Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers
Contributory Negligence Laws in Maryland Car Accidents
Maryland lawyers who will fight for your right to recover damages after an auto accident
The legal team at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. has been helping victims recover compensation for their injuries in the Baltimore area since 1987. Our reputable Maryland accident law firm has more than 30 years of experience, and we have obtained more than $250 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. With our proven track record of successful outcomes in difficult cases, you can trust LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. to handle your car accident injury claim.
Maryland courts uphold contributory negligence doctrine
Unlike most other states, Maryland’s contributory negligence laws prevent injured victims from recovering any damages from a car accident claim if the injured party shares even 1% of the fault for causing the accident. The contributory negligence defense creates an all-or-nothing scenario for injured victims. In order to recover damages when another driver’s negligent actions caused your car accident, it is necessary to prove that the negligent driver is solely responsible for causing the accident and that your actions did not contribute in any way to your injuries. The contributory negligence doctrine often results in unjust consequences for injured victims; however, in July 2013 the Maryland Court of Appeals upheld the application of the contributory negligence defense in personal injury cases. In most other states, liability is determined by comparative negligence, and damages are adjusted based on percentage of fault.
Fighting a contributory negligence defense in Maryland
Victims injured in car accidents in Maryland must be prepared to counter a contributory negligence defense in order to recover compensation for their injuries. Our Maryland car accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate your car accident claim to determine fault and prove liability. We will use our knowledge and experience to your advantage by proactively refuting any claims that your actions may have contributed to your car accident, and we will fight any delays or refusals to pay by the other driver’s insurance company- or your insurance company if your accident was caused by an uninsured driver.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Victims of Accidents Prove Liability and Get Compensation
To learn more about your personal injury recovery rights in Maryland car accidents, call LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact our firm online to schedule a free initial consultation at our Baltimore offices. Our legal team maintains a 24-hour hotline so that auto accident victims can receive immediate assistance. We handle your claim on a contingency basis — meaning we do not charge you unless we win. We consider your total satisfaction our top priority. Call our highly skilled and compassionate Baltimore car accident lawyers today.