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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I really need a lawyer for my car accident case?
    It depends. If you have an injury, you should certainly retain an attorney. Insurance companies regularly take advantage of unrepresented people and make incredibly low offers to people who are injured in car accidents. They will regularly either deny coverage or decline to inform you of coverage that you may not know that you have. We can help get you the maximum amount that you deserve when you get injured. If your case only involves damage to your vehicle, you probably do not need to hire a lawyer. However, even a case with just property damage can get complicated and you should at least consult an attorney. We practice in DC and Maryland, especially in Montgomery County, Prince George’s county, Howard county and Anne Arundel county. Call or text us at (301)234-HELP.
  • Do I have to pay for a lawyer for my car accident?
    No. Most attorneys that take car accident cases will take them on a contingency basis. That means that the will take a percentage of any money recovered. Call or text us today at (301)234-HELP to get a car accident attorney to review your case. If we accept your case there is no charge unless money is recovered for you.
  • What can I recover money for after a car crash?
    After an automobile accident, there are many types of damages that you can recover for. To name a few: 1) costs of medical care including procedures, surgeries, medicine, and doctor visits; 2) lost wages or money lost due to missing work; 3) pain and suffering; and 4) vehicle repair or replacement costs. What is the statute of limitations for a car accident case? In most cases in Maryland, the statute of limitations for an auto accident case is three years. That means you have three years to file a lawsuit in court against the person at fault or the insurance company.
  • What should I do at the scene of an accident?
    Call 911. If you or any other person needs an ambulance, let them know. Even if there are no injuries and all cars are driveable, it’s best to call 911 so that there’s a record of the accident. Sometimes, they won’t send police officers to scene of your car accident. Sometimes they will. Be sure to exchange insurance information and drivers license information with the other driver get a license plate number. It is also very important to take pictures of the cars and their positions and the damages to the vehicles. You won't be able to get all of this information after every car accident but get as much information as possible. Call a lawyer as soon as you’re able to do so. This firm is here to help in those moments. Call or text us at (301)234-HELP.
  • Will Medicare/Medicaid place a lien on my auto accident settlement?
    Yes. Most likely Medicare or Medicaid will seek to be paid for any money that it paid for your medical care. You and your attorney are obligated to pay the government if it requests you to do so. If you don't, then there is a chance that Medicare or Medicaid could sue you for the money it spent on your medical care.
  • Whose insurance company will pay for my accident?
    It depends on who’s at fault for the accident. If the other person is determined to be at fault, their insurance company will pay for your car repairs and medical expenses. If you are determined to be at fault, your insurance company will pay for the other person's medical expenses and repairs.
  • What is PIP insurance in Maryland?
    PIP insurance, or Personal Injury Protection coverage, is an optional insurance coverage in Maryland that provides medical benefits, lost wages, and related expenses if you are injured in a car accident. It is designed to cover you, your family, and your passengers regardless of who is at fault in the accident.
  • What is insurance subrogation in a Maryland car accident case?
    Insurance subrogation in a Maryland car accident case is a process where one insurance company stands in the shoes of another insurance company and seeks reimbursement for money it has paid out due to an accident. If a policyholder’s insurance company pays out a claim, they may be entitled to seek reimbursement from the at-fault party’s insurance company. This process is known as subrogation. In Maryland, subrogation is governed by statute, which sets limits on the amount of reimbursement that an insurance company can seek from another.
  • I was a passenger in an auto accident and the other drivers insurance has accepted full responsibility. Do i need a lawyer?
    If you have any physical injuries as a result of the accident, it would be in your best interest to seek the advice of a lawyer. A lawyer may be able to help you receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
  • What happens in Maryland if I get in a car accident with a government vehicle?
    In this circumstance, obtain as much information on the driver and vehicle as possible. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may need to contact your insurance company to report the accident. Depending on who is found to be at fault, either you or the government may need to pay for the damages. If the government is at fault, you will need to file your claim with the State or municipality that owns the vehicle. There are certain deadlines that can apply in these situations so it is best to contact an experienced car accident attorney. Please do not hesitate to call us at (301)234-HELP, as we are eager to assist you in your car accident case.
  • What information should I obtain from the other driver at the scene of an accident?
    At the scene of an accident, you should obtain as much information about the other driver as possible, including name, contact information, insurance information, driver's license number, license plate number, make and model of the vehicle, and any other details that could be helpful in filing a claim or determining fault. If you are able, take pictures of the cars and any damage to them. However, if you are unable to safely obtain all of this information, do not worry because our Maryland car accident attorneys can still help you obtain the person's information with as little as a license plate number. If you have questions, feel free to call (301)234-HELP.
  • How long will it take my car accident to settle in Maryland?
    It depends on several factors. The most important factors are your lawyer, the insurance company and any medical treatment sought. A general rule of thumb is that cases will settle in an average of six months to one year. Some will take longer. Some will also take less time. If a case is filed in court, your case will almost certainly take more time.
  • How long do you have to report a car accident to your insurance?
    Some insurance companies require you to report a car accident to them within 24 hours. Check with your specific insurance provider to make sure you are aware of their specific requirements.
