Hyattsville Car Accident Lawyer

If you were involved in a car accident in Hyattsville, Maryland, the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow may be able to help you. We coordinate personal injury insurance claims and lawsuits on behalf of our clients. While you focus on your recovery, a Hyattsville car accident lawyer from our firm may be able to manage all aspects of your case. Our team can help you in negotiations with the at-fault party and their insurer and can make sure that you file for all of the damages that you may have a right to claim. For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow today at (410) 777-8960. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required.

Car Accident Causes and Liability

Common causes of car accidents include:
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Reckless or aggressive driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Road damage
  • Vehicle malfunctions
  • Poor lighting
  • Poor or unclear lane demarcations
  • Traffic control signal issues
  • Driver inexperience
Depending on which of the factors above were involved in your accident, there are different parties you may be able to hold liable for damages. If a negligent driver caused your accident, you may be able to hold them liable for damages. You may be able to hold a vehicle service team or a cargo loading team liable for an accident if a mechanical failure or cargo malfunction caused your accident. Similarly, you may be able to hold a municipal office liable for damages if roads within the office’s jurisdiction were not repaired or traffic control signals were not maintained, and those factors contributed to your accident. The Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can conduct an investigation into your accident to identify the liable party when we represent you.

Gathering Evidence in a Car Accident Case

Maryland is an at-fault state where you can hold anyone who caused your accident liable for your damages as long as you did not contribute in any way to the accident in question. Maryland is one of only four states that uses a contributory negligence rule in which being found 1% negligent can bar you as a claimant or plaintiff from any compensation in your case. Because of this law, it is important to have evidence of the full extent of the responsible party’s liability. To substantiate your claims regarding how your accident was caused, you may be able to use:
  • Photos or videos of the accident
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Police reports
  • Electronic device usage
  • Driver driving records
  • Vehicle maintenance records

Establishing Negligence

Anyone operating a motor vehicle on the road is assumed to owe other road users a duty of operating their vehicle safely, responsibly, and with the competence required to avoid harming others. This is why driver testing and licensing, vehicle checkups, license suspensions, and familiarity with —and adherence to—traffic laws are so important. In order to recover compensation, the evidence you collect must show that the at-fault party that caused your accident was driving negligently or dangerously and that their actions were a direct or proximate cause of the accident in which you were involved. You must also show that you would more than likely not have been involved in an accident if the at-fault party did not drive or conduct themselves on the road the way they did. Their failure to drive safely and in accordance with traffic laws may be used as proof of the breach of the duty of care. When you work with a Hyattsville car accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow on your case, we may be able to collect evidence to demonstrate how the responsible party’s negligence caused your accident and your injuries. For a free, no-obligation consultation on your case with a member of our team, call the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow today at (410) 777-8960.

Potentially Recoverable Damages

Although every claim is unique, in general, the following damages may be recoverable in a car accident case:
  • Current and future costs of medical treatment
  • Lost wages for the time that your accident and treatment forced you to miss work
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
The Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can also collect evidence of your damages and their value when we represent you.

Insurance Coverage in Maryland

According to the Maryland Insurance Administration, all vehicles in Maryland must carry:
  • $30,000 bodily injury liability for one person per accident
  • $60,000 bodily injury liability for two or more people per accident
  • $15,000 property damage liability per accident
If your losses exceed these limits, you may be able to use applicable healthcare, collision, or comprehensive liability plan to cover additional losses. You may also be able to sue the responsible driver for your remaining damages in a personal injury case. The Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can help you navigate the insurance claim and/or lawsuit process when we represent you.

Contact Us Today

If you qualify, a Hyattsville car accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can help you gather evidence, locate the at-fault party, and identify the breach of the duty of care that led to your accident. Our team can also evaluate your damages and handle negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurer. Keep in mind that you must file your claim before the statutes of limitations that apply to your case expire. In Maryland, there is a general three-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits, per Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings §5–101. For a lawsuit against a government agency, the deadline may be just one-year, per Maryland Tort Claims Act §12-106. To learn more about what deadlines pertain to your case in a free case evaluation with a member of our team, contact the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow today at (410) 777-8960.