Car Accident – Can You Sue for Negligence in a Car Accident?
Accidents can happen without warning and can cause extensive damage to the vehicles and leave the driver and passengers severely injured. Some cases are unfortunate, as some people are killed in an accident or die due to their injuries.
If you’ve been in a car accident due to the negligence of others, The Law Offices of Kim Parker, P.A. is here to help. Our Baltimore personal injury attorney knows the Maryland car accident laws and can get you compensation for claims made in the case.
Suing for Negligence in a Car Accident
If you’re suing for a car accident, you must first determine whether the accident happened out of one’s negligence. Negligence is when the other driver is the cause of the accident due to distractions, DUI, or careless operation of a vehicle, such as speeding or driving recklessly.
The following are some cases where the victim can file a claim:
- When mechanics fail in the repairs of vehicles
- Trucking companies that fail to train drivers properly or don’t have the credentials required by the DOT laws to operate a vehicle
- The manufacturer of a vehicle that has faulty parts
- Government vehicle involved in the accident and is the negligent party
- Sue a city for unsafe road conditions that caused the accident
Maryland’s laws allow for suing the at-fault party. They can sue the driver, insurance companies, third-party organizations, and government entities.
Compensation Claims in a Negligent Accident Lawsuit
Several factors are considered when suing for a car accident. Each state is different, but in Maryland, the injured can claim the following but not limited to:
- Medical Bills
- Vehicle and Property Damage
- Pain and Suffering (and other non-economic damages)
- Lost Wages
The statute of limitations is three years from the accident date and applies to personal injury claims.
When government employees and their work vehicles are involved, a letter must be submitted to the state with all the accident details. There is a one-year statute of limitations when government vehicles are involved. After that date, no claims are allowed against the government.
Get the Help You Need from a Maryland Car Accident Lawyer
Upon the consultation, the attorney is looking, for one thing, to determine if there’s a case. No claim is a 100% sure win, as many factors need to be considered in every case. But knowing that such negligence is proven, things would most likely favor your claim for damages and injuries.
An experienced Maryland car accident lawyer will use the negligence in their favor and state the case from a legal standpoint that the defendants cannot argue. The car accident attorney can go back and review the police reports, speak to the witnesses, read the medical information, and come up with an investigation when suing an at-fault driver.
In most cases, the attorney can negotiate a settlement outside the courtroom. This is when a settlement amount is offered for the insurance or government to pay, or the case will end up in court. The defendant’s attorney knows they will lose and pay more in such cases.
You have the right to represent yourself in the courtroom, but your chances of getting the compensation you deserve are slim. The attorney knows how to go up against the insurance companies or government officials and knows all their tactics. They’ll do what they can to pay the minimum or not at all.
If you find yourself in a car accident involving negligence, contact The Law Offices of Kim Parker, P.A. We’ll represent you to get the claims and benefits you need to get back to a decent life without worrying about finances. Call us today to set up a consultation and get started.