses an insurance system based on “fault,” wherein the driver who was injured or who suffered losses is entitled to pursue a claim directly against the responsible parties without having to exhaust all insurance options first.
This is good news for anyone who has been the victim of a careless driver, as Maryland only requires a paltry $30,000 in coverage for those who have been injured or killed. Because this amount is almost certainly insufficient to address the losses that accompany the death of someone close to you, a lawsuit will probably be required.
However, determining fault is often a tricky endeavor. The blame rarely falls entirely on a single individual, forcing attorneys and judges to take into account a wide variety of causes, including:
- Traffic conditions in the area at the time of the accident
- The condition of the roadway
- Whether any mechanical failure occurred
Figuring out who or what contributed to the accident requires meticulous reviews of the details surrounding the incident, reviews best handled by a professional. Ultimately, the extent to which another party is at fault will determine the portion of damages for which they are responsible under Maryland law.
The responsible parties may not be what you expect, either. If an accident occurred because of a faulty brake line or some other defective car part, chances are that the manufacturer could be held liable for the result of that part’s malfunction. Similarly, if there was an issue with the roadway — if there was damage to the surface or some other issue — the local municipality could be held responsible for failing to properly maintain the area.
Attorney Seeking Compensation for Car Accident Victims
In the wake of a tragic car accident, many concerns take precedence over money, and rightly so. Still, the loss of a loved one can take a serious financial toll on a family, and seeking compensation from those responsible for your loss can be an effective — and just — means of supporting yourself and your family. No matter how serious the economic damages may be, know that you do not have to face them alone; the Law Offices of Randolph Rice can help you through this difficult time. Call us today at (410) 694-7291 or visit us online to set up your free consultation.