The Rice, Murtha & Psoras represent car accident injury victims and their families. Our attorneys pride themselves in working to achieve justice for car accident victims and help them seek compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one was involved in a car crash in Maryland and suffered serious injuries, or if a loved one was killed in a car crash, consider calling our Gaithersburg, MD car accident attorneys today.
Your hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering may be severe after a car accident, but you may be entitled to financial compensation to cover these damages. For help with your case, call the Rice, Murtha & Psoras to schedule a free case consultation. Our attorneys can help you understand what your case might be worth and how to best seek compensation for your injuries. To schedule your free legal consultation, call (410) 694-7291 today.
Suing for Injuries in a Car Crash in Maryland
If you were involved in a car accident, you may have suffered serious injuries. These injuries could lead to expensive medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering that entitles you to sue the at-fault driver. When you file a lawsuit for car accident injuries, you are entitled to claim any damages that result from the injuries, including these three areas.
Many car accident injuries are mild and can be treated with first aid. This would include minor cuts and scrapes and other simple injuries. More severe injuries like whiplash, simple bone fractures, and back injuries are also quite common.
More severe injuries are rare, but some of these injuries can be absolutely debilitating. If you suffer serious head trauma, brain trauma, spinal cord injury, traumatic amputation, or permanent or life-threatening injuries, you could be entitled to substantial compensation to cover your needs.
When you seek this compensation through a car insurance claim, the insurance company may not pay full damages. Instead, you may need to file your case in court to open the chance to claim pain and suffering damages and to claim the full value of other costs and damages.
Suing for Minor Car Accidents
Car accidents that happen at low speeds or involve small amounts of vehicle damage can still lead to physical injuries that require compensation. Car accidents in parking lots or neighborhoods can commonly produce whiplash injuries, back injuries, and other moderate injuries that may still involve prolonged pain and suffering.
Whiplash and back injuries in particular often occur in rear-end collisions and low-speed accidents. These injuries can result in ongoing pain and suffering, even after the initial injury has healed. Whiplash injuries may make it hard to return to work, and low-back injuries can make day-to-day activities like sitting, standing, and walking very difficult.
Do not brush these accidents off as “too minor” – you may still be entitled to file a lawsuit and seek compensation. Talk to a lawyer before filing your case with an insurance company or accepting a settlement from the at-fault driver.
What to Do After a Car Crash
When you are involved in a car crash, your first priority should be to get to safety and seek medical attention. If your car is in working condition, pull it to the side of the road and clear the roadway. Then, call 9-1-1 for a police officer and, if there are any injuries, an ambulance.
The EMTs who respond with the ambulance can advise you and anyone else with injuries whether they should go to the hospital or whether emergency treatment at the scene is enough. However, you should still follow up with your doctor or another physician the next day, as many back and spine injuries take a few hours to “set in,” and you might not notice them until the next morning.
If you are well enough to stay at the scene of the accident, collect the following information from each driver involved:
- Their name and contact info
- Their driver’s license number
- Their insurance information
- Their car’s make, model, license plate number, and registration information
If you have a working cell phone or another camera, take pictures of the accident scene. Taking photos of the accident scene as a whole, the damage to each vehicle, the injuries anyone sustained, and the other important sights at the accident scene can help show a jury how the crash happened.
You should also collect information about the following:
- The location of the accident (e.g., the road name and mile marker or nearest crossroad)
- Lighting and weather conditions at the time of the crash
- Traffic lights and signs posted in the area
- Any possible traffic cameras or security cameras that might have captured the accident
- Any witnesses that might have seen the crash
If you are too injured and must go straight off to the hospital, the police will likely collect this information to put it in a report. You may be entitled to a copy of this report, and you may be able to contact the responding officer to testify to what happened in the aftermath of the crash. If you had someone else in your vehicle or can have a friend or family member respond to the crash, they can also collect this information, take pictures, and testify as to what happened after the crash.
Call Our Gaithersburg Car Accident Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a car crash in Gaithersburg, MD or the surrounding areas, call the Rice, Murtha & Psoras today to set up a free legal consultation on your injury case. Our attorneys are prepared to handle car accident cases on behalf of injury victims and their families, and we work to get you the compensation you need. For your free legal consultation, call our law offices today at (410) 694-7291.