Injuries from car accidents vary greatly. While many accident cases may involve very minor injuries or no injuries at all, other accidents could result in life-altering disabilities or even death. Car accidents can be extremely risky, and the drivers who put others in danger through negligence and inattention should be held responsible for the harm they cause. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice to discuss filing a car accident lawsuit.
Our Silver Spring, Maryland car accident lawyers may be able to take your case and file your claim with a court of law to seek compensation for your injuries. The damages you receive in court may be enough to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our attorneys will fight to maximize your compensation and get you the coverage you need to pay for your accident case. For your free legal consultation, call our law offices today at (410) 694-7291.
Proving Fault in a Maryland Car Accident
Before you can be awarded damages for your car accident case, you need to prove that the other driver was at fault. Whether you file your case as a car insurance claim or as a lawsuit in court, the defendant will only be forced to cover the damages for the claim if they were responsible for the accident. You do not need to prove that the driver caused the accident on purpose or intentionally. Instead, you typically work to prove that the driver was “negligent.”
Negligence involves a driver’s failure to use the necessary care or skill behind the wheel. Typically, you demonstrate the driver’s negligence by pointing to a duty that they owed you and how they breached that duty. Many traffic laws create a duty that the driver owes other drivers to help keep them safe, such as a duty to stop at stop signs, a duty to yield before making a left turn, a duty to leave a safe following distance, and a duty to use their turn signal. Other duties help prevent serious harm, like the duty not to drive while high or intoxicated or the duty to avoid distracting cell phone use behind the wheel.
Even if the other driver did not violate a specific traffic law, you may be able to argue that they failed to use the proper care or skill that a reasonably careful driver should have used under those conditions. For instance, a driver who was speeding on wet or icy roads may not have broken the law if they were under the speed limit, but if their speed was still too fast for the road conditions, their driving was still unreasonable and unsafe.
The other driver will typically work to fight accusations against them by claiming that you were actually the one responsible for the crash. In Maryland, if you contributed to your own accident, it may be harder to seek compensation, and many drivers are afraid to come forward with accident claims because they fear the claim could be turned around. Our lawyers will help reduce those claims and demonstrate to a jury that your actions did not contribute to the crash and that you still deserve compensation for your injuries.
Seeking Damages for a Car Crash in Maryland
When you face injuries or the loss of a loved one after a car crash, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Many people initially try to file their case as a car insurance claim, but you may quickly find that limitations on the insurance policy might mean losing compensation. If you were injured, you should not have to pay anything to correct someone else’s mistakes. In an insurance claim, you may still have to pay out of pocket for some of the medical expenses and lost wages, and you will not get damages for pain and suffering. Talk to a lawyer about maximizing your compensation by filing a lawsuit.
After a car crash, victims typically face three areas of damages. First, medical expenses to treat the injuries could be substantial. These damages could include the cost of medical imaging, hospital stays, physical therapy, and other costs. Second, if your injuries were severe or caused an ongoing disability, you may miss work and face lost wages and reduced earning capacity damages. Lastly, the damages for the physical pain and mental anguish you faced should be compensated. When you file a personal injury lawsuit for your accident, you can claim these damages in full.
The court can also help you get damages for the death of a loved one. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be able to seek compensation for your loved one’s medical care, funeral costs, and burial expenses. You may also be able to file to seek compensation for the harms you faced as a surviving family member, including the lost companionship, lost wages, lost household services, and other damages. While this compensation cannot heal the hole left by a loved one, it can be essential to helping you and your family with ongoing support and financial needs.
Call Our Silver Spring Car Accident Injury Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If you were injured in a car crash or lost a loved one to a car crash in the Silver Spring area, call our Silver Spring car accident injury attorneys today. The Law Offices of Randolph Rice’s personal injury and car accident lawyers may be able to take your case and help you file a claim for the financial compensation you need. To schedule a free legal consultation with our lawyers, call us today at (410) 694-7291.