Car accidents happen much more commonly than you would think. In 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (“NHTSA”), there were a total of 6,452,000 car accidents. Over 1.8 million of them resulted in personal injuries and more than 34,000 resulted in fatalities. 511 of those fatal car accidents took place in the state of Maryland.
At the Law Office of Nancy Miller and Mark Miller, our attorneys have successfully helped clients recover compensation for personal injuries they and their loved ones incurred in southern Maryland car accidents. While car accidents can result in a variety of personal injuries ranging from minor to very serious in scope, we specialize in handling claims involving wrongful death and catastrophic injuries such as burns, amputations, brain injury, and paralysis.
Causes of Car Accidents and Negligence
There are many causes of car accidents. What these causes have in common, however, is that they’re usually due to the negligent or reckless behavior of one of the drivers involved in the accident. Common examples of such reckless and negligent behavior include:
- distracted driving (i.e. driving while texting, putting on makeup, or engaging in other activity that distracts the driver)
- speeding (driving over the legal speed limit or at a reckless speed given the road conditions)
- driving while under the influence (driving while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, and other drugs)
- tailgating (driving too closely behind another vehicle)
failing to obey traffic signals (i.e. driving through a stop sign or red light or making a left turn when not indicated)
According to the NHTSA, speeding was the cause of 25% of the fatal car accidents that occurred in the state of Maryland in 2018. Driving under the influence accounted for 31%.
What is a Car Accident Claim?
The purpose of bringing a car accident claim is to seek compensation for injuries that one receives as a result of the negligence or recklessness of the driver who caused the accident. Our attorneys, who specialize in southern Maryland car accidents, understand that our clients want to find the quickest and most efficient path to maximizing the compensation they recover for injuries they incur in these accidents.
While it may be tempting to take the first amount offered to you by an insurance company after a car accident, keep in mind that most insurance companies won’t offer you the full amount to which you’re entitled without a fight. That’s why it’s very important to hire an experienced attorney to help you recover for everything from property damage to medical expenses to pain and suffering to lost wages and other items of damages caused by car accidents.
Helping Clients Injured in Southern Maryland Car Accidents
If you or a loved one suffers a catastrophic injury or wrongful death as a result of a car accident, contact us for a free consultation with one of our attorneys who have extensive experience with Southern Maryland car accidents. We’ll make sure you get the compensation you deserve.