What Does a Car Accident Lawyer Do?

While the exact services of a car accident lawyer may vary between law firms, their services generally entail helping you file claims, demonstrate liability, communicate with insurance companies and defendants, and more. Other services offered by car accident lawyers can include, but may not be limited to:
  • Advising you on relevant statutes and guidelines that may affect your claim
  • Filling out legal paperwork
  • Investigating your case for evidence of liability and the value of your damages
  • Calling upon the expertise of industry specialists to testify in your defense
  • Handling settlement negotiations
  • Taking your case to trial and providing civil litigation services
  • And more
These are just a few of the things a car accident lawyer can do. Most lawyers mend their services to meet their client’s specific needs. Every case does not require civil litigation services, and every case does not require in-depth investigations. Instead, a lawyer will serve your legal needs based on your unique case, your particular circumstances, and more.

How a Car Accident Lawyer Helps Negotiate a Settlement

As many victims have no experience negotiating settlements, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with the process. A car accident lawyer can take over all communications and negotiations with the insurance company when they represent you. In the eyes of a car accident lawyer, the most important aspects of settlement negotiations may include:
  • Obtaining relevant evidence to back up your claims
  • Understanding the process of proving liability
  • Standing your ground
  • Carrying a firm understanding of the laws that govern the field of personal injury law
  • Not making statements that could harm the case
  • And more
If the responsible party’s insurance company is unwilling to make you a fair settlement offer, a lawyer can take your case to trial and present your argument before a judge or jury. In doing so, a lawyer will also make sure that your case meets any applicable legal deadlines and filing requirements.

Maryland’s Pure Contributory Negligence System

In most states in America, you may still be compensated even if you were partially at-fault for your accident. In these states, your settlement would typically be reduced by the percentage of liability you displayed. For example, if you were 30% at fault for your accident and you were awarded $100,000, your settlement would be reduced to $70,000. However, victims in Maryland are subjected to some of the strictest laws on injury cases. Maryland is one of four states that practices pure contributory negligence, meaning that victims may be denied any amount of compensation if they are even 1% to blame for their accident. Even so, Maryland car accident lawyers will fight to reveal the truth behind your accident. This may include gathering evidence of the full extent of the responsible party’s liability and defending you from accusations of fault.

Other Relevant Car Accident Laws in Maryland

According to the Maryland Insurance Administration, there are mandatory minimum amounts of liability coverage Maryland drivers must have, including:
  • $30,000 for bodily injury per person
  • $60,000 bodily injury per accident
  • $15,000 for property damage
Further, in accordance with Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 5–101, there is a general three-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in Maryland. If you let this time period expire, you may become ineligible to recover damages via a lawsuit.

Car Accident Lawyers Representing Victims in Maryland

Here at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we are proud to represent car accident victims in Maryland. When we take on your case, our firm can handle all communications, evidence gathering, and legal work on your behalf. We will answer your questions, update you on your case, and give you legal advice. Ultimately, we want to help you and your loved ones defend your rights and pursue compensation after a car accident harmed you. The way we see it, nobody has the right to damage your way of life with their negligent actions. We will use our understanding of Maryland’s personal injury laws to help you fight for a brighter future. We may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. For more information about what a car accident lawyer from our firm can do for you, contact a representative of the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow today at (410) 877-6021. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to Maryland car accident victims.