  • Do you have to call the police after a minor car accident in Maryland?
    It is not required that you call police after a minor car accident in Maryland, but it is HIGHLY recommended that you call the police after a minor car accident in Maryland.
  • Is the rear driver always liable for a rear-end collision?
    A rear end collision is almost always the fault of the person in the rear car. While it cannot be said that a rear end collision is never the fault of the front car, those instances are exceedingly rare. If you have questions about whether you are at fault, give me a call or text me at (301)234-HELP.
  • If I was in a car accident in my friends car can I make an insurance claim with my car insurance company?
    Yes, you can make an insurance claim with your car insurance company if you were in a car accident in your friend's car. However, the coverage and benefits you receive may be different than if you were in your own car. The definitive answer will be very specific to your auto insurance policy. Of course if you have any questions about the specifics of your policy, call or text us at (301)234-HELP.
  • What should I do if I get in a car accident in Maryland and the other driver leaves the scene?
    If you get in a car accident in Maryland and the other driver leaves the scene, you should call the police immediately. Make sure to provide as much information as possible, such as the make and model of the other vehicle, the license plate number, and a description of the driver. You should also take pictures of the scene and any damage to your vehicle. If you have the proper uninsured motorist insurance coverage, you will likely still be able to recover money for your injuries. The Law Office of Randy Evan McDonald, LLC, is willing to assist you in filing an uninsured motorist claim. Call or text us at (301)234-HELP.
  • What does uninsured motorist insurance cover in Maryland?
    Uninsured motorist insurance in Maryland covers bodily injury and property damage caused by an uninsured driver. It can also cover hit-and-run accidents, as well as medical expenses and lost wages for the insured driver and passengers.
  • Will uninsured motorist insurance cover my car accident when the other driver leaves the scene of the accident in Maryland?
    Yes, in the majority of circumstances, uninsured motorists insurance will cover hit and run accidents.
  • Do the police determine who was at fault in a Maryland car accident?
    Not necessarily. The police can investigate and issue citations. Those citations can determine if a rule of the road was violated which can often times weigh heavily in determining who is at fault. However, if the police officer was not present when the accident occurred, his or her testimony about what happened in the accident is most likely inadmissible in court. If you have questions about whether a car accident is your fault, feel free to call us at (301)234-HELP.
  • Why is it taking so long to receive my medical bills after my car accident?
    The sometimes lengthy process of receiving medical bills and records is as frustrating for your attorney and his or her staff as it is for you. Most of the time when the process is prolonged, it is because of an unresponsive medical provider. Also, the complexity of your case may necessitate that a doctor or hospital will take longer to process the request for your bills and records. The vast majority of times, the request for bills and records is a smooth process. However, in the event that it is not, we advise patience because your lawyer and staff are doing all that they can to procure these items on your behalf.
  • Whose insurance company will be responsible if I get in a car accident in Maryland in a company car?
    The insurance company of the owner of the car will be responsible. Therefore your employer’s insurance company will be responsible for the car accident if you are driving the company car.
  • Am I and/or my insurance responsible to move my car out of the tow yard after a not at fault accident in Maryland?
    Yes, you and/or your insurance are responsible for moving your car out of the tow yard after a not at fault accident. While some storage and towing fees are allowable and understandable, you do have mitigate your damages. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to get reimbursement from your insurance company for the cost of the tow.
  • How do I find out the insurance company of the car that hit me in an accident in Maryland?
    That information should be on the police report. However, the police don’t come to every accident scene and many times they don't take a report when they do come to the scene. So be sure to get pictures of the other car and the license plate. Because if the insurance information is not in the police report or there is no police report, you’ll need some information about the vehicle - either a license plate or VIN number or drivers license number - in order to do a tag trace. You'll almost certainly need a lawyer at that point. If you find yourself in this predicament, do not hesitate to call us at (301)234-HELP.
  • What is a tag trace on a Maryland vehicle?
    A tag trace on a Maryland vehicle is a search of the vehicle's registration information. It can be used to determine the vehicle's owner, registration status, and other information.
  • What information do I need to do a tag trace?
    To do a tag trace, you need some identifying information from the car. Either the license plate number or the VIN number is best. You may also be able to use the owner’s name, address or driver’s license number.
  • If I already had an injury and it gets worse after a car accident can I recover damages in Maryland?
    Yes, you may be able to recover damages in Maryland if your existing injury was made worse by a car accident. You should speak to a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. Call or text us at (301)234-HELP.
  • What can I do if a car insurance claim is denied after a car accident in Maryland?
    If your car insurance claim is denied after a car accident in Maryland, it’s most likely because the insurance company is contesting whether their insured is liable or at fault. If that is the case, you’ll need a lawyer to help you challenge their decision in court. Once your case is in court, you'll be able to present your claim to a judge or jury and a decision will be made as to who is liable.
  • If I miss work and don’t get paid after a car accident in Maryland, can I recover damages for the money that I lost while out of work?
    Yes, you may be able to recover damages for the money that you lost while out of work due to a car accident in Maryland. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney to discuss your legal options. Feel free to call us or text us at (301)234-HELP if you have questions for our attorney about wages lost due to a car accident.
