Maryland Rear-End Accident Lawyer
Rear-end accidents occur in Maryland perhaps more frequently than any other type of collision. In general, rear-end collisions should be straight forward cases. As a result, the defendant’s insurance carrier may be quicker to accept liability on their client’s behalf. However, in certain instances, the liability portion of the claim will be in dispute. Of course, even though it is a rear-end collision, it is possible that the driver rear-ended is at-fault, though it is less common. Whether it is a dispute over liability or proving damages, it is best to consult a Maryland rear-end accident lawyer to discuss your options.
Our Maryland rear-end accident lawyers have been practicing law in D.C. and Maryland for nearly 70 years. Our experience gives us an advantage when we are handling a case for a client. You do not have to go through the legal process alone. Ensure your rights are protected.
Common Causes of Rear-End Accidents in Maryland
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Aggressive driving
- Poor weather conditions
- Failure to yield
- Improper passing
- Driver fatigue
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for a civil action in Maryland is typically three years. However, in limited circumstances, it can be extended. However, it is highly unlikely that those circumstances apply to rear-end accidents as it requires a plaintiff to be unaware of the harm. Of course, in a car accident, you become aware of the accident right away.
Unfortunately, we talk to car accident victims almost daily who have waited too long to pursue their claim. If you are meeting with a Maryland rear-end accident lawyer only a couple of months before the statute of limitations runs on your case, an attorney might be hesitant to take that case. It can take time to obtain your bills and records, as well as your file from another law office if you used a different lawyer before coming to the new one. Accordingly, it is imperative to consult with an injury attorney as soon as possible following an accident.
Proving Liability and Damages
Proving liability in a rear-end collision is simpler than in most truck accident cases. However, a defendant may still try to argue his or her case. The defendant may argue that you made a lane change unexpectedly and unreasonably under the circumstances. Moreover, if you as the plaintiff are even 1% negligent in the accident in Maryland, you are susceptible to a contributory negligence defense. This defense is a total bar against recovery in Maryland. A plaintiff must prove that the defendant owed a duty to a foreseeable plaintiff, that there was a breach of that duty, and the breach caused the harm to the plaintiff. A Maryland rear-end accident lawyer can help you make your case.
You can only get to this point once you prove liability. In a negligence action, you must prove every dollar you want to recover. Merely proving liability is not enough. In general, you should be able to recover for property damage related to the accident, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Thus, even if your case is clear cut in terms of liability, ensure you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
Speak with a Maryland rear-end accident lawyer to determine how much your case is worth. Your case may be worth more than you think. However, if an insurance company sees you are without legal counsel, they may try to take advantage of you. They know that plaintiffs without an attorney representing them are eager to settle a case. So, they often make an offer for settlement, and may even negotiate a bit. But this can be a ploy. They know you are unable to file suit on your claim without an attorney, and they will rarely make an offer for what your case is worth.
Contact a Maryland Rear-End Accident Lawyer
Our Maryland rear-end accident lawyers have been practicing law in Maryland and handling car accident cases since 1954. We fight to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve following a car accident. Our consultations are always free. We look forward to speaking with you soon.