Exceptional Motor Vehicle Accident Representation
Car accidents happen every day, and you need legal representation when you are injured, or your life is turned upside-down by a negligent driver. At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, our Baltimore car accident lawyers will help you learn the truth behind your accident, guide your family through this troubling time, and handle any case, no matter how complex it is. Your auto accident may seem trivial compared to accidents you have seen on the news, but your injuries should be taken seriously. Consult with our team as soon as possible to avoid any delays in filing your case or handling your insurance claim.
An average of 100,00 car accidents happen every year in Maryland. While car accident fatality rates tend to be lower in Maryland than the national average, you must be prepared for the day a negligent driver hurts you or someone you love. You require zealous representation when you have been injured due to the actions of a careless or reckless motorist. At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, we represent individuals who suffered harm because of accidents involving a variety of vehicles and situations.
How Did the Accident Occur?
Accidents occur for a variety of reasons. If you have been hurt by any of the factors described below, you may be entitled to compensation:
- Buses driven by public or private services. The vehicles may be driven by reckless people. The bus might not have been serviced properly, or the bus may have been driving in the wrong place. If you have information about the driver, they can be held accountable for the accident.
- Defective parts. Auto manufacturers can be held liable for your accident, even if they issued a recall.
- Distracted drivers. Drivers may be texting or talking to a passenger. Truck drivers may be distracted by their dispatcher or CB radio, and their negligence must be brought to light after the accident.
- Drunk drivers. These drivers are criminals, and they will be prosecuted by the state to the fullest extent of the law. You have the right to sue a drunk driver who caused injuries or deaths as a result of their carelessness.
- Hit-and-run drivers. The drivers might get away from the scene, but they can be found with help from the police and our experienced car accident lawyers. You may need witness testimony to find a hit-and-run driver.
- Motorcycles. Motorcyclists can crash into your car at any time. A motorcyclist that rides recklessly or darts in and out of traffic may have caused your crash. Likewise, a motorcyclist can file a claim against any driver that has hurt them in a crash.
- Pedestrians. People might dart in front of your car, and you might crash as you swerve to get out of the way. These pedestrians should be held accountable for their reckless behavior. Pedestrians might also have a case if they were harmed by a careless driver.
- Poor weather conditions. Weather can affect your reflexes and the performance of your vehicle. If another driver is driving too fast for conditions, they might injure you.
- Road hazards. If you are hurt while trying to avoid a road hazard, crash into an obstacle, or lose a loved one, the parties responsible can be responsible for damages.
- Rollovers. An errant driver might have “pitted” your car, which caused you to roll over. If your vehicle is defective, the manufacturer can be held liable for the accident.
- Speeding. A speeding motorist could harm you at any time. The motorist might receive a ticket for driving too fast when the police arrive, but you can sue for damages because their careless driving caused your injuries. If you are harmed by an inexperienced driver, you should file a claim for all the injuries the driver caused.
- Large trucks. Truck are involved in nine percent of all the accidents in America, even though they represent only four percent of all registered vehicles. You could be harmed by a reckless driver, a driver who fell asleep at the wheel, or a driver who was darting in an out of traffic in a vehicle that was not meant for that type of driving. We also investigate trucking companies if they improperly maintained their vehicles or incorrectly trained their drivers.
- Uninsured drivers. These drivers may leave the scene and offer you no insurance company to contact. We will investigate the crash and file a claim against that driver for all damages incurred in the accident.
What Should I Do After an Accident?
A car accident is one of the worst times of your life. However, there are a few things you can do to recover from your accident faster:
- Call 991 immediately.
- Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Exchange insurance information with all parties involved.
- Take pictures and video of the accident scene, where possible. A friend or witness can do this for you if you are hurt.
- Collect eyewitness statements, as well as their names and phone numbers.
- Keep your clothes and shoes from that day; your personal effects often corroborate the seriousness of the accident to support your story.
- Contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
You cannot file a lawsuit after your accident if you do not have the appropriate information. A police report is a good place to start, but you cannot trust the police to take pictures of the scene or write a thorough report. Our car accident experts will use that information to start an investigation.
Our attorneys have thorough experience working with clients who have been involved in car accidents. When you come to us, a skilled car accident lawyer from our firm will personally speak to you to gather information about your accident and assesses if you have a valid case. We work with professionals in the medical and automotive fields to investigate your case. An expert can recreate the circumstances of your accident to show the other driver was at-fault, or prove that a construction crew, municipality, or corporate entity caused your accident.
We provide referrals to health care professionals who can help you recover, and we work with your doctors to understand the costs involved in your recovery. All this information is used to create a legal claim. We communicate with insurance companies about your coverage, and we will fight the insurance company if they want to deny you coverage. You should not give a verbal statement to your insurance company because they may use your words against you.
Damages in Auto Accident Lawsuits
You have the right to obtain compensation for economic and non-economic losses if another party was at-fault for your accident. You may be able to recover damages for:
- Damaged property: Anything that was lost in the accident should be paid for.
- Current medical expenses: You may list all the medical expenses that you incurred as a result of the accident. Provide receipts to your lawyer as the case develops.
- Future medical expenses: Your doctor should provide a treatment plan that explains how much your treatment will cost.
- Loss of quality of life: If your quality of life has diminished, you may request damages. You might have lost friends, lost companionship, or feel isolated as a result of the accident and your injuries.
- Lost wages: If you missed work because of the accident, you have the right to be paid for work that you would have done had the accident never occurred.
- Lost earning potential: You may have lost earning potential because you were hurt or disabled.
- Pain and suffering: The emotional toll that an accident takes on you and your family should be considered when your lawsuit is filed.
We may also be able to help you receive punitive damages in cases where the liable driver was deliberately malicious. Punitive damages are not guaranteed, but they can be used by the jury to punish the defendant for their careless behavior.
What is Contributory Negligence?
Maryland uses the contributory negligence rule when managing personal injury cases or insurance claims. You may have been horribly injured in an accident, or someone may have died because of another driver’s negligence. Unfortunately, the state can deny your claim if you are found to be even remotely responsible for the crash. Our expert attorneys will work diligently to prove that you are innocent in the crash. Then, and only then, can you be paid compensation under Maryland law.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits and Damages
In the state of Maryland, you cannot file a wrongful death lawsuit unless you are the parent, spouse, or child of the deceased. If you lost someone in a car accident, these people can recover compensation for their loss. An exception is made if you are a family member related by blood or marriage who substantially depended on the deceased. Our attorneys will review your case to ensure that you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit after a car crash. Keep in mind that the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years while the statute of limitations for wrongful death cases is two years. Do not wait to contact us.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Car Accidents Victims Obtain the Compensation They Deserve
LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton provides personal legal representation to clients injured in auto accidents. Contact us online or at call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) to schedule a free consultation today. All of our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing for our services or expenses until our expert Baltimore car accident lawyers win your case. We keep flexible office hours and have a 24-hour hotline you can call in case of an emergency.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Prince George’s County, allowing us to represent victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.