Maryland Vehicle Accident FAQ
Why should I choose D’Amore Personal Injury Law to handle my major accident case?
Are car accidents and truck accidents the same?
No. There are many distinctions between car accidents and trucking accidents. Many of those distinctions result from additional rules and regulations that apply to commercial trucks and that do not apply to passenger vehicles.
How Accident Settlements Work
- If you are in an accident and can prove fault on the part of the other driver, you can file a claim under your own insurance policy, file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company, or file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that you engage the services of an experienced car accident attorney to assist you with this process. Insurance companies are in the business of saving money on claims. They are NOT motivated to look out for your best interests.
- If you cannot settle with the insurance company, you can file a lawsuit and attempt to settle before going to trial.
- Make sure you receive treatment for any injuries and ascertain the extent of all accident related injuries before you settle because once you settle, you cannot reopen the case in the future.
What damages can I receive as a result of my accident?
You are entitled to recover monies for the damage to your property (motor vehicle), medical expenses, both those that you have already paid and those that you can establish you are reasonably expected to incur in the future, lost wages, both wages you have already lost as well as wages you can establish that you are reasonably expected to lose in the future, non-economic damages (commonly referred to as “pain and suffering”), permanent physical impairment and permanent disfigurement. This list is not exhaustive and there are other damages potentially available depending upon the particular circumstances of your case.
Who can be held liable for a truck accident?
Generally, the driver of the truck and the employer for whom he is driving are the parties to be held responsible when a truck accident occurs.
What does “contributory negligence” mean when determining who is liable for a traffic accident?
Contributory negligence means that if you are found to be partially at fault for your accident, even if minimally so, you will be barred from recovering monies from other at fault parties. This is a legal doctrine that is exceedingly harsh to claimants and serves as another reason why you should never speak with an insurance company prior to speaking with an attorney.