If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident in Maryland, know that you are not on your own. Randolph Rice, a seasoned Maryland car accident injury lawyer with more than a decade of courtroom experience, is ready to fight in your corner. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of another driver, or if your crash occurred due to any sort of automotive defect, an attorney may be able to recover compensation for you by filing a car accident claim.
The medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering that often accompany a car crash should not be the sole responsibility of the victim. Randolph Rice can fight for fair compensation, so that you do not have to pay the financial consequences of someone else’s mistake behind the wheel. To discuss filing an auto accident claim in a free legal consultation, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291, or contact us online. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help answer your questions and provide the support you need.
Maryland Car Accident Statistics
The negligence and recklessness of many drivers on the road present a very real hazard to motorists throughout the Old Line State. Every year, tens of thousands of crash victims are injured or killed in Maryland car accidents, while many more wreck their vehicles or sustain other types of property damage.
According to statewide crash statistics released by the Maryland Department of Transportation, more than 117,000 auto accidents were reported during 2018: an increase from the 115,353 reported the year before. Unfortunately, more than 33,800 of these accidents resulted in injuries, while a total of 486 were fatal. Almost 50,000 people were needlessly injured because of car accidents in 2018, and tragically, more than 500 people were killed. Baltimore County had the highest number of accidents (22,613), followed closely by Prince George’s County (19,562).
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Maryland
Between the frustration of motorists trapped in traffic jams, the distractions of modern life, and the aggressive driving that is common in cities, it may seem like the cards are stacked against any driver on Maryland’s roadways. Still, these factors are no excuse for causing a car accident – and if you were the victim of a negligent driver, you have the right to pursue the full compensation you are owed for your injuries.
While the driving conditions vary from state to state, the leading causes of car accidents in Maryland are not much different from those reported across the country. Nationwide and throughout Maryland, some of the top causes of car crashes include:
- Texting, talking on the phone, and other forms of distracted driving
- Intoxication caused by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both
- Improper handling of the vehicle, often resulting from inexperience or fatigue
- Running red lights
- Failing to signal properly
- Failing to use the appropriate lanes
- Ignoring stop signs
- Excessive speeding
- Reckless or aggressive driving
If you have been the victim of another driver’s reckless or negligent actions on the road, contact a skilled car accident injury attorney in Maryland right away for help.
Types of Car Crash Injury Claims We Handle
The potential dangers of operating a motor vehicle cannot be overstated. Though we may not consider this fact on a daily basis, the truth is that cars are hulking, half-ton hunks of metal traveling at high rates of speed, and can easily escape our control to cause chaos on our streets. Lucky victims may leave the scene of an accident with only minor scrapes and bruises, but many are less fortunate.
The injuries caused by car accidents can be severe, often leading to physical, emotional, and financial distress. Even long after an accident ends, many people are forced to deal with the aftereffects for years or decades. A few of the most common injuries caused by car accidents include:
- Broken Bones – Bone fractures commonly occur in high speed car accidents, such as head-on collisions or “T-bone” accidents. Many car accident victims suffer from injuries like broken collarbones, fractured wrists, fractured legs, broken ribs, or broken noses.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any brain injury caused by an external blow to the skull, as opposed to an injury caused by disease or infection. Concussions are considered “mTBIs,” or mild traumatic brain injuries. TBIs can occur when a victim’s head is struck by or against objects (such as the steering wheel), or when violent shaking causes the brain to strike the inside of the skull, leading to potentially life-threatening swelling.
- Whiplash – Whiplash is a soft tissue neck injury that commonly occurs in rear-end collisions. Whiplash, which can cause intense neck pain, headaches, and disorientation, occurs when the neck is stretched or rocked too rapidly and forcefully, straining structures like tendons and ligaments.
Many of the injuries sustained in an accident will not be felt until days or possibly weeks have passed, especially if they are internal injuries that do not immediately show external symptoms. It is critical to see a doctor right away after a crash to rule out the possibility of serious injuries. If you are dealing with one of the conditions listed above, or with any type of injury after a collision, speak to an auto accident lawyer and start exploring your legal options today.
