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What Legal Options Do Passengers Have After a Car Accident?

Published on Apr 16, 2019 at 2:39 pm in Car Accidents.

Car accidents injure many drivers and passengers in Maryland each year. As a passenger in a vehicle wreck, you didn’t have control of the vehicle and likely had nothing to do with the accident, but you may have sustained injuries that required hospital stays, complicated procedures, tests, medication—all items that can result in extensive medical bills. What are your legal options for receiving compensation in this situation?

There are many factors that go into calculating compensation for a passenger in a car accident settlement. You’ll want a trusted attorney at your side to make sure that your settlement is fair and will cover the costs of what you’ve been through. Your lawyer will carefully review what happened. Once the responsible party or parties is discovered, we’ll look into how they acted negligently, how the negligence harmed you, and what you suffered because of it. You deserve to know that your representatives will look out for your best interests no matter what.

5 Steps to Filing an Auto Insurance Claim Smoothly

Published on Apr 9, 2019 at 2:52 pm in Car Accidents.

Accidents are not uncommon on Maryland’s roadways. If you happen to find yourself involved in a crash, you may need to file a claim with your insurance company. This may be the last thing on your mind, especially if you’re dealing with injuries; however, it’s crucial to understand how to file an auto insurance claim so you can expedite the process and restore order in your life as quickly as possible.

An auto insurance claim is a request for compensation in accordance with your policy. While some individuals are lucky enough to have insurance companies that are easy to work with, others could run into issues with fine print in their contract or an insurance company that is unwilling to work with them. There are steps you can take to smoothly file a claim, so you can get your vehicle repaired and focus on your recovery.

How Many Car Accidents Does the Average Person Have?

Published on Apr 2, 2019 at 3:36 pm in Car Accidents.

It’s likely you know someone who was in a car accident. You, yourself, may have gone through the experience and are looking for options to aid in your recovery. Auto accidents are a common occurrence. Every day, there are thousands of car accidents all over the country. As a result, 20 to 50 million people are injured, and around one million victims lose their lives. But, how many times in your life will you be involved in a collision?

It’s not always possible for a driver to avoid a wreck with another vehicle. There are factors, like poor road conditions and inclement weather, that make it difficult or impossible for drivers to control their vehicles. In most situations, however, wrecks are completely preventable and occur as a result of human error or negligence.

What Are Medical Standards of Care?

Published on Mar 26, 2019 at 5:45 pm in Legal Malpractice.

Doctors and other medical professionals are legally required to give reasonable care and not cause any harm to the patient. They have a duty to follow certain steps to determine what’s wrong with a patient and find the cause of their illness or injury. From that point forward, they have protocols and procedures to follow which inform them of the best way to treat their patient. Before proceeding with any treatment plan, they need to explain all the steps to their patient along the way.

Following these guidelines keeps patients safe and informed of what’s happening to them. All of these steps, guidelines, and protocols are part of a broad set of legal standards referred to as “standards of care”. Medical standards of care are typically-accepted guidelines that professionals in the medical field all strive to operate by. When professionals don’t operate by accepted standards of care and a patient is hurt or suffers as a direct result, that patient may be legally entitled to sue for malpractice.

How to Find Out if a Car Accident Has Been Reported

Published on Mar 19, 2019 at 6:44 pm in Car Accidents.

In a serious accident involving injury or significant property damage, having a police report filed is an important part of making sure the details of the event are accurately recorded. Once you’ve contacted the authorities, they’ll investigate the scene and file their report. It’s important to understand how to find out if a report has been filed and how to access it, as the information on there can help you build a case against the other driver if you’re seeking compensation for the crash.

When are Police Reports Filed for Car Crashes in Maryland?

In Maryland, car accidents aren’t typically investigated by law enforcement when the only consequence is minor property damage – so drivers involved in crashes like that do not need to contact the police or file a report. Instead, drivers are required to move off the road and exchange information with each other. The Maryland State Police provides a Collision Information Exchange Form to make the process easier.

Why is Whiplash So Common After a Car Accident?

Published on Mar 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm in Car Accidents.

Car accidents result in a variety of injuries. The type of accident, force of the crash, and health and age of the occupants play a role in determining how severe the physical harm will be. When thinking about injuries that can inhibit a person’s life, broken bones, head trauma, and back injuries often come to mind first. Soft tissue injuries, like whiplash, however, can seriously impact a person’s day-to-day life.

Whiplash, which is another term for a neck strain or sprain, is one of the most common injuries a person can sustain after a wreck. This has a lot to do with the forces the body is subjected to in a crash. When the neck is rapidly forced back and forth, like the cracking of a whip, the bones in the spine, disks between bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and tissues can be injured. While the discomfort may not be immediate depending on the severity of the injury, the symptoms that follow are likely to be painful.

If you’ve been diagnosed with whiplash or you are concerned you may have developed the condition, you’ll benefit from understanding as much about the condition as you can, in addition to seeking medical treatment and following your doctor’s orders.

How Long Does a Hit-and-Run Investigation Take?

Published on Mar 5, 2019 at 2:51 pm in Car Accidents.

Finding yourself dealing with the ramifications of a car accident is bound to be stressful – especially if you’ve been injured. If, however, you’re the victim of a hit-and-run accident, the experience is likely to be that much more frustrating. Whether you were in the vehicle at the time of the accident or not, you’ll need to contact your insurance company and try to resolve the matter as efficiently as possible.

Drivers involved in crashes are supposed to stop their vehicles, assess the situation to determine if medical attention is required, share contact information with the other driver(s), and contact the police so an official report can be filed. In Maryland, it is illegal for drivers to leave the car accident scene without completing those steps. Punishments, depending on the severity of the wreck, may range from fines to point removal on their driver’s licenses, or even jail time.

5 Facts You May Not Know About Drunk Driving

Published on Feb 26, 2019 at 6:47 pm in Car Accidents.

We all know that drunk driving is unsafe and an overall bad idea. We are also aware of the associated dangers and the tragic outcomes that can follow. Unfortunately, that knowledge isn’t enough to keep some drivers from operating their vehicles while intoxicated. No matter their reason, the decision is always a wrong one.

While we help drunk driving accident victims, we also strive to encourage the prevention of such accidents. Let’s dive deeper into the facts you may not know about drunk driving. The key to aiding in the prevention of such tragedies is to know as much as possible.

How Common Is PTSD After a Car Accident?

Published on Feb 20, 2019 at 2:25 pm in Car Accidents.

When someone is involved in a serious car accident, they’ve suffered from a traumatic event. When these events result in devastating injuries or worse, then the person is going to have some degree of shock. Sometimes, they develop psychological trauma from the accident and need help.

While most people and even medical professionals may neglect to consider the emotional and mental consequences of being in a serious wreck, the effects and implications are very real and can have a lasting impact on a victim’s ability to perform their regular day-to-day tasks and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. How common are mental conditions like PTSD, anxiety, and depression after being in a car accident? Let’s examine some facts about these conditions.

How Often Do Crashes Result Due to Poorly-Maintained Roads?

Published on Feb 13, 2019 at 7:02 pm in Car Accidents.

In 2017, there were 114,848 motor vehicle accidents in Maryland. While many of these resulted from negligent drivers, it’s likely that a number were caused by poorly-maintained roads. Poor road conditions play a role in a significant number of crashes all across the country. Despite the impact on people’s lives, state and local governments do not always correct road problems or take measure to warn drivers about possible hazards.

When cars wind up in an accident, it’s easy to place the blame on one of the drivers; however, it’s important to remember that it’s possible for wrecks to happen when all drivers are following traffic laws and operating their vehicles in a safe, responsible manner.

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