In you and your family’s time of need, a Baltimore car accident lawyer can make the difference between years of hardship and suffering and a way out. If you or someone you loved was injured in a car accident and the crash wasn’t their fault, legal recourse may be an option. By filing a lawsuit against the responsible party, you may be eligible for financial compensation that can aid the recovery process. In addition, you’ll gain answers to the “How?” and “Why?” that can make moving forward difficult.
In times of tragedy, we deserve answers. After sustaining serious injuries in a car accident you weren’t responsible for, answers bring closure. These answers may let you know how and why the accident occurred or bring you solace regarding who was at fault and what happened in the moments before the collision. In times of disaster, legal action—and the answers that are obtainable as a result—often make closure a realistic and achievable goal.
If the accident was caused by negligence on behalf of another driver or party, these are the times when seeking legal help can often do the most good. When another party was reckless, careless, or otherwise negligent behind the wheel, there should be consequences for that misconduct. All drivers in the U.S. have a duty to do what they can to keep themselves and others safe when operating a motor vehicle. By filing a Maryland car accident lawsuit against the responsible party, you hold them accountable.
At Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC, we can help you hold the responsible driver or party accountable and potentially get you financial compensation that can aid your recovery.
First, let’s go over some basic information about car accidents in Maryland, how and why they often occur, and what injuries often result from crashes that may be eligible for civil action.
Maryland Car Accident Statistics
According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, 34,682 car crashes occurred in the state of Maryland in 2016 that resulted in injury. 483 resulted in fatalities. Among those accidents, 522 people were killed and 50,864 were injured.
2016’s fatality and injury numbers were higher than any other recent year within the last five years. There was a 30% increase in the amount of crashes that occurred which resulted in injuries between the years 2015 and 2016, in fact.
These statistics are staggering when you consider the fact that our automobiles are safer than they’ve ever been. Many newer vehicles now feature technological devices that are supposed to prevent collisions from happening in the first place. Why do the numbers of fatal and injury-inducing accidents in Maryland keep rising?
How Are Most Car Accidents Caused?
The answer to the above question is complex and can partially be explained by the fact that there are more vehicles on Maryland roads and highways than ever. As our state’s population rises, it’s only natural that more accidents will occur, but there are other factors to be considered as well.
Many of these factors are a direct result of the fact that most car accidents in Maryland and elsewhere in the U.S. are caused by human error. Some of these errors can be attributed to poor visibility due to weather conditions or poor reaction times overall, but many others are related to several common factors that can be prevented with proper caution, awareness, and attention to the task of driving.
Here are some of the most common causes of car accidents in Baltimore and elsewhere throughout Maryland:
- Speeding – According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, 6,207 individuals were injured in car accidents in Maryland that were caused by a driver that was driving faster than the speed limit. 95 were killed. Speeding makes it difficult for a driver to stop or slow in time to avoid a potential accident and should be avoided at all costs.
- Aggressive Driving – Driving recklessly can be just as dangerous as speeding. When we have a bad day and take it out on other vehicles around us, we can become unpredictable and make unsafe decisions.
- Drunk Driving – The CDC reports that 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. during 2016 involved drivers who were impaired by alcohol. Legal and illegal drugs other than alcohol were involved in roughly 16% of motor vehicle accidents during that same year. Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs continues to be a serious issue in our state and nationwide—and is 100% preventable.
- Distracted Driving – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 9 people are killed and 1000 more are injured nationwide in car crashes every day that involve a driver who is distracted. Our phones aren’t our only sources of distractions while driving, either. Anytime a driver takes their eyes off the road to glance at a GPS screen, talk to a passenger, or reach down for an item that fell, a potential car accident may result.
- Not Following Traffic Laws – Traffic laws and posted signs are in place for a reason. When posted signs and laws aren’t followed, the law-breaker is more than at risk for a ticket—they’re at risk to cause an accident.
- Vehicle Defects – When a vehicle is put on the market defective or with parts that are malfunctioning/defective, accidents are more likely to occur. This is an area of law we often refer to as product liability law.
Most of the above causes can be prevented by being mindful of other vehicles on the road as well as the laws that are in place to protect every motorist, passenger, and pedestrian/cyclist who share our highways and roads with us. Most are examples of negligence.
If the actions or behaviors which led to a crash can be proven as negligent when evidence and third-party testimony is provided, your case may result in a favorable settlement. Most car accident lawsuits are settled outside of the courtroom.
Single-vehicle accidents can also occur and may lead to injury. These only involve one identified vehicle but may have involved a second vehicle that wasn’t able to be identified. While it can be more difficult to prove fault in these claims, legal help may still be beneficial to ensuring your claim with your own insurance provider is as solid as it can be.
Common Car Wreck Injuries
Car accidents can cause devastating injuries which may require hospitalization, surgical procedures, long-term care, therapy, mobility assistance, and extended time off work. Some injuries tend to be more common than others, however. Some of the most common car accident injuries include the following:
- Neck or back injuries, including injury to the spinal cord
- Head injuries, including brain injuries
- Lacerations and puncture wounds
- Broken bones or dislocations
- Internal organ damage including internal bleeding
- Burn injuries
- Emotional trauma
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident that could have been prevented, you may be comforted to know that you and your family may be able to receive compensation for the injuries that led to your loved one’s passing. If it can be proven that the incident was caused by any of the above factors and should not have occurred, the law refers to this type of death as a wrongful death. Legal help may be available.
How Can a Baltimore Car Accident Attorney Help Me?
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car crash, you may find yourself in a situation where you do not know where to turn. Insurance claims can be difficult to navigate—especially in the case where the other driver’s insurers are offering you a settlement that you know is unfair or is too low to cover your medical costs and the time you had to take off work.
Contacting a Baltimore car accident injury lawyer in either type of situation can allow you and your family the peace of you mind you need to begin the recovery process. In addition, taking legal action may encourage a negligent individual to stop acting recklessly behind the wheel, thereby protecting potential future victims.
To learn how Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC can help, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our law firm today. Our injury attorneys were born and raised in Baltimore and are familiar with the strategies most local insurance agencies use to try and low-ball unsuspecting accident victims. We will do everything we can to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.