Frederick Car Accident Lawyer
For the better part of a century, our car accident lawyers have been serving Frederick, Maryland. When someone is injured in a car accident in Frederick, we are the go-to law firm. While we have been practicing law in Washington, DC since our founding in 1954, we recently opened a second office in 2020 in Maryland to better serve Frederick and its surrounding cities.
Why Choose Us
Your goal when hiring legal representation should be to find a Frederick car accident lawyer who understands your situation, has experience in dealing with the situation you are in and is skilled in handling the situation, and is willing to take the time to ensure you are comfortable as you proceed through the process.
Our diligent Frederick car accident lawyers and caring staff understand how a car accident can impact every detail of your life. From the top down, excruciating injuries can affect your morning routine, starting with traveling to work. After a Frederick car accident, your car may be incapacitated. This makes traveling to work more difficult. You may be relegated to public transportation or Ubers/Lyfts/rideshare. While still feasible, this is an obvious detriment to your daily life. We understand this. We ensure you get compensated for this additional suffering as well as for the reasonable costs incurred with your Ubers/rideshare. This is because we can causally relate these legal damages to your car accident. In each seemingly minor detail of your daily routine, your car accident may have a detrimental effect. Our Frederick car accident lawyers work to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
With nearly 70 years of experience practicing law in Frederick, Maryland, our car accident lawyers understand exactly how to handle insurance companies as they fight to spend as little money as possible on your car accident. The battle between Frederick car accident lawyers and insurance companies trying to not pay you your just and fair compensation is unending. It is understandable why they would fight tooth and nail in this battle. However, the law is on your side to receive compensation in tort based on a negligent third party. Although, less experienced Frederick car accident lawyers may be unaware of how these insurance companies negotiate, the attorneys working for these insurance companies, and the many other minute intricacies of Maryland tort and insurance law that stand apart from law in most other states.
Your Legal Rights
As a victim of a car accident in Frederick, Maryland, you have legal rights that entitle you to financial compensation. When some third-party acts negligently and causes you harm, you may make a recovery under both his and, in some circumstances, your own insurance policies. However, not only must you prove the third-party was negligent, but you must also have not been contributorily negligent yourself. If you were even 1% negligent, your right to a claim may be barred. If you perform a Google search of the law, this is what it will likely tell you. And it is accurate in Frederick. But fortunately, there are exceptions. This is an example of where experience matters. Our Frederick car accident lawyers know not just the black letter law, but the applicable exceptions based on your unique facts. There is a doctrine in Maryland known as the “last clear chance” doctrine.
While this doctrine may sound intuitive, you need to distinguish between “helpless” versus “inattentive” peril. Helpless peril exists when the plaintiff put himself in a position from which he becomes helpless and unable to protect himself. In such a case, the defendant is liable if he knows or should have known of the plaintiff’s helpless peril. Meanwhile, inattentive peril exists when the plaintiff could have extricated himself from the peril. In other words, he was not helpless. There is plenty more involved in a “last clear chance” argument against a contributory negligence defense made by the defendant. This is a difficult concept. To better understand how it applies to your unique facts, contact a Frederick car accident lawyer for a free consultation.
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– Former Client
Contact a Frederick Car Accident Lawyer
If you have any questions about anything discussed in this article or any more specific details regarding the facts of your case, do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced Frederick car accident lawyer today.