When people do not have their own driver’s license, they sometimes need to rely on others to drive them around. This may be with the help of a family member, friend, or a cab. Typically, people hop into a vehicle without any thought of potentially being involved in an accident. However, it is important to always be cautious of another driver before agreeing to drive with them. This is even the case when you know the person well. This is because serious accidents and injuries can happen in the event that a driver acts negligently behind the wheel. In these situations, victims of negligence should retain the services of an experienced attorney to help their case.
What to Do After an Accident
After being involved in an accident, there are certain steps you should take to ensure the best outcome. Most importantly, medical attention should be sought immediately. This allows you to address any possible injuries you may have. Law enforcement should also be contacted to ensure the safety of the scene as well as to document the incident with an official police report. In addition to this, all witness information should be collected to make statements on your behalf. These documents and information can be used to build a case for negligence.
Negligence is a common cause of car accidents in the state of Maryland. In order to prove negligence in a lawsuit, the injured party is required to prove that the driver directly caused their suffering as a result of their behavior. There are many different types of negligence that can cause an accident, including the following:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving or speeding
- Drowsy driving
- Texting and driving
In the event that negligence is proven successfully, the injured party may be able to receive significant compensation. This exists as coverage for any damages that occur as a result of the accident. It is important to know that injured parties are able to receive both economic and non-economic damages, as it is common to suffer physically and emotionally after an accident. Economic damages cover any financial burdens including medical expenses, lost wages, lost future wages, medical equipment, and additional home assistance. Non-economic damages cover any non-financial burdens such as emotional distress, loss of independence, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact our Firm
If you or a family member have been injured in a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.