The Maryland Department of Transportation reports approximately 500 fatal car crashes per year in the state of Maryland, and the number of accidents and related non-fatal injuries is much higher. Car accidents can result in serious injuries and costly expenses, but you should not have to suffer because of another driver’s negligence.
If you or your loved ones suffered a car accident that resulted in injury, loss of property, lost work, or even death because of negligent driving, you have legal recourses to receive compensation for these losses.
If you want a Maryland car accident lawyer, contact the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a free consultation about your legal options after a car accident. Since we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us anything unless we can negotiate a settlement for you. You can call today at (800) 794-0444.
Driver Negligence Law in Maryland
Maryland is an “at fault” state regarding car accidents and car insurance, which means that the party at fault for the car accident is legally responsible to compensate you for losses related to the accident. Besides the mental and emotional trauma of an accident, car accidents can be very costly in vehicle damages, medical expenses, and other resulting bills. You have the right to pursue an award to cover these costs.
However, Maryland one of the few states in the U.S. that operates under the law of contributory negligence. Contributory negligence means that in order to receive compensation for an injury, the other party must be deemed to be 100% at fault for that injury. So if you are found partially at fault for the accident, even if only in a minor way, you may lose the right to compensation.
If you or your loved ones’ car accident is the result of another driver’s negligence, you are legally entitled to compensation for your losses. Some common causes of car accidents in which the other driver is at fault include:
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving (such as texting while driving)
- Tired driving
- Aggressive driving
- Improper vehicle maintenance
Determining the cause of an accident is essential to proving negligence and recovering damages for your accident in the state of Maryland. Even if you are not sure you have a case, you can call our office to see how a Maryland car accident lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to assist you. If you want help seeking damages, a lawyer can inform you of the legal recourses you have following a car accident.
Legal Options After a Car Accident
There are three main courses of action you can pursue after a car accident to receive compensation for your losses:
- File a claim against the other driver’s insurance company. If their driver is found to be at fault, they must pay the cost of your losses.
- File a claim with your own insurance company if the other parties in the accident were not insured. However, drivers are required by law to be insured, so this is usually unnecessary, and your ability to file this claim may depend on your insurance coverage.
- Bring a civil lawsuit against the responsible party. If you cannot receive adequate compensation from the insurance company or want to hold the responsible parties further liable for damages, you can file a personal injury lawsuit.
A Maryland car accident lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can file a personal injury claim for you or negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf so you can focus on recovering instead of the stress of the accident and its costs.
Recoverable Damages After a Car Accident
If you suffered in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and other losses. Possible costs you could recover through insurance or a personal lawsuit include:
- Vehicle expenses
- Medical expenses
- Cost of other property damaged in the accident
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of affection and companionship
- Other related losses
Pursuing damages after a car accident can lessen the toll of this traumatic experience and help you get back to your life. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today so we can help you deal with the financial impact of your accident.
The Statute of Limitations Can Affect Your Case
The Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 5–101 states that all civil actions must be filed within three years. This means that if you wish to, you must file a lawsuit for damages within three years of the day that the car accident occurred.
Some rare exceptions to statutes of limitation laws may occur, so you may want to consult a Maryland car accident lawyer regardless of the time frame of your accident.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Is Here to Help You
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is here to assist you and your loved ones after a car accident. To help you prove the negligence of another driver, we may:
- Obtain and review police records of the accident
- Find video surveillance of the accident
- Review photos of the scene of the accident
- Review evidence from the scene of the accident, such as debris, skid marks, etc.
- Obtain information from the cars’ electronic memories
- Identify and interview eyewitnesses
- Review your medical records and vehicle reports to identify recoverable damages
Since proving fault is essential to recovering damages after a car accident in Maryland, hiring a lawyer with the ability to investigate accident details and understand Maryland laws may benefit you. We can handle the communication between all parties so that you can avoid the stress of the investigation and focus your time on recovering.
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 today so we can begin working for you.