Car Accidents in Anne Arundel County
Recovering Compensation for Injured Victims of Car Accidents
Car accidents happen all too frequently on roads and highways across the country. Some are minor fender benders, with little to no property damage and the individuals involved walk away without a scratch. However, some are much more serious in nature, resulting in massive damage to the vehicles and severe, sometimes fatal injuries to those involved. If you are involved in a car accident, knowing the right steps to take immediately following the incident can have a significant impact on your case, including the amount of damages you are able to collect.
Steps to Take When You Are in an Accident
- Call 911 for immediate medical assistance. If you are able, check to see if any other drivers involved are in need of immediate medical attention, and if there are any hazardous conditions that could put you or other accident victims in further danger, like fuel leaks or electrical sparks.
- File an accident report. For insurance purposes, you will need obtain a copy of the accident report that includes details of the crash, injuries and property damage, and any other pertinent information that may be helpful to your claim. This will also serve as valuable evidence in your personal injury case if you were not at fault.
- Exchange information with the other drivers involved. Obtain and provide insurance information, as well as driver’s license number, license plate number, and a description of the other vehicle. Do not apologize to the other driver as that can be interpreted as admitting fault.
- Document the scene of the car accident. If you are able, take the following pictures of the scene as evidence:
- Location of the wreck
- Damage to the vehicles involved
- Other property damage including stop signs, traffic lights, and curb damage
- Evidence of weather conditions that may have contributed to the accident, including slick roadways, sun glare, and ice or snow
- Brake marks on the road
- Talk to witnesses. Ask witnesses for contact information, and if they would be willing to remain at the scene until police arrive in order to provide a statement for the police report.
- Seek medical attention. Oftentimes, the shock of the car accident can delay the physical effects of an injury. Even if you do not feel any pain or discomfort initially, it always a good idea to get checked out by a medical professional.
The following resources can help prove which driver is at fault:
- Police Report. You can obtain a copy of the police report by visiting the traffic division of your local police station.
- State Traffic Laws. Local motor vehicle offices can provide information about specific state laws that may apply to your crash, including speed limits, right of way, and roadway markings.
- “No-Doubt” Liability Cases. The following car accidents are deemed the fault of the other driver 99 percent of the time:
- Rear-End Collisions: If you have been rear-ended, it is highly unlikely that you would ever be considered at fault because it usually means that the driver who hit you was unable to stop in time because of how he or she was driving.
- Left-Turn Accidents: Vehicles that were making a left turn are almost always considered at fault for a car accident involving another car traveling straight in another direction.
Most Common Types of Car Accidents
- Low Speed Accidents: These include fender-benders, parking lot collisions and other collisions that occur when the vehicles are going under ten miles per hour.
- Rear-End Collisions: These are the most common causes of car accidents. While they tend to involve the least amount of property damage, rear-end crashes often result in whiplash, a painful and potentially debilitating neck injury.
- Sideswipe accidents: When a vehicle is merging into traffic, they can be sideswiped if they are not careful.
- Single Vehicle Crashes: Examples of this type of crash include slipping on wet, snowy, or icy roads, braking too hard to avoid something in the road, or losing control of the vehicle.
- T-Bone or Cross-Traffic Accidents: These accidents typically occur at intersections and usually happen when a driver either runs a red light, or makes a left turn without yielding to oncoming traffic.
Common Car Accident Injuries
- Arm and Leg Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Chest Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Scrapes and Cuts
- Soft Tissue Injuries
Anne Arundel County Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Car Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident, you are urged to contact the Anne Arundel County car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will thoroughly examine the details of your accident and guide you through every step of the legal process, ensuring that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, which includes the towns of Annapolis Neck, Arden on the Severn, Arnold, Brooklyn Park, Cape Saint Claire, Crofton, Crownsville, Deale, Edgewater, Ferndale, Fort Meade, Friendship, Galesville, Gambrills, Glen Burnie, Herald Harbor, Jessup, Lake Shore, Linthicum, Maryland City, Mayo, Naval Academy, Odenton, Parole, Pasadena, Pumphrey, Riva, Riviera Beach, Severn, Severna Park and Shady Side.