  • What happens after a car accident with multiple people injured and there is not enough insurance coverage to pay all the injured parties?
    Oftentimes, the insurance company will attempt to prorate the amount of money it gives to each person. That means that they will try to compensate each injured person in accordance with the amount of damages incurred. The injured parties, however, may need to pursue legal action against the at-fault driver in order to receive full compensation for their injuries because the prorated amount usually will not cover the damages of any one injured person.
  • Should I admit fault at the scene of a car accident in Maryland?
    It is generally not recommended to admit fault at the scene of a car accident in Maryland. It is best to remain calm and contact the police to investigate the accident. If you believe you are at fault, it is best to wait until you have spoken to an attorney before admitting fault. If you have questions about whether you are liable, call or text our attorney at (301)234-HELP.
  • Should I take pictures of the damage to my car and the other car(s) after a car accident in Maryland?
    Yes, it is a good idea to take pictures of the damage to your car and the other car(s) after a car accident in Maryland. This will help you to document the damage and provide evidence in case you need to make an insurance claim. Many times, police will not come to the scene of an accident. Therefore, you will need proof of the accident and damages to the vehicles.
  • What steps should I take after getting into a car accident in Maryland?
    Here's what you should do after a car accident in Maryland: 1. Call the police: If anyone is injured or if there is significant damage to property, call the police right away. 2. Exchange information: After the accident, exchange your name, address, phone number, and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved. 3. Take photos: Take photos of the accident scene, including the damage to the vehicles and any injuries sustained. 4. Contact a lawyer in order to insure that you will receive maximum compensation. The lawyer will most likely contact your insurance company on your behalf 5. If a lawyer does not take your case, notify your insurance company. Call your insurance company as soon as possible to report the accident and provide them with the information you collected from the other driver(s). By following these steps, you can help ensure that the process of filing an insurance claim and getting compensation for any damages or injuries is as smooth as possible.
  • Do I have to exchange insurance information with the other driver(s) after a car accident in Maryland?
    Yes, it is required by law in Maryland to exchange insurance information with the other driver(s) after a car accident. You should also exchange contact information and take pictures of the scene of the accident.
  • How long will it take to get my car repaired after a car accident in Maryland?
    The amount of time it takes to repair your car after a car accident in Maryland can vary depending on several factors, such as the extent of the damage, the availability of parts, and the workload of the repair shop. If your car has minor damage, it may only take a few days to repair. However, if the damage is more extensive, it could take several weeks or longer to complete the repairs. Additionally, if there is a dispute with the insurance company or other parties involved in the accident, this could further delay the repair process. It's best to consult with the repair shop that will be performing the repairs to get a better estimate of how long it will take to repair your car. They will be able to provide you with a more accurate timeframe based on the specific details of your situation. Also, it is advisable for you to carry rental car insurance because you may be without your primary vehicle for an unknown amount of time.
  • What does it mean to have the "right of way"?
    Right-of-way” means the right of one vehicle or pedestrian to proceed in a lawful manner on a highway in preference to another vehicle or pedestrian. Md. Code, Transportation, § 22-101(t).
  • What factors do insurance companies consider in making an offer to settle a car accident claim in Maryland?
    Insurance companies consider several factors when making an offer to settle a car accident case. Here are some of the most important factors: Liability: Insurance companies will consider who was at fault for the accident. If their insured driver was fully or partially responsible for the accident, they may offer a settlement to the other driver or drivers involved. Severity of injuries: Insurance companies will consider the extent of injuries sustained by the parties involved. They will take into account the type of injury, the duration of the injury, and the impact of the injury on the claimant's quality of life. Medical expenses: Insurance companies will review the medical bills and expenses related to the treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. This will help them determine the amount of compensation that should be offered. Property damage: Insurance companies will also review the extent of property damage caused by the accident. This may include damage to the vehicles involved, as well as any other property that was damaged. Insurance policy limits: Insurance companies will consider their policy limits when determining a settlement offer. If the policy limit is not sufficient to cover the full amount of damages sustained by the claimant, the insurance company may offer a settlement for the policy limit amount. Prior claims: Insurance companies may consider the claimant's prior history of making insurance claims. If the claimant has a history of making frequent claims, this may impact the settlement offer. Insurance Coverage: The amount of insurance coverage available to the defendant will also be considered. If there is a high policy limit, the insurance company may be more willing to settle for a higher amount. Settlement History: The insurance company may also consider their own settlement history and the likelihood of a favorable outcome if the case goes to trial. Negotiation Skills: The insurance company will consider the negotiation skills of the plaintiff's attorney and their willingness to negotiate a fair settlement. Strength of Evidence: The strength of the evidence, including witness statements, police reports, and medical records, will also be considered. State Laws: The insurance company will consider the laws of the state of Maryland, including statutes of limitations, contributory negligence, and other factors that may impact the case. It's important to note that each case is unique, and the factors considered by insurance companies may vary depending on the specific circumstances of the accident and the parties involved. Overall, insurance companies will consider a variety of factors when making an offer to settle a car accident case. You must understand these factors and to seek the advice of a qualified attorney before accepting any settlement offer. If you have questions about your settlement, feel free to send us a text at (301)234-HELP.
