Queen Anne’s County Car Accident Lawyers
Representing Car Accident Victims Across Maryland
No matter how safe a driver you are, accidents can happen to anyone, at any time, whether you are driving on a busy highway or a quiet two-lane street. While some car accidents are unavoidable, many can be prevented if drivers use common sense, follow the rules of the road, and make safety a priority every time they get behind the wheel.
Car Accident Statistics
- More than 37,000 people die each year in car accidents.
- An additional 2.35 million people are injured.
- Approximately 1,600 children under the age of 15 are killed each year in car accidents.
- Close to 8,000 people between the ages of 16 and 20 die in car accidents every year.
What To Do Immediately Following an Accident
If you have not been seriously injured, and are physically able to get out of your car, make sure no one else is badly hurt. If others involved in the accident have been injured, call for help immediately. It is normal for emotions to be running high, but once you have been gotten over the initial shock, and you have called the police, there are some important steps to take shortly after the accident.
- Exchange insurance information. Be sure to get the contact information for all drivers involved, including their name, phone number, address, insurance information, driver’s license number, and license plate number. Even if you are just trying to be nice, do not apologize. The other driver could use that against you as an admission of guilt.
- Speak to witnesses at the scene. People who saw the accident happen can provide valuable information that can help determine fault. Ask what they saw and if they would be willing to provide their contact information.
- Take pictures. Take pictures of the scene of the accident. Pictures will provide valuable documentation of the damage to your vehicle. More importantly, it can also help to prove fault in the event you need to file a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for the wreck.
- Keep organized records of all medical treatment. Even if your injury was minor, you may want to have a medical professional examine you to rule out any internal injuries, or those that may not show up right away. Keep records of all doctor visits, emergency room visits, medication, physical therapy, and tests. In addition, keep track of any missed work days and any other ways that the injury has affected your daily life.
- Resist the temptation to accept the first settlement offer. Do not settle a claim if you think you should receive more compensation for your injuries. Consult with an experienced car accident lawyer before signing any settlement documents.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can happen when you least expect it, regardless of how responsible you are. The following are examples of some of the most common causes of car accidents in the United States:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Drowsy driving
- Reckless driving
- Defective parts
- Dangerous road conditions
Most Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accident victims can suffer from any number of injuries, depending on the nature of the accident. The following are example of some of the most common injuries:
- Cuts, scrapes, bruises, and lacerations
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Back and spine injuries
- Chest injuries
- Arm and leg injuries
- Psychological injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder
Queen Anne’s County Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Reach Successful Settlements for Car Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident, you are urged to contact the reputable Queen Anne’s County car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve, while ensuring your legal rights are protected. For 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 Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, which includes the towns of Barclay, Centreville, Church Hill, Millington, Queen Anne, Queenstown, Sudlersville, and Templeville.