Many of us depend on our cars to get us safely to destinations. Whether you’re headed to work, picking up the kids from school, or running errands, you expect to accomplish your goal without incident. A negligent driver could change that in mere seconds. Car crashes can result in significant injuries and your life may feel like it’s come to a halt. If a crash has caused injury and other losses, you may be eligible for compensation. When filing a claim, you want an expert Glen Burnie car accident lawyer at your side.
Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC is a firm full of skilled lawyers dedicated to helping those who have been wrongfully injured. Seeking compensation on your own can be stressful and you may not know what you’re rightfully owed. With our lawyers at your side, you won’t have to worry about getting an unfavorable settlement. We’ll fight for what you’re owed so you can recover without stress.
What Factors Can Cause an Auto Wreck?
When your lawyer is gathering evidence for your claim, they’re going to need a clear picture of what happened during your crash. Our lawyers will find out how the other driver acted negligently and how their actions led to your injuries.
There are some common forms of negligence that may have contributed to your accident. According to the 2016 national data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following list were frequent causes of fatal accidents.
- Driving While Drunk. An intoxicated driver can easily swerve into other cars or fail to brake for cars in front of them. They’re unable to have control of the vehicle. Drunk driving caused 10,497 fatalities.
- Speeding. When drivers are in a rush or if they’re an aggressive driver, they may drive above the posted speed limit. Speeding reduces the driver’s control of the vehicle. Another reason for the high number of fatalities, speeding accounted for 10,111 deaths. If a speeding driver needs to make a quick maneuver, they may not have the time or will need to correct their driving. Often, a driver overcorrects by jerking the steering wheel to avoid something in the road, but the overcorrection makes them lose control.
- Distracted Driving. There are so many ways for a driver to get distracted. Their cell phones, radio, GPS, food, or rummaging for something on the passenger’s seat takes their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel.
- Drowsy Driving. A fatigued driver isn’t aware of everything around them and can fall asleep at the wheel. Causing 803 fatalities, drowsy driving is a concern because many drivers may try to push through their exhaustion and put others as well as themselves in danger.
These are a few examples of how negligence can cause an accident, but there are many more reasons why your crash could have happened. Our Maryland attorneys will use their expertise to determine the factors involved in your accident.
Steps to Take After a Car Accident
The moments after an auto accident are often full of confusion and panic. While remaining calm may be difficult, it’s important to try as best you can. Your actions after the wreck could help your claim. Take a look at the following list of things you should do if you’re involved in a collision.
- Assess Yourself for Injuries. Your health always needs to come first. If you’re able to move, check if anyone else needs help.
- Contact Emergency Services. Alert emergency services about the accident. They’ll send paramedics who will be able to look at your injuries, as well as police who will make a report. When you’re telling your side of the story to the police, be as factual and detailed as possible, but don’t guess if you can’t remember certain details.
- Exchange Information with the Other Driver. Get the other driver’s name, contact information, insurance policy information, and the make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) of their vehicle. Even though the accident wasn’t your fault, you may feel compelled to apologize for the accident. While your intentions could be to convey to the other driver you’re sorry this situation is happening, this statement could be used as evidence of fault. Do not apologize.
- See a Doctor. You could feel fine after the accident, but this doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Car accident injuries can take time to develop. You need to see a doctor as quickly as possible. They’ll evaluate your injuries and will be able to start you on a treatment plan so you can work on recovering. Waiting to see a doctor could result in making your injuries worse and extending your recovery time. The medical bills could also be higher.
- Contact a Car Accident Attorney. After you’ve gotten a medical evaluation, it’s time to get in touch with a car accident lawyer. They’ll help you with the legal process.
Our Firm Protects Victims of Negligence in Glen Burnie
After a car accident, you may need extensive medical care to treat your injuries. During this time, you’re missing work and thinking about how long it’s going to take for you to get back to your everyday life. Unfortunately, your responsibilities don’t stop while you recover. Other bills and groceries are expenses you’ll need to keep up with in addition to paying off your medical expenses. We understand how stressful this situation can be, but we’re here to help. By filing a personal injury claim, you may be able to receive peace of mind.
You deserve fair compensation that will allow you to pay your medical bills and cover lost wages so you can recover without having to struggle with these difficulties. Our lawyers will do everything possible to win you a settlement that brings you peace of mind. To schedule an obligation-free consultation, call our office today.