  • If I get in a car accident in Maryland and my child is in the car, will insurance cover my child’s injuries?
    Yes, insurance will cover your child's injuries if you get in a car accident in Maryland. However, the amount of coverage and the type of coverage will depend on the type of insurance policy you have. It is important to check your insurance policy to make sure that you have the right coverage to cover your child's injuries.
  • Can I recover damages for emotional distress caused by a car accident in Maryland?
    Yes, you can recover damages for emotional distress caused by a car accident in Maryland. However, you must be able to prove that the emotional distress was a direct result of the accident and that it was severe enough to cause significant disruption to your life. You will most likely need to see a psychiatrist or therapist in order to recover for emotional or mental damages.
  • I was hit in a car accident in Maryland while the other car was making a U-turn. Am I at fault?
    In general, making a U-turn can be a risky maneuver and the driver making the U-turn will likely be considered at fault in an accident, especially if you had the right of way. However, fault in a car accident is determined on a case-by-case basis and depends on a variety of factors such as traffic laws, road conditions, speed, and other contributing factors. In Maryland, there is a law that requires drivers to make a U-turn only when it can be done safely and without interfering with other traffic. If the other driver was making a U-turn when it was not safe to do so or did not yield to your right of way, then they will likely be found at fault for the accident.
  • I was making a left turn when the light was yellow light. An oncoming car sped through the intersection to make it before the light turned red. His car collided with mine. Who is at fault in this accident in Maryland?
    In Maryland, the law requires drivers to stop at a yellow light, unless it is not safe to do so. If the oncoming car had a yellow light as you did, you both may be considered to be contributorily negligent and then neither of you would be able to recover from the other. It is important to note that fault can be a complicated issue in car accidents and can depend on various factors such as the speed of both vehicles, the road conditions, and whether any other traffic laws were violated. It is always a good idea to seek the advice of an experienced attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and options. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or text our office at (301)234-HELP.
  • I was hit by a car that was involved in a high speed chase with police. Are the police at fault in my accident in Maryland?
    In Maryland, the police may be held liable if they were negligent in their pursuit of the fleeing vehicle, and if that negligence was a proximate cause of your injuries. Maryland courts use a balancing test to determine if the police were negligent in their pursuit. The test considers factors such as the seriousness of the crime, the danger posed by the fleeing vehicle, the speed and duration of the pursuit, and the level of traffic and pedestrian activity in the area. It is also important to remember that you must send notice to the municipality or state before suing them for negligence. If the court finds that the police were negligent, they may be held responsible for any damages that resulted from the accident. However, it is important to note that proving police negligence in a high-speed chase case can be difficult, and it may require the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney. It's important to consult with an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases, as they will be able to review the specifics of your case and advise you on the best course of action. They can also help you gather evidence and navigate the legal process to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
  • I was in a car accident in Maryland. Can I recover damages for the diminished value that my car now has?
    In Maryland, you may be able to recover damages for the diminished value of your car after a car accident. Diminished value refers to the difference between the value of your car before the accident and its value after it has been repaired. To recover damages for diminished value, you will need to prove that your car has lost value as a result of the accident. This may require a professional appraisal of your vehicle both before and after the accident. You will also need to prove that the other driver was at fault for the accident. It is important to note that the amount of damages you can recover for diminished value will depend on the specific circumstances of your case, including the age and condition of your car, the severity of the damage, and the cost of repairs. You may want to consult with a personal injury attorney in Maryland to determine the best course of action for your case.
  • I was in a car accident and I have finished treatment with the physical therapist. What should I expect next from my lawyer and the insurance claims process?
    The next step in the insurance claims process is for your lawyer to review the medical bills and other evidence related to the accident to determine the amount of your claim. Your lawyer will also negotiate with the insurance company to reach a settlement. If no agreement can be reached, a lawsuit may then be filed in court.
  • What should I do after a car accident in Maryland if the police don’t come to the scene?
    If the police do not come to the scene of a car accident, it is important to make sure everyone involved is safe and has received medical attention if needed. Additionally, it is important to exchange information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident, including names, contact numbers, insurance information, license plate numbers, and make and model of the vehicles involved in the accident. Additionally, if possible, it is important to take photographs of the accident scene and any damage done to the vehicles. Finally, if any witnesses of the accident are at the scene, it is important to get their contact information.
  • Can I open a car accident insurance claim in Maryland that settled four years ago if I have started to feel pain again?
    Generally speaking the answer is no. It’s highly unlikely that you could pursue any legal remedies four years after your accident. One, the statute of limitations has most likely passed and you’ll be unable to file any kind of claim if the time has passed. Two, most likely when you settled, the insurance company made you sign a release that prevents you from suing the other party.
  • What happens if I'm in a car accident in Maryland and the other driver has no insurance or not enough insurance to cover my injuries?
