Car accidents can cause serious injuries, putting you out of work while the medical bills continue to pile up. If the other driver was responsible for the accident, his or her insurance company may be liable for your expenses, including medical care, vehicle damage, pain and suffering, and other damages. Handling auto accident claims throughout Maryland, Potomac car accident lawyer Randolph Rice is here to help.
Don’t let an insurance company deceive you into thinking your claim is worth less than it is. If you were hurt in a car crash, make sure you discuss your situation with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, like Randolph Rice. The insurance company’s goal is to protect its bottom line – but our goal is to fight for every cent of compensation that you deserve. Whether we are gathering and preserving evidence, locating eyewitnesses, obtaining traffic surveillance footage, analyzing insurance policies, or filing legal documents, we are ready to work tirelessly on your behalf. Contact us online today to set up a free legal consultation, or call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291 to speak with a car accident lawyer in Potomac today.
Car Accident Statistics
According to a May 2019 report published by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), Maryland Highway Safety Office, there were a total of 117,750 auto accidents statewide during 2018, including 33,874 injury crashes, 83,390 property damage crashes, and sadly, 486 fatal accidents. Collectively, these accidents resulted in the deaths of 513 people, non-fatally injuring another 49,912 victims.
Most crashes took place on state highways (33,849), followed by county roads (28,296) and interstate highways (13,448). Examples of state highways in the Potomac, Maryland area include Maryland Route 189 (MD 189), Maryland Route 190 (MD 190), and Maryland Route 191 (MD 191). In Montgomery County, where Potomac is located, MDOT reported 14,231 accidents, accounting for more than 12% of all crashes statewide.
When Should You Hire a Car Accident Lawyer in Potomac?
Some crash scenarios are straightforward, while others are more complex. All accidents should be carefully investigated to determine which driver was at fault for the collision, especially if there have been serious injuries. A detailed investigation is particularly critical in accidents involving three or more vehicles, where issues of fault can become muddled. Other types of accident claims that should be handled by an attorney include:
- Claims against trucking, bus, or railroad companies, which are often supported by powerful legal teams and insurers
- Claims involving drivers from multiple states
- Claims involving drunk drivers, or drivers under the influence of drugs (such as marijuana or prescription medications)
- Claims involving fatal accidents
- Claims involving hit-and-run drivers
- Claims involving substantial property damage or vehicle damage
- Claims involving serious, long-term, or disabling injuries of any kind
- Claims involving uninsured or underinsured drivers
In challenging, technical scenarios like these, a skilled car accident lawyer like Randolph Rice can help to “level the playing field,” giving you a better chance of obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Types of Car Accident Claims We Handle
Types of car accident injury claims we handle at Rice, Murtha & Psoras include the following:
- Drunk driving accident claims
- Head-on collision claims
- Hit-and-run accident claims
- Intersection accident claims
- Left-hand turn accident claims
- Rear-end collision claims
- Sideswipe accident claims
- T-bone collision claims
- Wrongful death claims involving auto accidents
Common Injuries from Car Crashes
Car accidents frequently cause injuries. According to MDOT’s crash statistics for the year 2018, a total of 33,874 out of the state’s 117,750 accidents caused injuries, meaning nearly 29% of all crashes involved some sort of injury. To put the same data another way, almost one in every three accidents results in an injury. Property damage and vehicle damage are even more common, resulting from the majority of crashes.
At Rice, Murtha & Psoras, we handle auto accident claims involving a wide array of injuries, ranging from minor and moderate injuries to catastrophic injuries resulting in long-term or permanent impairment. If you or a family member sustained any of the following injuries, or another type of injury not listed below, contact us for a free consultation about how we may be able to help:
- Back or spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones (fractures)
- Burn injuries
- Facial injuries, such as a broken nose
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Joint injuries, such as hip, knee, or shoulder injuries
- Neck injuries, such as whiplash
- Permanent disability or impairment
- Permanent scarring
- Road rash injuries (skin abrasion)
- Soft tissue injuries, such as sprains or strains
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
Our Potomac, MD Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
As a personal injury lawyer who has handled numerous car accident cases, Randolph Rice is familiar with all types of injuries and their long-term effects, enabling him to calculate detailed, accurate costs for your future medical bills when seeking damages. Insurance companies might overlook or minimize these costs, potentially cheating you out of compensation that you are entitled to.
Make sure you work with a knowledgeable attorney when filing your car accident claim in Potomac. To set up a free legal consultation, call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291, or contact us online today.