Car accidents can happen just about anywhere in Maryland, but they tend to happen quite often on Interstate 95. These accidents can be devastating for drivers and their families, especially when there are injuries involved. If you or your loved one were hurt in an accident on I-95, you may want to pursue damages.
An I-95 car accident lawyer from our firm can help you seek financial compensation while protecting your legal rights. By working with our team, you can focus on your health and family matters while we focus on your case. Call the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow for a free consultation today or keep reading to learn more.
Recovering Damages After an I-95 Car Accident in Maryland
You may be eligible to recover significant damages after your accident, such as current and future medical expenses and lost wages. In Maryland, there is no limit on economic damages like these in personal injury cases. However, there is a limit on non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and emotional anguish, according to Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 11-108.
In wrongful death cases with multiple beneficiaries, Maryland courts will limit non-economic damages as well. While there are no limits on punitive damages, it can be difficult to receive them in Maryland, and they rarely apply in car accident cases. Punitive damages can only be awarded in cases involving actual malice.
With potential complications like these, it may be difficult for you to recover damages on your own. A lawyer from our firm can determine which damages you may be eligible for and how to best pursue them in your claim.
You May be Eligible for Many Types of Damages
In Maryland, victims of car accidents may be eligible for a number of economic damages and non-economic damages, including:
- Medical bills incurred now and in the future
- Bills for any continual care, such as in-home care or inpatient care
- Wages you have already lost or will lose in the future due to your injuries
- Diminished earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of your damaged property
- Additional out-of-pocket expenses
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages
- Other intangible harms and losses
For legal consultation with a i-95 accident attorney in Harford County, call (410)777-8960
The Next Steps You Should Take After Your Car Accident
If you have injuries after your car accident but have not seen a doctor yet, you should do so right away. If you have already seen a doctor but are experiencing new or different symptoms, be sure to see the doctor again. Visiting a medical professional right away may be important for your claim.
You should also go to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and file an accident report there if a report has not been filed yet. This report can be used as evidence for your claim.
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Contributory Negligence in Maryland
In most other U.S. states, the injured party in a car accident files a claim with the other party’s insurance company, and the company investigates the claim. Typically, the insurance company will then offer a settlement, and the two parties will negotiate. If a settlement is not reached, the injured party may file a lawsuit.
In Maryland, if the injured party is considered even slightly responsible for the accident, they cannot recover damages. In your case, if the other party’s insurer can prove you were at least slightly responsible for your accident, you will not be able to recover any damages. A lawyer from our firm may be able to prevent this from happening.
Car Insurance Liability in Maryland
The state of Maryland also does not require drivers to carry PIP (personal injury protection) insurance. This insurance covers a driver’s damages regardless of responsibility for an accident. If you do not have PIP insurance and are found even slightly responsible for your accident, you may have to repair your vehicle and pay your medical bills out of your own pocket.
If you file a claim against the other party’s insurer, your settlement will be limited by the insurance coverage they have. If your damages exceed the other party’s coverage, you can take your case to court. Our firm would be happy to discuss this option and other potential options with you.
Maryland’s Statute of Limitations Will Likely Apply in Your Case
Typically, civil actions like personal injury lawsuits must be filed within three years of the accident, per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-101. Wrongful death lawsuits must also be filed within three years of an accident, per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 3-904.
If you want to file a lawsuit, you should consider reaching out to our firm right away. Doing so gives your lawyer the chance to meet the statute of limitations that applies in your case. Also, your lawyer will be able to get started on your case immediately.
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Contact Us for an I-95 Car Accident Lawyer in Harford County, MD
An I-95 car accident lawyer from our firm can help you recover the damages that you deserve. Recovering non-economic and punitive damages may be much easier with the help of our firm. Also, your lawyer may be able to help you avoid any accusations of contributory negligence in your case.
If you believe that your car accident on Interstate 95 was someone else’s fault, our firm is ready to fight for you and manage all legal matters in your case, so you can focus on healing. To make sure that your lawyer is available by phone and email whenever you need them, we will provide you with a unique text number for 24/7 text communication.
To get started and learn how we can help, call the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow today at (410) 777-8960 . We happily offer free consultations for all prospective clients. If you need medical care, we can also suggest highly qualified medical providers – the same providers we trust for our own staff and families.