    If you are involved in a car accident in Maryland and the other driver does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance to cover your injuries, you may be able to pursue compensation through your own insurance policy. In Maryland, most drivers have uninsured motorist (UM) coverage as part of their auto insurance policy, which can provide compensation if you are injured in an accident caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver. You may also have underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, which can provide additional compensation if the other driver's insurance policy does not fully cover your damages. If you have UM or UIM coverage, you can file a claim with your own insurance company to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages. Your insurance company can then pursue the other driver or their insurance company to recover the amount they paid out to you. It is important to note that the process of seeking compensation through your own insurance policy can be complex, and the amount of compensation you may receive will depend on the specific terms of your policy. It may be helpful to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to understand your rights and options for pursuing compensation after a car accident in Maryland. If you have any questions at all, feel free to call or text us at (301)234-HELP.
  • I was hit by a car as a pedestrian in Maryland. Can I be found to be contributorily negligent?
    In Maryland, contributory negligence is a legal defense that can be used by the defendant in a personal injury case. Under the contributory negligence doctrine, if a plaintiff is found to have contributed in any way to the accident that caused their injuries, they may be barred from recovering any compensation. Maryland is one of only a few states that still follow the pure contributory negligence rule, which means that if the plaintiff is found to have contributed even 1% to the accident, they may be barred from recovering damages. However, Maryland law also recognizes the "last clear chance" doctrine, which can allow a plaintiff who was partially at fault to still recover damages. Under this doctrine, if the defendant had the last clear chance to avoid the accident but failed to do so, they may be found to be solely responsible for the plaintiff's injuries, even if the plaintiff was partially at fault. Ultimately, the question of whether you can be found to be contributorily negligent will depend on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. It is recommended that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney in Maryland to discuss your case and your legal options.
  • Is there anything I should avoid after a car accident in Maryland?
    Do not leave the scene of the accident. Maryland law requires drivers involved in a crash to remain at the scene until they have fulfilled certain legal obligations. Do not admit fault or make any statements that could be construed as admitting fault. Anything you say at the scene of the accident could be used against you later. Do not refuse medical attention if you need it. Even if you feel okay at the time, some injuries may not show up until later. Do not forget to exchange information with the other driver(s) involved, including name, address, phone number, insurance information, and license plate number. Do not delay in reporting the accident to your insurance company. Many policies require prompt reporting of accidents. Do not speak with the other driver's insurance company without first consulting with your own attorney. Do not sign any documents or agreements without first consulting with an attorney.
  • What's the difference between MedPay and PIP after an car accident in Maryland?
    MedPay will cover medical expenses such as hospital and doctors visits after a car accident. PIP (or personal injury protection) insurance covers medical expenses but also covers lost wages due to your inability to work after a car accident. Insurance companies must offer PIP coverage to drivers but a driver can decline to carry this coverage. Be sure to check your policy to understand the maximum coverage amounts for both MedPay and PIP.
  • If I'm in a car accident in Maryland while using a ride sharing service such as Uber or Lyft, can I recover money for my injuries?
    Yes, if you're involved in a car accident while riding in an Uber in Maryland and sustain injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. However, the specific circumstances of the accident, the extent of your injuries, and other factors can impact the outcome. For example, if the accident is caused by a third party who is not insured, or if the ride sharing driver is not logged into the app at the time of the accident, you may not be able to recover any money from ride sharing service. If you have been injured in an accident involving a ride sharing service, it is important to speak with an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options, and can represent you in a claim against the ride sharing service or any other responsible parties.
  • How do you prove which driver was at fault in a Maryland car accident?
    Sometimes liability is obvious and everyone knows who is at fault. Many times, fault is less obvious and the at fault person will not admit his fault. On those occasions we as the firm representing you will use a variety of tools to advocate for your position. Those tools include police reports, injuries, damage to the vehicles, statements made, witnesses, police officer body worn video, surveillance footage, experts and more. If you were injured in an accident and believe that you were not at fault, call or text us at (301)234-HELP.
  • Is Maryland a no fault state for car accidents?
    Maryland is considered an at-fault state for auto accidents. Therefore, drivers can sue for damages caused by another driver who is at fault.
  • Can You Sue for a Car Accident in Maryland?
    If you have been injured in a car accident in Maryland, you may be wondering if you can sue for compensation. The answer is yes, you can sue for a car accident in Maryland if the other driver was negligent. Maryland is an at-fault state, which means that the driver who is found to be at fault for the accident is responsible for paying for the damages caused to the other driver. This includes both economic damages, such as medical bills and lost wages, and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. In order to win a car accident lawsuit in Maryland, you must prove that the other driver was negligent. Negligence is defined as the failure to use reasonable care under the circumstances. This means that the other driver must have been aware of the risk of causing an accident and failed to take steps to avoid it. There are many different factors that can be used to prove negligence, such as speeding, driving under the influence, distracted driving, and failing to yield the right of way. If you can prove that the other driver was negligent, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. It is important to note that there is a statute of limitations for car accident lawsuits in Maryland. This means that you must file your lawsuit within three years of the date of the accident. If you fail to file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations, you may be barred from recovering any compensation. If you have been injured in a car accident in Maryland, it is important to speak with an experienced Maryland car accident lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and can represent you in a lawsuit if necessary. Contact a Maryland Car Accident Lawyer Today at (301)234-HELP If you have been injured in a car accident in Maryland, you should contact a Maryland car accident lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and can represent you in a lawsuit if necessary. At the Law Office of Randy Evan McDonald, LLC, we have the experience and knowledge to help you get the compensation you deserve. We will fight for your rights and make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you understand your legal options. Keywords: Maryland car accident lawyer, car accident lawsuit, car accident compensation, car accident statute of limitations
  • How soon should I file a lawsuit in a car accident case in Maryland?
