Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death for many demographics. In cases of severe injury, medical bills can be quite high, and the pain and suffering you face from the injury could require serious financial compensation. Even in low-speed crashes, you could sustain injuries like whiplash or back injuries that might require time off work and other expensive complications.
For help with a car accident injury case, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today. Our Glen Burnie, MD car accident lawyers represent injury victims in lawsuits to seek compensation for injuries, medical expenses, and lost wages. Our lawyers can help you understand your options for seeking compensation and help you maximize the compensation you can receive by filing your claim in the best way for your case. For a free legal consultation on your case, call our law offices today at (410) 694-7291.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Maryland
Driving a car can be incredibly dangerous, and drivers have a lot going on at once. However, drivers are expected to follow certain standards and protocols behind the wheel of the car. When they fail to do so, they can cause serious accidents. Many of these failures happen in the same common ways, leading to the following common car accident scenarios.
Left Turn Accidents
One of the most common ways for two cars to crash occurs when one car has to make a left turn across an oncoming lane of traffic. If the driver fails to properly signal and warn the oncoming cars about the turn, they can cause an accident. They could also hit the other car if they fail to obey a stop sign or red light, if they do not properly estimate the oncoming car’s speed, or if they take the turn too fast to keep control.
Running a Red Light or Stop Sign
When a driver fails to stop at a stop sign or red light, they could quickly find themselves driving at high speeds into cross traffic. Whichever car illegally entered the intersection is typically at-fault in these kinds of crashes. These accidents often result in high-speed crashes and “T-bone” collisions.
If one car is actively tailgating another or gets too close while speeding up or slowing down, they have a shorter distance to react and stop their car if the car in front of them has to stop suddenly. If the rear car hits the front car, it usually happens because the rear car was following too closely for the current conditions or because the front car intentionally “brake-checked” them.
Backing Up Accidents
In parking lots and streets with angled on-street parking, one of the most common causes of accidents is drivers who back up without properly checking behind them. If a driver backs into you in a parking lot, the accident is likely their fault and you can sue them for injuries.
Speed is a factor in many car accidents. Even when it is not the primary cause of the crash, it is commonly a contributing cause; drivers who speed are more likely to commit other serious errors behind the wheel because they have less time to react to dangers.
Compensation for Car Accident Injuries in Maryland
When another driver causes an accident, you may be able to hold them “liable” for the crash. In some instances, their insurance will cover the liability by paying you damages for the injuries and vehicle damage the driver caused you. This can cover some minor cases, but injuries always make a case more complex and may require increased compensation. If you take your case to court, you may be able to claim full damages for your injuries.
The damages paid through insurance often cover lost wages and medical bills from an injury as well as damage to the vehicle. However, insurance policies will typically only cover a percentage of the costs, not the full value. Insurance will also not cover pain and suffering. If your injuries were severe, pain and suffering may be the biggest part of the damages the other driver owes you, and you could miss out by trying to get compensation through an insurance claim.
If you take your case to court, your attorney can argue for full damages. This could potentially include the full cost of any medical expenses, including hospital stays, surgeries, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other expenses. If you missed work or will miss work in the future because of the injuries, you can claim damages for lost wages and reduced earning capacity. Lastly, the damages for pain and suffering can account for the impact the injury has had on your life, the pain and discomfort of the injury, missed opportunities, and other physical and mental effects of the injury.
It is important to talk to an attorney about what your case is worth. The other driver or their insurance company may try to shut down your claim by denying fault or denying compensation. They may alternatively try to offer a low settlement or refuse to cover certain damages you are owed. Your attorney can help you understand what your case should be worth and avoid any low settlements.
Call Our Glen Burnie Car Accident Lawyers for a Free Legal Consultation
If you were injured in a car accident in the Glen Burnie area, contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today. Our personal injury lawyers represent victims of car crashes and members of their family in lawsuits to seek compensation for physical pain, mental suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. If your car accident left you with expensive bills, kept you from working, and caused other disruptions in your life, call our Glen Burnie car accident lawyers today to set up a free legal consultation and learn more about what your claim might be worth. Our number is (410) 694-7291.