Car accidents occur often and they can have devastating results. If you are injured in a car accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about recovering compensation after a car accident in Maryland.
How do Car Accidents Occur?
There are a number of ways a car accident can occur. The majority of accidents are due to driver negligence. The most common examples of negligence include:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to yield
- Failure to abide by traffic lights and stop signs
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred. In order to do so, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911
- The police can call an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more.
- Obtain witness contacts
- If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. This can have a large impact on your personal injury case.
- Document the scene
- You should make sure to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the damage down to all vehicles and property involved.
- Seek medical attention
- It is important to visit the hospital immediately after an accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated. Additionally, it will provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been injured in a car accident, taking legal action may be the last thing on your mind. But, it is important that you do not wait too long. This is because of a deadline known as the statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file on time will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover compensation. To avoid missing any important deadlines, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will need the help of a dedicated attorney. Contact our firm to discuss your case today.
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.