How Soon Should You Hire a Car Accident Lawyer After a Crash?
Time is not on your side when deciding if you should hire a lawyer for your Maryland car accident claim. The sooner you hire an attorney for your case, the better you and the claim will be prepared for settlement or trial. Here are some risky, costly scenarios that can result from not hiring an experienced auto accident lawyer:
- You make a statement to the insurance company that is against your best interests.
- You admit fault when you were not at fault for the accident.
- The injuries you suffer are not covered by the insurance company.
- The settlement offered by the adverse insurance company does not cover your medical bills.
- Lost wages are not declared or documents are missing.
- The insurance company knows that a person without a lawyer will not take their case to trial.
For all of these reasons, you should hire a car accident lawyer Maryland residents have trusted for more than a decade. Speak to Randolph Rice about your claim sooner rather than later to give yourself the best possible chance of recovering the compensation you deserve.
How is Fault Determined in an Accident with Multiple Drivers?
The nature of Maryland’s laws concerning car accident compensation requires a thorough examination of fault following any collision. Unlike most states in the U.S., Maryland applies the concept of “contributory negligence” to accidents, as opposed to the “comparative negligence” laws used in other parts of the country.
In essence, this means that any driver found to be at fault for an accident is barred from seeking compensation in Maryland’s courts, regardless of the level of fault. It may seem unfair, but even a driver who only contributed 1% of the fault in an accident cannot file a lawsuit against the other parties. For this reason, retaining experienced legal counsel is crucial after a car accident. When your financial future is on the line, turning to a trusted attorney is the best course of action you can take to protect yourself.
Car Accident Settlements in Maryland
Like other types of personal injury claims, most car accident injury claims are settled outside of court, which means that the parties involved reach an agreement without a judge imposing a decision. While estimates vary, approximately 90% of all car accident claims are settled rather than going to trial.
A settlement from the insurance company means the claim will not go to court and the injured person or persons will not have to appear before a judge. However, if there is a dispute over liability or damages, Randolph Rice is ready to file a lawsuit and sue the negligent driver or responsible parties.
If a lawsuit is filed after a Maryland car accident, Randolph Rice will go over each step of the process in depth, providing you with clear and detailed communication about potential strategies and obstacles ahead. We will discuss what can happen in court, how to prepare for hearings, how evidence may be used, and other important information useful for fighting your case.
How Long Do I Have to Sue After an Auto Accident?
It is extremely important to be aware that you only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit after a car accident injury in Maryland. The time limit, known as the “statute of limitations,” generally allows you to file a lawsuit for up to three years after the date of injury. However, it is recommended to begin the process as soon as possible, which has several important benefits:
- Eyewitnesses have clearer, more accurate memories and are easier to locate.
- There is less opportunity for vital evidence to deteriorate.
- There is more time to build a stronger and more comprehensive case on your behalf.
- If you prevail, you will receive compensation that much sooner.
Maryland Car Accident Attorneys Fighting for Crash Victims
In the aftermath of an accident, you may feel overwhelmed and alone, separated from your loved ones by physical pain and crushing financial stress. At this difficult time, reaching out for a steady hand can make all the difference. Randolph Rice is a former state’s assistant attorney with years of experience in courtrooms across Maryland, and is ready to devote the same level of skill and commitment to your claim.
Most crashes happen by accident, but choosing a top Maryland car accident lawyer is something you get to decide. If you are considering filing a lawsuit after a crash or collision in Maryland, make sure you explore your legal options carefully with help from an experienced injury lawyer like Randolph Rice, who will work to recover every dollar you are owed for the damages you have suffered.
At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we have recovered millions of dollars for clients who were facing tough uphill battles. We are ready to do the same for you. To set up your free legal consultation, call today at (410) 694-7291, or contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice online.