A quiet drive through the verdant streets of Annapolis or along I-70 to one of Maryland’s many beautiful parks is the perfect way to spend an afternoon, right up until the moment another driver makes a mistake behind the wheel and ruins you day. Even if you’re just engaged in your morning commute into Baltimore or Washington, D.C., the negligence and recklessness of those on the road present a very real hazard to motorists throughout the Old Line State.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car accident in Maryland, know that you are not on your own. Randolph Rice, a former assistant state’s attorney and seasoned Maryland lawyer, is standing by to help. 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 to win you compensation so you can escape the financial consequences of someone else’s mistake. To discuss your case in a free, private consultation, call us at (410) 694-7291 today.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Maryland
Any state whose drivers have to deal with the legendary traffic surrounding D.C. is a state that will see its share of fender benders. Between the frustration of trapped motorists, the distractions of modern life, and the stop-and-go maneuvers that spread brake lights for miles, 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.
While the driving conditions most certainly vary from state to state, the common causes of car accidents in Maryland are not much different from those across the country. Some of the top causes of crashes include:
- Texting, talking on the phone, and other forms of distracted driving
- Impaired judgement caused by intoxication or fatigue
- Running a red light, ignoring a stop sign, speeding, and other types of reckless driving
Though these are some of the most frequent contributors to car accidents, you may find that those with whom you share the road can find any number of ways to dent, ding, or total your car or injure your family. If you have been the victim of another driver’s reckless or negligent actions, contact a skilled legal representative right away.
Common Car Accident Injuries in Maryland
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 hulking, half-ton hunks of metal traveling upwards of 40 or 50 miles an hour can easily escape our control and cause chaos on our streets and in our neighbors. 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 quite severe and lead to extensive physical, emotional, and financial distress. Even long after the accident, many people will be forced to contend with the consequences for years or decades. A few of the most common wounds caused by car accidents include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Nerve damage
- Severed limbs
Many of the injuries sustained in an accident will not be felt until days or weeks later. If you find yourself dealing with one or more of these conditions, or with any damage caused by another driver’s poor decisions, speak to a lawyer and explore your options today.
Determining Fault in Maryland Car Crashes
The nature of Maryland’s laws concerning car accident compensation require a thorough examination of fault following any collision. Unlike most states in the U.S., the Chesapeake Bay State 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 in an accident, regardless of the level of fault, is barred from seeking compensation in the Maryland courts.
It may seem unfair, but even a driver who only contributed 5 percent 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 an expert is the best course of action.
Settling a Car Accident Case in Maryland
We have seen over the years that the number of car accident claims in Maryland risen for settlements. This means that about 90% of all car accidents in the County will result in an insurance settlement. A settlement from the insurance company will mean the claim will not go to Court and the injured person or person will not have to appear before a Judge.
However, if there is a dispute over liability or damages, then the Law Offices of Randolph Rice are ready to file a lawsuit and sue the other driver or responsible person. If a lawsuit is filed for in a Maryland car accident, then our injury lawyers will go over each step of the process. We will discuss what can happen in court and how the system will work.
We want our clients prepared for Court. We have tried hundreds of trials in the Maryland District and Circuit Courts. We know the judges on the bench and their tendencies and preferences in car accident trials.
Maryland’s Top Legal Team for Car Accident Victims
In the aftermath of an accident, you may feel alone, separated from the world and your loved ones by physical pain and a crushing financial burden. 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. The staff at Rice Law has won hundreds of thousands for clients facing uphill battles, and we can do the same for you. To set up your free, confidential consultation, call us today at (410) 694-7291.