If you suffered harm in a car accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury case against the responsible driver. Consider working with a Towson car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow.
Our team can help you investigate your case and quantify your damages in order to prepare a strong claim or lawsuit. Let us explore your options for recouping the cost of your accident-related losses, starting with a free case assessment.
Factors That Can Support a Case for Damages
To build your case, our team will need to determine the circumstances that lead to your collision. Depending on what caused your accident, several different parties may be at fault for your crash.
Expert testimony, your medical records, and traffic camera footage can provide insight into the moments leading up to, during, and after your accident. We may find that one or more of the following factors caused your accident:
Driver negligence comes in many forms. Common actions that could make a driver liable for collision damages include:
- Reckless and aggressive driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving without the necessary experience or licensing required to operate a motor vehicle
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
Vehicle malfunctions and breakdowns, tire blowouts, worn brakes, and loose cargo can lead to an accident. When this happens, a negligent mechanic, vehicle manufacturer, or trucking company may be to blame. We may be able to build a case against one or more of these entities.
A commercial trucking company may also be liable for your damages if factors like driver overwork, underserviced vehicles, or poor driver training caused or contributed to your collision.
Road or Environmental Issues
In some cases, lack of road maintenance or preparation for environmental hazards can cause collisions. In these cases, our firm may be able to hold a negligent municipality or construction team responsible for:
- Poor lighting
- Road damage
- Unclear or missing traffic control devices or signs
- Dangerous curves
- Road debris
The Importance of Determining Fault in Your Case
Maryland is one of only four states in the country that uses a contributory negligence law. According to this law, if you are even one percent at fault for an accident, the law can bar you from receiving compensation.
This is why it is so vital that we investigate your accident to thoroughly prepare for any allegations that you may be at fault for what happened. An investigation can help us obtain the evidence necessary to prove the fault of other parties and quantify the damages you may be entitled to claim.
At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we can assist you throughout this process. A Towson car accident lawyer from our team will walk you through everything you need to know about the claims process, gathering evidence, and proving fault.
These are the Damages You May Recover
Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to secure compensation for the following losses and damages:
- Medical treatment expenses
- Property damage costs
- Lost income
- Lost earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral or burial expenses
You could recover other damages not listed here as well. Our team knows how to identify the damages our clients have suffered and establish their worth in order to help them seek appropriate compensation.
The Severity of Your Injuries Could Determine Your Case’s Value
According to the Mayo Clinic, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Motor vehicle accidents can lead to other serious injuries as well, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Back, neck, and nerve injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Cuts and lacerations
- Facial injuries or disfigurement
- Eye, ear, and dental injuries
- Emotional trauma
The medical treatment expenses for these types of injuries can be substantial, as they may require surgery, physiotherapy, and diagnostic testing. The costs of assistive devices and medications can also seriously affect your financial stability. Moreover, lack of independence after an accident due to disabling injuries can have serious effects on your mental health.
How We Can Assist You
Our firm is here to help you handle the fallout of your accident. We will work to help you get your life back on track and secure whatever compensation the law—and the specifics of your case—entitles you to. We can do this by:
- Determining the cause of your accident
- Identifying the at-fault party or parties responsible for your collision
- Gathering the evidence needed to support your case
- Quantifying your losses and damages
- Submitting your demand letter to the at-fault party’s insurer
- Providing you with a unique contact number for 24/7 text communication
- Keeping you up to date regarding the status of your case
- Helping you understand the laws and insurance rules that apply to your case
- Negotiating on your behalf with insurers and the at-fault party’s representatives
- Taking your case to court if a settlement cannot be reached
According to Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code §5-101, the personal injury statute of limitations is three years. This means you have three years to file your lawsuit in civil court. If you miss your filing deadline, you may lose the right to recover any damages after your accident. Let us help you stay ahead of the deadline in your case.
Reach Out to Our Firm Today
Call the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow today at (410) 877-6021. It can take time to build a case, so let one of our Towson car accident lawyers get to work and help you seek the compensation you deserve. Do not hesitate to reach out to us today.