    If you've been involved in a car accident in Maryland, it's crucial to consider the timing for filing a lawsuit. Consulting a skilled Maryland car accident lawyer can provide you with personalized advice based on the specifics of your case. Generally, it's recommended to take action as soon as possible after the accident to ensure all necessary evidence is preserved and witnesses' memories are fresh. Maryland's statute of limitations typically allows you three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, it's wise not to delay, as gathering evidence, assessing damages, and negotiating with insurance companies can be time-consuming. A qualified car accident lawyer experienced in Maryland law can guide you through the legal process, ensuring your rights are protected and helping you achieve the best possible outcome. For expert assistance with your Maryland car accident case, reach out to a our reputable Maryland car accident lawyer who can provide you with the guidance and support you need during this challenging time. Call or text our attorney Randy Evan McDonald at (301)234-HELP.
  • Should I hire a big firm to represent me in my car accident case?
    Of course the decision is entirely up to you. However, here are a few factors you should weigh in your decision on what size firm to hire to represent you in your car accident case 1) the type of accident you were involved in, 2) your injuries, 3) how much patience you have, and 4) whether you will get to work closely with your attorney on the case. As such, there are a number of advantages to hiring a smaller law firm. First, small law firms tend to be more personal and responsive to their clients. They have fewer clients, so they have more time to focus on each individual case. This can be especially important if you have been injured in a car accident and are dealing with the physical and emotional trauma of the event. Second, small law firms often have more experience handling car accident cases. They have seen it all, and they know how to navigate the legal system and get results for their clients. This is important because insurance companies will often try to take advantage of people who are unfamiliar with the law. If you are considering hiring a lawyer to represent you in your car accident case, we recommend that you do your research and compare a number of different firms. Consider the factors listed above, and make sure to choose a firm that you feel comfortable with and that you believe will give you the best possible representation. Here are some additional tips for choosing a car accident lawyer in Maryland: Ask for referrals from friends, family, or colleagues. Interview several lawyers before making a decision. Make sure the lawyer you choose is licensed to practice law in Maryland. Ask about the lawyer's experience handling car accident cases. Get a written fee agreement before you hire the lawyer. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or text our Maryland car accident lawyer at (301)234-HELP.
  • What percentage of the settlement does a Maryland lawyer get from a car accident case?
    In Maryland, the average attorney contingency fee percentage in a personal injury case is 33% or 1/3 when the case settles before a case is filed in court and 40% after a case is filed in court. This means that if you are awarded a $100,000 settlement in your car accident case, your lawyer would be entitled to a fee of $33,000 if the case settled before a case is filed in court and $40,000 after a case is filed in court. It is important to note that these are just average percentages. The actual percentage of the settlement that your lawyer will get may vary depending on the specific circumstances of your case and your agreement with the lawyer. It is also important to note that you will not have to pay your lawyer anything upfront in a contingency fee case. Your lawyer will only get paid if you win your case or if the case settles. This is why contingency fees are often a good option for people who have been injured in a car accident and do not have a lot of money to hire a lawyer. If you have been injured in a car accident in Maryland, you should contact a qualified Maryland car accident attorney to discuss your legal options. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and can fight for the compensation that you deserve. We are ready to assist you. Call or text us at (301)234-HELP.
  • What is 1% law in Maryland?
    The 1% law in Maryland is a legal principle pertaining to negligence in car accidents. In this context, it refers to the state's contributory negligence rule, which is considered one of the strictest in the United States. According to the 1% law, if a person involved in a car accident is found even 1% at fault for the accident, they may be barred from recovering any compensation for their injuries or damages. This law can have significant implications for individuals seeking compensation after a car accident in Maryland. If you've been involved in a car accident in Maryland and are considering legal action, it's crucial to consult with an experienced Maryland car accident attorney. A skilled attorney can help you navigate the complexities of the state's 1% law and other legal aspects, ensuring you receive the best possible outcome for your case. If you're in need of a Maryland car accident attorney to guide you through the legal process and protect your rights, call or text the Law Office of Randy Evan McDonald, LLC, at (301)234-HELP. Our team of dedicated professionals has a proven track record of assisting clients in obtaining fair compensation despite the challenges posed by the 1% law. We understand the intricacies of Maryland's legal system and are here to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a consultation and let us advocate for your rights.
  • What is the statute of limitations on a personal injury claim in Maryland?
    The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in Maryland in most instances is three (3) years. To ensure the best outcome, it's crucial to consult the best personal injury attorney in Maryland that you can find. This attorney can provide accurate guidance tailored to your case's details.
