College Park Car Accident Lawyer

Car accidents can be stressful and terrifying. A car accident can leave you or your loved ones with lasting physical and emotional effects. If you endured several damages from a car accident, you should not have to fight for compensation on your own. A College Park car accident lawyer can help you navigate this confusing time. Our team at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can walk you through each step of the process and stand by you. We can help you fight for the compensation you need. Call us today for a free consultation at (410) 877-6021.

What Causes Car Accidents

Car accidents can be caused by a variety of reasons. The most common reasons are human error. The slightest mistake on the road may result in a complete disaster for another vehicle, including your own. The following are common causes of car accidents:

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is not only dangerous but illegal. When you drive while intoxicated, your response time is much more impaired than normal. You might also make decisions you would not normally make if you were sober.

Distracted Driving

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), between 2013 and 2015, distracted driving caused an average of 147 fatalities a year. Distracted driving can include texting while driving, talking to passengers in the vehicle, eating or drinking while driving, or even just changing the radio station. Taking your eyes off the road for even a moment can result in disaster.

Speeding

Speeding is either done intentionally or by accident. You might not realize how fast you are going until it is too late. Speeding can take other drivers around you by surprise if you come up behind them. It can also cause an accident to be much worse because of the momentum behind the crash.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving can easily cause accidents. Some people think that the rules of the road do not apply to them. They drive too fast, take corners too fast, run red lights, and might lend themselves to drive aggressively.

Fatigue

Many people drive after long days at work or school. When you are driving fatigued, you are not as focused as you normally would be. You might drift off for just a second. You might not realize someone pulled out in front of you until it is too late. Driving while fatigued puts you and everyone around you in danger.

Be Aware of the Statute of Limitations

According to the Maryland Code, Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 5–101, you have up to three years after your car accident to file a lawsuit. However, the sooner you file a claim, the sooner a College Park car accident lawyer can get started on your case. Gathering evidence is also an important step in building a car accident case. The sooner you file your lawsuit, then the more readily available the evidence might be. Our team at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can help you file your case on time. Call us today at (410) 877-6021 to get started.

Compensation You Might Be Entitled To Receive

If you were involved in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation for the damages you sustained. You should not have to suffer any more than you already have. The cost of a car accident can turn your life upside down. You may be able to get compensation for the following damages:

Medical Bills

Depending on the types of injuries you suffered, the number of medical bills you acquired can vary. However, these are not medical bills you should have to pay at all. If you did not cause your accident, you may be compensated for the medical bills you have due to your accident.

Vehicle Damages

If your vehicle was involved in a car accident, it probably took on some damage. Depending on the amount of damage your vehicle has, you might get compensated for the repairs. If your vehicle is beyond repair and is totaled, you might get compensated for the value of the vehicle. A lack of a working vehicle can disrupt your life more than your car accident already has.

Pain and Suffering

A car accident can cause pain and suffering in anyone’s life. How do you put a dollar amount on pain and suffering? Your lawyer may help you compare your physical and emotional pain to your overall financial damages. Using certain formulas, they can reach an estimated value that fairly accounts for your inconvenience.

Loss of Income

If you had to miss work due to your car accident, not having a working vehicle, or having to treat your injuries, you may be compensated for the time you missed at work. You may also be compensated for future loss of income if your injuries or current situation prevents you from working in the future, whether temporarily or permanently.

How the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow Can Help

If you or a loved one was in a car accident, you might be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Being in a car accident can completely turn someone’s life upside down. You should not have to worry about fighting for compensation on top of trying to heal as well. A College Park car accident lawyer can fight on your behalf. Our team at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can gather the evidence you need to build a strong case. We can also communicate on your behalf to the parties involved in your case, including their insurers and their legal teams. Call us today at (410) 877-6021 for a free case evaluation.