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Securing The Necessary Resources For Your Car Accident
Being injured in an auto accident means that you will probably lose time at work and be unable to use your car. It could also mean a lifetime of disability, pain, and treatment. If you suffered a serious injury because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you might be entitled to compensation.
At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., our Baltimore car accident lawyers help clients who were hurt in car crashes. We also file wrongful death claims for clients whose loved ones died in motor vehicle accidents. In both instances, we develop the strongest possible cases so that our clients have the resources they need to recover. Call our office at (410) 685-2022.
Maryland Car Accident Statistics
Each year hundreds of people are killed on Maryland roadways. According to Maryland’s Highway Safety Plan FY 2020, the state has been working to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities by 50% over the course of two decades. In 2008, the state recorded 592 fatalities; it hopes to reduce that number to 296 by 2030.
Unfortunately, the plan to achieve that goal has been thwarted by continued high numbers of car accident deaths. In 2017, the state recorded 558 deaths, the highest number of people killed in traffic crashes since 2008. In 2018, the total traffic fatalities fell only slightly to 501, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Baltimore Car Accident Injuries and Deaths
Baltimore routinely reports high numbers of traffic-related injuries and deaths each year. As reported in the state’s Highway Safety Plan, there were over 19,800 car crashes in a single year accounting for 17% of the total statewide accidents.
Baltimore’s roads are regularly ranked as some of the most dangerous in the country, with accidents reported on both city streets and highways. Injuries from a car accident can impact your entire life, from your ability to work to your financial security. If you are injured in an auto accident, contact our Baltimore car accident lawyers for help.
Common Causes of Car Accidents Resulting in Liability
Multiple factors could contribute to a car accident where someone is seriously injured or killed. A thorough, independent investigation may help to determine the cause of the accident and who is at fault.
Common causes of car accidents resulting in liability include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Driving while impaired by drugs (Drugged Driving)
- Failure to stop
- Improper lane change
If your accident was caused by another driver’s negligence or wrongdoing, you need to consult a Baltimore car accident lawyer to determine your legal options.
Car Accidents Can Cause Devastating Injuries
Injuries in car accidents can range from relatively minor to life-threatening. Tragically, some car accidents result in the death of a loved one. In car accidents that result in serious injury to another driver, passenger, or pedestrian, it may be necessary to retain an attorney in order to get the maximum compensation in your case.
Clients come to us with a variety of car accident injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Severe lacerations or burns
Types of Baltimore Car Accidents
Car collisions can occur at any time of day or night and on any road. In Maryland, the majority of traffic fatalities occur in urban areas, but a large amount still happen on rural roads each year. Not only are other drivers and passengers injured or killed in auto accidents, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists are also at risk.
The primary types of car accidents caused by negligence include:
- Rollover accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Broadside or side-impact accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- T-bone crashes
- Hit and runs
Rollover accidents and head-on collisions are generally considered the most dangerous types of accidents due to their violent nature and the potential for catastrophic injury.
Insurance Settlements and Pursuing Litigation
After a car accident, an insurance company representative will likely contact you to get you to settle your case. In most cases, insurance companies want to resolve injury claims without having to go to court, but without an attorney, they may try to take advantage of you.
Early offers to settle claims rarely reflect the true value of your case and may not take all of your damages into account. A Baltimore car accident lawyer can help negotiate for the best settlement offer or help you to pursue litigation and take your case to trial. Either way, it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney prior to settling your auto accident claim.
Obtaining Compensation for Your Injuries After an Accident
To obtain compensation for your injuries after a car accident, you must prove liability. Law enforcement will conduct an accident investigation and produce an accident report for both parties. While this report is important, it may not be dispositive in determining liability. In many cases, it may take an independent investigation to determine who caused the accident.
Our Baltimore car accident lawyers will review the facts of your case to determine whether you have a valid claim for damages. It is crucial that you consult an attorney prior to signing anything related to your case or agreeing to a settlement from an insurance company. Earlier settlement offers rarely take into account the full extent of your injuries.
An Experienced Legal Team With a Network of Experts
Our lawyers use experts and specialists to determine liability for the accident. We consult with physicians and other medical providers as well as life care planners and economists to understand the impact of the injuries on a client’s work, life, and family. We may send an investigator to the scene. We do whatever is needed to obtain full and fair compensation.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you need experience you can trust. You need attorneys with a proven track record of success who will fight to get you the recovery you deserve. At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., we understand the impact that a serious injury can have on you and your family; we are here to help.
Damages in Auto Accident Cases
When you are injured in a car accident, it can be challenging to know where to turn or who to trust. Shortly after the collision, you may be contacted by another party’s insurance company asking for you to make a statement or offering you a settlement.
You should never accept a settlement without having an attorney review your case to ensure that you are receiving full compensation for your damages.
Damages in car accident claims may include but are not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
How We Can Help
Our Baltimore car accident lawyers will provide you with the advice and counsel you need to make an informed decision on whether to pursue a lawsuit against a negligent driver. We will review your case for strengths and weaknesses that may affect your ability to recover damages and provide you with the honest, compassionate representation you deserve.
We have recovered over $200 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients and will fight to get you the most favorable outcome in your case. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators who have been representing injury victims since 1979. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, you need an attorney you can count on that will always put your interests first.
What to Do After a Baltimore Car Accident
In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, there is a lot of confusion and uncertainty. It is essential for your recovery to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Even if you believe that you are not seriously injured, you should be seen by a doctor or physician to determine if there is undetected harm.
Next, gather all evidence. Take pictures at the scene of the accident if you are able and collect witness information. Whether the accident resulted in property damage, injury, or death, 9-1-1 should be called so that an officer can make an official report.
Finally, contact our office to speak directly with a Baltimore car accident lawyer. We can discuss your rights and your chances at recovery.
Contact Our Office for a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in a car accident, you need an experienced, compassionate representation. Our Baltimore car accident lawyers know how to hold wrongful parties accountable for their negligence and will work to get you the recovery you need to be made whole again.
When you retain our office, it is risk-free. There is no out-of-pocket cost to you for our services. If we do not win, you pay no attorney’s fees. Car accidents can be life-altering; let us help you put the pieces back together.
For more information about our Baltimore auto accident attorneys, contact Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., today. Call (410) 685-2022 toll-free or complete our online form.
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