  • How long does an auto accident case take?
    The duration of an auto accident case can vary widely depending on several factors. Here are some of the key factors that can influence how long it takes to resolve an auto accident case: Complexity of the Case: Simple cases where liability is clear and injuries are minor may be resolved relatively quickly, often within a few months. However, more complex cases involving severe injuries, disputed liability, or multiple parties can take much longer. Injuries and Medical Treatment: The extent of injuries and required medical treatment can significantly impact the timeline. Cases may be delayed while plaintiffs receive necessary medical care or reach maximum medical improvement (MMI). Insurance Company Cooperation: The willingness of the insurance companies involved to negotiate and settle the claim can affect the timeline. If the insurance company is uncooperative, it can lead to delays. Legal Process: If the case goes to court, it will generally take longer to resolve than cases settled out of court. The court system's caseload and scheduling also play a role in how quickly a case proceeds. Negotiation and Settlement: The negotiation process between the parties involved can be time-consuming. It may involve multiple rounds of offers and counteroffers. State Laws and Regulations: The laws and regulations governing auto accident cases vary by state, which can impact the timeline. Some states have specific time limits (statutes of limitations) for filing a lawsuit after an accident. Disputes and Appeals: If there are disputes over liability or settlement amounts, the case may take longer to resolve. Appeals can further extend the timeline. Preparation and Investigation: Adequate time is required for both sides to investigate the accident, gather evidence, and build their case. This can add to the duration. Mediation or Arbitration: Some cases may go through alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation or arbitration, which can be quicker than a full trial but still take some time. Settlement Offers: The timing and acceptance of settlement offers can significantly impact the duration. If a fair settlement is reached early, the case may be resolved relatively quickly. In summary, the duration of an auto accident case can range from a few months to several years, depending on the unique circumstances of the case. It's essential to consult with an experienced attorney who can provide guidance and help manage expectations regarding the timeline for your specific case. If our Maryland car accident attorney can be of assistance to you in anyway, please do not hesitate to call or text us at (301)234-HELP.
  • How long does an accident stay on your insurance in Maryland?
    Generally, accidents affect your insurance rates for three years. In Maryland, car accidents can affect your insurance record for a period of three years. Insurance companies often take into account your driving history, including accidents, when calculating your insurance premiums. After this three-year period, the impact of the accident on your insurance rates tends to diminish. However, it's crucial to consult your specific insurance provider for their policies, as some companies may have slightly different guidelines or offer accident forgiveness programs that can influence how long an accident affects your rates. If you're dealing with the aftermath of a car accident in Maryland and need legal assistance, consider contacting a Maryland car accident attorney. They can provide you with guidance and legal support tailored to your situation.
  • Can You Sue After Insurance Settlement in Maryland?
    Generally speaking, you cannot sue after accepting an insurance settlement in Maryland. Once you sign a release of liability form, you are giving up your right to pursue any further legal action against the insurance company or the at-fault driver. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, you may be able to sue if: You were unaware of the full extent of your injuries at the time you settled your claim. The insurance company misrepresented or withheld important information from you during the settlement process. The insurance company acted in bad faith by refusing to pay a fair settlement offer. If you are thinking about suing after accepting an insurance settlement, you should consult with an experienced Maryland car accident attorney to discuss your legal options. An attorney can help you determine whether you have a valid case and can advise you on the best course of action. If you have any questions, feel free to call or text our experienced Maryland car accident attorney at (301)234-HELP. You may also be able to find additional information or file a complaint at the Maryland Insurance Administation by clicking on this link.
  • How much damage does it take to total a car in Maryland?
    If you've been involved in a car accident in Maryland and are wondering how much damage it takes to total a car, it's important to remember that the specific criteria for declaring a car as "totaled" can vary from one insurance company to another. However, in Maryland, a common threshold for declaring a car as totaled is when the cost of repairs exceeds 75% of the car's actual cash value (ACV). In such cases, it's crucial to seek the guidance of a Maryland car accident attorney who specializes in personal injury and car accident cases. An experienced Maryland car accident attorney can help you navigate the complexities of insurance claims, negotiations, and legal processes to ensure you receive fair compensation for your losses. If you've been involved in a car accident and need legal assistance in Maryland, don't hesitate to contact a qualified Maryland car accident attorney. They can provide you with the legal expertise and support you need to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve.
  • Why do I need to file a police report after a car accident?
