Being involved in a car accident is never something you want to be underprepared for. Continue reading to learn the most common causes of car accidents, what steps to take after said accident, and the statute of limitations for auto accident claims in Maryland. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney today to discuss your options.
What are the most common causes of car accidents in the state of Maryland?
There are many situations and behaviors that could cause a car accident. Among these reasons, weather conditions, road conditions, and other factors may come into play. However, the most common cause of car accidents in the state of Maryland is driver negligence.
The most repeated examples of negligence you will encounter on the road in Maryland are drunk driving, distracted driving, texting while driving, excessive speeding, drugged driving, failure to follow traffic signs, failure to yield, and driving while tired. Proving negligence while driving is the basis for constructing a personal injury claim.
What steps should I take after a car accident?
After a car accident, be sure to contact the authorities and remain on the scene. The police will conduct a police report as well as send an ambulance to the scene for any injuries. Collect the negligent driver’s insurance information, but be sure to keep the conversation short and polite.
Take pictures of any vehicle or property damage to document the scene. If you receive medical care, it is important to obtain all medical documentation of the treatment. This will include the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
In the state of Maryland, for most accidents, PIP (Personal Injury Protection) is in place to support any injured drivers involved in the incident. PIP is put into place as a form of insurance that provides financial support with no regard to fault. This will provide coverage for any lost wages or medical bills caused by the accident.
The only instance that PIP will not be put into place is if the insurance policyholder specifically waves this plan. It is also important to know that a PIP claim can be filed with a third-party lawsuit.
What is the statute of limitations for auto accidents claims in Maryland?
There is a statute of limitations in place that dictates how long an individual has to sue for auto accident claims in Maryland. For personal injury claims, the statute of limitations in Maryland is generally three years. This means from the date of your injury, you will have three years to file your claim in the state of Maryland. After three years have passed, you will be barred from suing. Begin your claims process today by reaching out to our Maryland personal injury attorney.
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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.