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Archive for April, 2014

Finding a Good Maryland Car Accident Lawyer

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Car accident lawyerWhen you’ve been injured in a car accident, it can seriously impact your life. You may suddenly not be able to do the things that you need to do for your family. For example, if you sustain a bad back injury and have young children, it can be hard to pick them up or push them around in strollers, making your life and theirs much more difficult. The last thing you want to do is deal with the injury and the fallout from an accident that wasn’t your fault; you need an experienced, aggressive lawyer who focuses in car accidents so you can get the most out of the insurance of the person at fault. Insurance companies will do their best to minimize your recovery, even if the accident has devastated your life. This is why it’s crucial to have someone in your corner who knows how to a fair and appropriate recovery for your injuries. Use this list to help you get the most out of your Maryland car accident lawyer:

Hire the right kind of attorney – Don’t just settle for any kind of attorney. There are so many lawyers out there vying for your case. Make sure you retain someone who has experience with personal injuries as a result of accidents. The more experience a lawyer has, and the better his or her track record, the more likely you are to get fair compensation for your injuries.

• Interview your car accident lawyer – Once you’ve decided to choose a lawyer, you should engage in an interview process. Find out about their experience and whether you pay up front or after you’ve won your case. Your first consultation with your Maryland accident lawyer should always be free so you can get a chance to know each other and see if working together will be a positive experience for both parties.

Choose someone who sets goals with you – Your car accident lawyer should keep you informed of what’s going on in your case and tell you what his or her goals are for your case. You should discuss them together, make sure that they’re realistic, and proceed accordingly. Though no attorney will ever be able to 100% promise you an outcome, your accident attorney should be aggressive with the other side and inspire confidence in you.

If you’ve been in an accident and find yourself injured at no fault of your own, you need to find a good personal injury lawyer who can help you navigate the murky waters of personal injury lawsuits. You will need an aggressive lawyer who can make sure that you get what you’re entitled to after an accident. We’re available anytime day or night for a consultation to discuss your Maryland car accident personal injury, so call 410-844-0235 or click today to schedule your free consultation.

Fatal Frederick County Accident Raises Questions Concerning Lawsuits

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Stressed Driver Sitting At Roadside After Traffic AccidentAccidents happen at anytime. You never see them coming because they are, well, accidents. Unfortunately, this was the case with a three-car accident that occurred last Saturday afternoon in Frederick County. The accident left two people dead and four injured, which shows the sad reality of a serious accident. It also took the police reconstruction team over six hours on scene to try to piece everything together and figure out how and why the accident occurred. It turns out the crash was the result of the defendant driver running through the median into oncoming traffic; a head-on collision ensued. The injured parties included a 68-year-old man, 44-year-old woman, 40-year-old man, 48-year-old woman, 13-year-old female, and two younger children. The 68-year-old man (who was apparently at fault for the accident) died on the scene, as did the 48-year-old woman. The rest of the passengers were rushed to Frederick Memorial and Johns Hopkins hospital.

This is as devastating as it can get.  The injured parties kiss their spouses goodbye in the morning and are needlessly and recklessly snapped away from their families in the blink of an eye. Then comes months of legal realities in this impossible situation.

What happens when the driver at fault is one of the deceased in the accident? It is clear that the defendant can’t actually pay reparations to the injured party, but there are still catastrophic physical and emotional damages to assess and compensate for. Generally, what happens is that the aggrieved parties (the plaintiffs) will sue the estate of the deceased defendant driver.  Either the family of the defendant driver will open an estate in the normal and regular course as with any death, or if that does not happen, the plaintiff’s attorney can actually open an estate for the defendant and set a temporary personal representative to receive service of a complaint.  Once the temporary personal representative is served, the insurance company for the defendant driver will defend the action to the extent of the insurance.  If the insurance is inadequate for the catastrophic losses, the defendant’s assets, if any, may be at risk as well.  Therefore, it is still possible to sue for damages, though the process is more difficult in the case of a deceased defendant.

If you’ve been involved in an accident where the person at fault dies as a result of the crash, or dies from completely unrelated reasons while your case is proceeding, you’ll need a competent accident injury lawyer who is aggressive, and knowledgeable in this complicated area. If you need help, please call Bruce Robinson & Associates, we can help. Our team of lawyers and paralegals are here to help right now, and as always, personal injury matters are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning no out of pocket expense to you. We’re available anytime day or night for a consultation, please call 410-844-0235 or click today to schedule your free consultation.



General Motors Recalls Millions of Vehicles

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Faulty IgnitionLast week saw the first recall on Chevy Cobalts years 2005-2010 for faulty ignition switches. Essentially what happens is that if the key has any weight on it other than the key itself (including the fob), the ignition can become faulty, and or turn itself off at any time. This has left drivers stuck in the middle of highways with a car that has suddenly shut itself off with, sometimes, no way to restart it; this is just the beginning of the troubles that GM is having. In the past week they have also recalled the 2013-2014 Chevy Cruze with 1.4 liter engines for axle problems, as well as the 2007-2010 Pontiac G5, 2003-2010 Saturn Ion, 2006-2001 Chevy HHR, 2006-1010 Pontiac Solstice, and 2007-2010 Saturn Sky. Obviously things are not looking too good for GM, especially since they already know of 31 accidents and 12 deaths linked to the fault ignition switches and are just now recalling them.

Not only are dealerships having problems with people expecting to be able to pick up their new cars and finding that they’re not able to, but the CEO of GM is going to have to testify before a Congressional committee about why it took so long to recall the vehicles and why they continued to manufacture 2.5 million vehicles with the same problem. The moral of the story is that if yours is one of the millions recalled, you should go get your car checked and fixed ASAP.

If you’ve been in an accident in one of the recalled cars because of the faulty ignition and find yourself injured, and you need to find a good personal injury lawyer who can help you navigate the murky waters of personal injury lawsuits, then give us a call. You will need an aggressive lawyer who can make sure that you get what you’re entitled to after an accident. We’re available anytime day or night for a consultation, so call 410-844-0235 or click today to schedule your free consultation.