    While it might seem like a hassle, filing a police report after an accident is crucial for several reasons. Here are some of the top benefits: Protect Yourself Legally: Official Documentation: A police report serves as an impartial third-party record of the accident, including the time, location, parties involved, and potential witnesses. This documentation can be vital evidence if you need to file an insurance claim or pursue legal action. Deter False Claims: Having a police report can discourage the other party from making false claims about the accident, protecting you from potential liability. Investigate the Accident: Police officers are trained to investigate accidents and gather evidence. Their findings can be crucial in determining fault and assigning blame. Ensure a Fair Insurance Claim: Essential for Insurance: Many insurance companies require a police report to process your claim. Without one, your claim might be delayed or even denied. Bolster Your Case: A police report strengthens your claim by providing an objective account of the accident. This can help you negotiate a fair settlement with your insurance company. Evidence of Fault: If the officer determines fault in their report, it can significantly improve your chances of receiving the full compensation you deserve. Other Important Reasons: Peace of Mind: Filing a report can provide peace of mind knowing you've taken the necessary steps to protect your rights. Public Safety: Reporting the accident helps authorities identify and address any potential hazards at the scene, preventing future accidents. Legal Requirements: In some states, including Maryland, the law requires filing a police report after an accident if certain conditions are met, such as injuries, fatalities, or significant property damage. Even in Minor Accidents: Even if the accident seems minor and there are no apparent injuries, filing a police report is still beneficial. Injuries can manifest later, and having an official record of the accident can be invaluable if you need to seek medical attention or file a claim later. Remember: Safety First: Always ensure everyone's safety at the scene before taking any further actions. Gather Information: Exchange information with the other parties involved, including names, contact details, and insurance information. Cooperate with Police: Provide the officer with accurate and detailed information about the accident. Contact Your Insurance Company: Inform your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible. Seek Legal Advice: If you have sustained injuries or significant property damage, consider consulting with a lawyer to understand your legal options and protect your rights. By filing a police report after an accident, you take a crucial step towards protecting yourself legally, ensuring a fair insurance claim, and securing the compensation you deserve.
  • What should I do after a minor car accident in Maryland?
    After a Maryland Car Accident (Even Minor): Protect Yourself, Seek Counsel A minor fender bender can quickly turn into a major headache if you're not prepared. While the damage might seem minimal, Maryland car accident laws and insurance claims can be complex. Here's what you should do immediately after a minor car accident in Maryland: 1. Safety First: Check for injuries: Even if you feel fine, adrenaline can mask pain. Get yourself and anyone else involved checked out by medical professionals. Move vehicles if safe: If blocking traffic, carefully move vehicles to the side of the road, but don't leave the scene! 2. Secure the Scene: Call 911: Report the accident, even for minor crashes, especially if there are injuries or property damage beyond your vehicles. Exchange information: Get the other driver's name, address, phone number, insurance company, and policy number. Gather evidence: Take photos of the damage to all vehicles involved, the surrounding area, and any visible injuries. Note weather conditions and any witnesses. 3. Protect Your Legal Rights: Contact a Maryland car accident attorney: A lawyer experienced in Maryland car accident laws can guide you through the claims process, ensure you receive fair compensation, and protect you from potential legal issues. File a police report: This is crucial for documenting the accident and can be helpful in insurance claims. Contact your insurance company: Inform them of the accident as soon as possible, even if you think the other driver is at fault. Seeking legal counsel after a car accident, even a minor one, is crucial to protecting your rights and ensuring you get the compensation you deserve. A Maryland car accident attorney can navigate the complexities of the claims process, fight for your best interests, and provide invaluable support during this stressful time. Don't hesitate to reach out to our qualified Maryland car accident attorney today at (301)234-HELP.
  • What is the law on rear end collisions in Maryland?
    Rear-End Collisions in Maryland: Unraveling Fault and Finding the Right Attorney Rear-ended in Maryland? You're not alone. These common accidents often leave victims confused about fault and struggling to navigate the legal aftermath. But fear not, understanding the "rear-end law" in Maryland can set you on the path to recovery. The Law: Driver's Duty and Presumption of Fault Maryland law (§ 21-310(a)) requires drivers to maintain a "safe and prudent" distance from the vehicle ahead. This means leaving enough space to react unexpectedly, even if the car in front stops suddenly. Tailgating or following too closely is illegal, and the driver behind is presumed at fault for any rear-end collisions. But Hold On, It's Not Always Black and White: While the presumption favors the car in front, exceptions exist. If the leading driver acted negligently, like: Sudden, unsignaled stops Reversing without checking surroundings Reckless or erratic driving Their actions could diminish or even negate their fault. Determining who truly bears responsibility often involves complex investigations and legal assessments. Why You Need a Maryland Car Accident Attorney: Navigating the intricacies of fault, insurance claims, and potential lawsuits can be overwhelming. That's where a skilled Maryland car accident attorney becomes your champion. They can: Investigate the accident and gather evidence to strengthen your case. Negotiate with insurance companies to ensure fair compensation for your injuries and damages. Fight for your rights in court if necessary. Remember, contributory negligence in Maryland means even a slight degree of fault can impact your recovery. An attorney can ensure your case considers all factors and maximizes your chances of success. Finding the Right Legal Partner: Choosing the right attorney is crucial. Look for someone with: Proven experience handling car accident cases in Maryland. A strong understanding of rear-end collision law and precedent. A commitment to advocating for your best interests. Remember, the clock starts ticking after an accident. Seek legal counsel promptly to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve. By understanding the "rear-end law" in Maryland and partnering with a skilled attorney, you can navigate the aftermath of a car accident with confidence and clarity. Don't go it alone, find the right legal champion to fight for your justice.
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