Injuries from car accidents are one of the most common causes of accidental death. Nonfatal injuries are also incredibly common, with millions of people in the U.S. seeking emergency medical treatment after car accidents each year. If you are one of these people who was injured in a car crash, or if have a family member who was killed in a car accident, contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today.
Car accident victims are often entitled to sue the at-fault driver to seek financial compensation for their vehicle damage, injuries, and other harms resulting from the crash. For a free, confidential legal consultation on your injury case, call our Bethesda, MD car accident lawyers today. Our phone number is (410) 694-7291.
Calculating What Your Car Accident Case is Worth
One of the biggest questions that victims may have after a car accident is how much their case is worth – or if they have a case at all. Any time that you faced vehicle damage or personal injuries in a car crash caused by another driver, you certainly have a potential case. The question of how much your case is worth comes down to the specific facts of your case and a thorough investigation and analysis. Your attorney can help with this step.
It is important to first understand what damages you may be entitled to claim. Typically, the goal of a car accident lawsuit is to put the victim back to where they were before the car crash. That means any expenses stemming from the crash could be claimed as damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Vehicle damage
In a case involving the death of a loved one, it is impossible to put things back how they were. However, there are often many more financial harms and intangible harms that you can seek compensation for, including the following:
- End-of-life medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost companionship
- Lost counsel
- Lost household chores
- Lost investments
Calculating these damages can be complex. In some situations, you may have recovered from your injury already and you know the total cost of medical bills, lost wages, and other financial damages you faced. These can simply be totaled up and presented in court. However, other cases with ongoing or future damages may need the help of a lawyer or financial expert to estimate future damages and calculate the present value of these damages.
The cost of damages for intangible effects like pain and suffering is calculated based on other similar cases and the comparative effect that the injury had on you. For instance, if your pain and suffering make it impossible to participate in activities you love or hold your children, you could face higher damages than if the pain had no permanent effects.
Common Types of Car Crashes in Bethesda, MD
Car crashes tend to occur because of a few common mistakes and causes. Our attorneys commonly handle accidents caused by the following issues and may be able to help with your case as well:
Speed is a factor in causing most car accidents. Even if speed is not the only cause, the fact that the driver was going over the speed limit may have contributed to the accident or enhanced the harm the crash caused. Whichever driver was speeding is often at fault for the crash. If both drivers were speeding, the jury may not consider that a relevant factor in who was at fault and may look to other issues.
Drowsy and Drunk Driving
Drunk drivers have reduced reaction time, reduced judgment, and other deficits in motor skills and mental skills that make them a huge risk behind the wheel. Tired driving has many of these same risks and can make a driver just as dangerous as an intoxicated driver.
Failing to Yield or Stop
Many accidents occur when drivers fail to stop where they are supposed to or fail to yield to another driver who has the right of way. Drivers who run a stop sign or enter an intersection when they shouldn’t can cause serious accidents if another driver hits them. Similarly, failing to yield when merging or entering a highway could force other drivers off the road or force them into other lanes of traffic, causing potentially serious high-speed collisions.
Like speeding, distraction is another common contributing cause in many car accidents. Taking your eyes off the road for a second is often expected, but drivers who have significant mental or physical distractions in their car might be at-fault for a crash. This is especially true of drivers who text while driving, taking their eyes away from the road and their hands away from the wheel. This puts other drivers at risk, and evidence of serious distractions can help prove a driver was at fault for the crash.
Following Too Closely/Tailgating
Drivers who follow too closely are typically violating traffic laws against tailgating. Not only that, but these drivers are putting themselves and others at risk. Keeping a proper following distance helps avoid accidents by giving you enough time to react and enough room to stop your vehicle if there is an emergency need to stop or if the car in front of you stops. This required stopping room is larger at high speeds, so tailgating at highway speeds is especially negligent.
Call Our Bethesda Car Accident Attorneys for a Free Case Consultation
After a car crash, it is vital to speak with an attorney about how much your case is worth and how to maximize your compensation. Our lawyers can help you file a car accident lawsuit and avoid settlements from insurance companies or at-fault drivers that fail to cover your needs in full. Call the Bethesda car crash lawyers at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today to schedule a free initial consultation on your case and to get further help with your car accident lawsuit. Our phone number is (410) 694-7291.