Car accidents are often confusing, upsetting and painful. It can be difficult to know what to do next or where to turn for help. As a leading personal injury firm in Montgomery County, we encourage all of our clients to take the same steps after an accident – seek medical attention, and then contact our office to discuss your legal options.
On your own, especially right after an accident, it can be hard to understand exactly what happened. Talking with an attorney that is familiar with car accidents can help you to make certain that you protect your rights and leave the option open for taking legal action. If the other driver was responsible, there is a strong chance you can pursue a winning car accident case.
Determining the Value of Your Accident Case
A lot of car accident victims are hoping to get an idea of what their case is worth by researching online. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know what a case is worth without speaking directly with an attorney. There are simply too many variables in each case, which is why you will not see general estimates on attorney websites. Only by reviewing the specific details of your case and recent cases tried in Montgomery County courts can we get a clear idea of both the viability of your case and what it may be worth.
How Courts Handle Car Accident Cases in Montgomery County
The process you will go through when pursuing a car accident case in Montgomery County will depend on the damages you seek from the defendant. In the smallest cases, where the amount being sought is below $15,000, it is usually possible to avoid a jury and get a ruling within a few months. Even cases that are somewhat larger, at $30,000 or less, can still be taken care of in a reasonable time frame, although it may be necessary to present the case to a jury.
Larger cases, where the amount being sought is in the hundreds of thousands or millions, can take significantly longer to complete. There have been many successful car accident cases in Montgomery County courts, some of them resulting in significant damages. It is quite possible to win a big case in Montgomery County – however, it does take time, and the assistance of an experienced car accident. attorney.
We Help With All Types of Accidents
Our firm works with all types of car accident cases, including:
Everyday Maryland drivers find themselves involved in car accidents. There are so many potential ways to cause an accident – texting while driving, distracted driving, drunk driving, poor signage, damaged roadways and more. The worst part is that you do not need to be doing anything wrong to get in an accident. It only takes one careless move on the part of another to lead to an accident and injury.
Motorcyclists face a unique risks when out on the road. With little protection compared to an automobile driver, even a minor accident can cause major injuries.
Major injuries are common in accidents involving commercial vehicles and passenger cars. The substantial weight difference between the two vehicles means that the driver of the car is almost guaranteed to get hurt.
Injuries Resulting from Car Accidents
Injuries following a car accident are extremely common. The human body is fragile and does not hold up well to forceful impacts. Even at low speed, a car accident can result in damage to the skeletal structure and the soft tissues in the body. These injuries can be painful, debilitating and sometimes last for years.
Some common injuries resulting from car accidents include:
The spine is easily injured, with muscles, ligaments, discs and nerves all susceptible to the twisting and impact of a car accident. Back injuries can cause ongoing pain, numbness, problems controlling extremities, paralysis of limbs and full paralysis.
Everyone has heard of whiplash, a common name for the type of injury that occurs when the head is thrown forward then back as a vehicle impacts another object. The whipping motion can do a surprising amount of damage to the soft tissues of the neck, leading to lost range of motion, pain and ongoing discomfort.
Head injuries can be some of the most damaging injuries sustained in a car accident. Head injuries can sometimes lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which can negatively impact cognitive abilities, cause pain and make it impossible to lead a normal life.
Injuries to Extremities
Car accidents and especially motorcycle accidents can cause injury to hands, feet, arms and legs. These injuries can be painful, can cause loss of functionality and can sometimes require amputation.
Chest injuries can cause broken ribs, collapsed lungs and heart attacks. Any serious impact to the chest cavity carries a risk of damage to internal organs as well.
There is a Time Limit to File Your Case
It is important to act quickly following a car accident. The statute of limitations in Maryland for car accident cases and personal injury cases in general is three years. Once you are injured, you only have three years to file a case with the Maryland court. If you try to pursue a case after the time limit is up, in most instances you can expect the court to dismiss the case.
Another factor to consider is how long your case will take to work its way through the court. If you are pursuing significant damages, chances are you need the money sooner rather than later. Big car accident cases take time. The sooner you begin your case, the sooner you can get a final verdict and hopefully get the money you deserve.
How to Deal With Insurance Companies
Unless you are are in a rare situation where neither you nor the other driver have car insurance, you can expect to interact with insurance companies sometimes soon after your accident. Your own insurer will want to talk to you about what happened, which is standard. You can give specific details about the accident. It is important to remember, though, that you should only give the facts – avoid trying to take responsibility for the accident. In reality, neither driver is in a good position to know exactly what happened. It is the job of law enforcement to investigate the accident and to determine the course of events that lead to the accident.
When the other driver’s insurer contacts you, the company may attempt to offer you a settlement. Keep in mind that insurance companies are notorious for making low offers to accident victims. They are in business to make money, and the more they pay out the less money they make. Do not accept a settlement without talking with your attorney first. There is a good chance that you can get a better offer if you are represented by an attorney, and it is possible that you can collect a much larger amount by pursuing a lawsuit.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, we encourage you to contact us and tell us your story. We offer a free initial consultation, so you can get informed advice from a legal professional at no initial cost. Contact us now to get started!