While car accidents are quite common, some results are devastating. Depending on the speed and size of the vehicles and the point of impact, the drivers can suffer serious injury. In the best situations, the car will absorb the impact. Others are not so lucky. If you were seriously injured in a car accident and you believe that it was caused by the negligence of the other driver, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. Like all personal injury cases, it is up to the victim to prove negligence. Timian & Fawcett, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm serving the Maryland and DC metro area. Our firm fights for maximum compensation when clients are injured in car accidents at the fault of others. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.
What should I do after a car accident?
If you are in a car accident, it is important to stay on the scene and call the authorities. If you are injured, call for medical assistance. If you are able, it is important to immediately take pictures of the scene before cars are moved. It is important to note that for most accidents, Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is in place to support injured drivers directly after an incident. PIP is a form of insurance that provides financial support with no regard to fault. This “no-fault” insurance policy will compensate injured drivers for the medical bills and lost wages caused by the accident. PIP is required for all drivers unless expressly waived by the insurance policyholder. Maryland is unique in the fact that it is not a pure “no-fault” state. One has the right to file a PIP claim and a third-party lawsuit at the same time. If the accident caused serious injury or wrongful death, it is important to discuss your situation with an attorney.
Common examples of driver’s negligence
Unfortunately, car accidents are caused by a variety of situations. Knowing the signs of negligence is important to assess the validity of taking legal action. Some signs of negligent driving include, but are not limited to:
- Distracted driving
- Using electronic devices without hands-free technology
- Drunk driving
- Failure to yield
- Driving while tired
- Excessive speed
- Reckless driving
- Drugged driving
- Running stop signs or otherwise disregarding traffic signs
When driver’s negligence is to blame, you may be able to take legal action to hold them accountable. Driver negligence is not always the cause of an accident. When constructing a personal injury claim, proving negligence and finding all liable parties is important.
When bringing legal action against a negligent party, it is crucial to one’s case to prove that the accident or injury was caused by negligence. This is called the burden of proof. Establishing the negligent party is a complicated matter. In some cases, driver negligence is the reason. Other times, road conditions caused the accident. In some situations, it could be a defective part of a car that caused the incident. When the question of liability must be answered, it is important to discuss your situation with an attorney. If successful, a person can be entitled to compensation.
Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or you lost a loved one, it is important to discuss your situation with an effective and experienced attorney. Timian & Fawcett, LLC provides quality legal representation to clients across Maryland and the DC Metro Area. Our firm fights for maximum compensation for those who are seriously injured by negligence. If you need a tenacious legal team to guide you through these tough times, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.