Reisterstown, MD Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents happen far more often than people would like. While sometimes people involved in car accidents can walk away from the experience physically unscathed, that is far from always the case. Often, victims of car accidents suffer serious injuries that need emergency medical care. Victims of car accidents can feel upset and frustrated by the experience, and there may be a longing to see justice done and to get financial compensation for injuries.
That is where we come in. We are experienced attorneys who have represented plaintiffs injured in car accidents numerous times. We know what it takes to have a successful car accident lawsuit, and we are ready to put our efforts into giving you the best chance at financial compensation and justice for your injuries.
For a totally obligation-free case analysis, call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291 and speak to our car accident lawyers.
Types of Car Accidents in Reisterstown, MD
No two car accidents are the same. Even two car accidents that happen in the same manner can lead to different results. That being said, it is important to your case exactly how your car accident happened and what kind of accident it was. Depending on the type of accident, our lawyers may be looking for different things or make arguments based on the facts of the case that may not make as much sense for another kind of accident. Below are some of the common kinds of car accidents that can happen in and around Reisterstown.
Low-Speed Car Accidents
Low-speed crashes can still cause surprisingly severe injuries, including whiplash and lower back injuries. Generally, these accidents happen just after a car has started moving or is about to stop. They are particularly common around shopping centers, in parking lots, or in high-traffic areas. Pedestrians, in particular, are more likely to be involved in these kinds of accidents.
Although these kinds of car accidents are often described as “low impact,” and that may give the impression that they are not as serious as a stereotypical highway crash, that is not the case at all. These accidents can still cause white serious injuries to the back and neck or result in broken bones and soft tissue injuries. Do not take these kinds of accidents lightly.
Head-on collisions refer to when two cars traveling in opposite directions impact each other. They are most common on highways or at busy intersections, but they can happen on any roadway, even those that are supposed to go only one way.
One of the scariest things about head-on collisions is that the occupants often are left stuck in their wrecked vehicles. This means that victims of head-on collisions sometimes need to be “cut out” of their vehicles with devices like the so-called “jaws of life.” While life-saving, this experience can be incredibly scary and traumatic, which can add to the lasting impact of the car accident when coupled with already sustained physical injuries from the crash.
Impacts on the rear of a vehicle are also very dangerous. This is in part because they may not be as expected as a head-on collision. Sometimes, a motorist about to be in a head-on collision has time to brace themselves for the impact. However, rear-end collisions often come as a surprise to the victim, meaning that they have no time for their body to prepare, and they suffer the full brunt of the impact. Additionally, rear-end collisions can result in anything located in the trunk or back seats of a vehicle to go flying forward, potentially injuring – or even killing, the front occupants of the vehicle.
T-bone accidents or side impact accidents are when an oncoming vehicle hits a car in the side rather than the front or rear. These accidents are common when someone is pulling out of a driveway or crossing an intersection, but they can happen anywhere.
Modern vehicles are designed to have safety features baked into the sides of the car as well as the front and rear. However, just by nature of there being less “stuff” between the side of a vehicle and the occupants as compared to the front or rear, the likelihood of injury can be higher from T-bone accidents. In particular, fractures in the lower extremities are prevalent in these kinds of accidents.
Damages in Reisterstown, MD Car Accident Lawsuits
If you are successful in court, you will be awarded damages in your car accident lawsuit. Damages are the way that courts “make whole” plaintiffs who are injured. The damages you get will be based on your particular condition after your car accident, so they will be unique to you. You can base your damages on a multitude of factors, but damages are generally categorized in three ways: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
Economic damages derive from things with ascertainable values. This category includes medical bills and lost income from the time you spent recovering.
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are less immediately tangible. The flagship damages item for this category is “pain and suffering,” which refers to the physical and psychological pain inflicted upon you in your car accident.
Punitive damages are a unique kind of damages that are not based on your condition. Instead, they are meted out when defendants act particularly badly. Courts are not keen on giving these damages out all the time, so you need to have a compelling argument for them when you file your case.
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