Car Accident Attorney Serving All of Maryland
Car accidents are the most common type of auto accident in the United States. In fact, in 2019 alone, about 4.4 million people sustained car accident injuries that required medical attention. If you are someone who has been involved in a car accident, you most likely now require financial compensation to help you get back on your feet again. Fortunately, our firm is here to help. Simply continue reading and contact the Ruben Law Firm today to learn more about car accidents and how our firm can guide you through the legal process going forward.
Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents, unfortunately, can be caused by several different factors. Though there are times where people are not directly responsible for these accidents, such as when a severe storm hits, car accidents are generally a result of driver negligence. Some of the most common examples of negligent driving behavior include the following:
- Distracted Driving: This has become the leading cause of car accidents in the United States, and it is no surprise why. With everyone constantly on their phones, it seems everywhere you look you can spot a motorist with his/her eyes off the road and on their phone. This makes the roads an extremely dangerous place to be, and if you were in a car accident because of a distracted driver, you are most likely entitled to financial compensation.
- Driving Under the Influence: When people drive with alcohol or drugs in their system, they severely impair their decision-making abilities, which frequently causes devastating accidents.
- Speeding: We live in a world where seemingly everybody is constantly in a rush. Though we do not necessarily think of speeding as a criminal act, speeding causes some of the most gruesome accidents we see.
- Driving While Fatigued: When the time comes to leave work for the day, most of us are tired. However, this is no excuse to cause an accident. If you feel drowsy or fatigued after work, grab an extra cup of coffee before taking to the road. If someone causes an accident because of their inability to stay awake or fully concentrate, you can bet they will bear responsibility for that accident.
Types of Car Accidents
There are several types of car accidents, all of which frequently result in very serious injuries. Some of the most common types of car accidents in Maryland are as follows:
- Low-Speed Collisions: These most commonly occur in parking lots and other places with high concentrations of people and motorists. Unfortunately, people are often in such a rush to leave these places that they end up striking pedestrians or other cars.
- Collisions at Intersections: These collisions, also known as T-bone crashes, generally occur when a motorist is traveling through a yellow light while another driver going in the opposite direction simultaneously makes a left turn.
- Rear-End Collisions: These are perhaps the most common type of car accident. They usually occur when people drive too closely to the motorist in front of them. Motorists should travel at least three car-lengths back from the person in front of them. When they fail to do so, accidents are extremely likely. In almost every case, the driver of the rear-ending car is liable for the accident.
- Head-On Collisions: These occur when motorists fail to observe their surroundings and drive either the wrong way on one-way roads, or even on the opposite side of a two-lane road. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a motorist who was driving on the wrong side of the road, there is a very good chance you will qualify for financial compensation.
Taking Legal Action
The first thing you should do after you’ve received medical treatment for your injuries is contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney. Our firm has the skill and knowledge needed to satisfy the burden of proof. Simply put, the phrase “burden of proof” means that you will have to prove you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. The Ruben Law Firm will tirelessly work to obtain various types of useful evidence on your behalf, including medical papers concerning your injuries, police reports documenting the incident, witness testimony, pictures of the unsafe conditions that caused your accident, and more. Additionally, in many cases, our firm can also subpoena security camera footage to help prove your claim. That being said, you must ensure you take legal action sooner, rather than later, for Maryland has a statute of limitations in place regarding personal injury claims.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is the legally-acceptable period of time individuals have to file a lawsuit against another person. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is, generally, three years, you will generally have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the negligent driver. If you fail to do so, you will most likely be barred from suing. Do not let this happen. We are ready to begin the claims process immediately.
When someone wins a personal injury claim, there are two types of compensation they may receive, known as damages. The two types of damages include economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages deal with financial hardships you have faced as a result of your accident. These can include lost wages, the cost of your medical bills, and more. Economic damages, however, deal primarily with non-monetary damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship, disability, and more.
Contact an Anne Arundel Car Accident Attorney
If you have been wrongly injured in a Maryland car accident, we are here to help. Attorney Ruben has been dedicated to serving clients across Maryland for nearly 30 years, and he is prepared to do the same for you. You have our pledge to tenaciously fight for your rights, every step of the way. If you have been injured, you know what to do. Contact the Ruben Law Firm today to schedule an initial consultation. We are here to help.