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Filing a Car Accident Report with the Police

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

If you are pursuing a car accident claim, then one of the most important pieces of evidence in your favor that you need is the official police report of the accident. In situations such as car crashes, the police actually provide a wealth of objective, valuable information that can make or break your defense and help in your communication with the insurance company. So how can you ensure that you file an accurate accident report with the police? Read on.

police-reportWhen Do I File an Accident Report?

Your accident report should be filed as soon after your accident as possible; the most information can be recorded then. The police officer who arrives on the scene of your accident will procure details from both you and the other person involved, making the accident report a vital reference for your attorney.

Do I Always Have to File an Accident Report?

Many times, people do not believe that filing an accident report is necessary in their case. This happens often with minor accidents where the parties involved do not see major damages done to the cars, or when they themselves have not sustained any major injuries. Still, an official police report is always going to be important, even when it seems like it won’t be. You may not feel the effects of an injury until a few days after your accident, and the details of the police report could illustrate how exactly you sustained injuries in the collision.

What Information is Recorded in My Accident Report?

There are a few basic facts that, though simple in and of themselves, may prove vital to your case later on, and therefore must be included in the police report. First and foremost, there will be a description of the events that lead to the accident; accounts from yourself, the other driver, and any witnesses will be noted. Other details that will be recorded include the number of people in each car, the names and insurance information of the drivers involved, the damages to the vehicles involved, the injuries sustained by drivers and/or passengers, and the contact information of witnesses.

How Do I Get a Copy of My Accident Report?

Typically, you can request a copy of the police report on your accident several days or a week after your accident. It is important that you are able to obtain a copy, as both your attorney and the insurance company will want to see it before proceeding.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, please call Bruce Robinson & Associates. Your consultation with our trial lawyers is free and if we can help you, your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis, which means no out of pocket fee or expense to you.  For a free consultation with our experienced trial lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!

The Guide to Protecting Yourself from Motorcycle Accidents

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

While a motorcycle may be your preferred mode of transportation, it is important to note that it is an inherently riskier choice than a car which generally results in far more serious injuries to the rider.  Without being in an enclosed space or having airbags, you are more exposed on a motorcycle and thus are more susceptible to injury. Other drivers on the road should take responsibility and take this into account when they are driving next to you on your motorcycle; if they do not, it could lead to a serious accident. To avoid being involved in a motorcycle accident, read on to discover some helpful tips!

motorcycle-accidentMotorcycle Accident Prevention: The Key to Your Safety on the Road

One of the most important things you should bear in mind when you are riding your motorcycle is that other drivers are much more accustomed to looking out for other vehicles. Cars and trucks stand out, while motorcycles can often fall into other drivers’ blind spots, or simply be overlooked by them altogether! You can take this knowledge and incorporate it into a defensive driving technique by making sure that other drivers perceive you and know where exactly you are headed. Signal when appropriate to indicate your chosen path, stay within view of other drivers’ mirrors, and pay close attention to the movements of other vehicles when riding your motorcycle. Driving defensively and anticipating the mistakes that drivers will make by failing to see you is a very important safety step. Simply by being hyperaware of your surroundings, you could reduce your chances for a deadly motorcycle accident.

Another “trick” that motorcyclists can use to avoid injury on the road comes into play whenever they are at a stop sign or a red light. Rather than stopping in the center of the lane, position yourself slightly to the side (tapping your brake lever to flash your lights and alert drivers behind you). This helps you to avoid being “rear-ended” by a fast-moving car; if you are hit with a centrally-focused force this can lead to serious injury.

Motorcyclists, like any other drivers on the road, need to be aware of road conditions in order to stay safe. If roads are wet or icy, as they are especially likely to be now during winter, take extra caution around curves or in shaded areas that might be concealing black ice. The more cautious you are, the better your chances are of staying safe.

Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Maryland

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident despite your best efforts to stay safe, then you are not at fault and deserve fair and appropriate compensation. Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are generally more extreme and significant than standard car accidents, and only with the help of a qualified and aggressive attorney can you set about putting things right with the insurance company.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a motorcycle or car accident that was not your fault, please call Bruce Robinson & Associates anytime day or night. Your consultation with our trial lawyers is free and if we can help you, your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis, which means no out of pocket fee or expense to you.  For a free consultation with our experienced trial lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!

Source:

https://rideapart.com/articles/10-common-motorcycle-accidents-and-how-to-avoid-them

Can My Auto Accident Injuries Be More Than Physical?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Some people who have been involved in an auto accident are lucky enough to walk away without a scratch on their own person. But are these people truly lucky? They can suffer the same degree of emotional distress and suffering that those who are physically injured do, and they deserve the same degree of compensation and justice as well. So can you pursue emotional distress damages in an auto accident case?  Read on to find out more!

Emotional_Distress-Car-AccidentEmotional Distress After an Auto Accident: How to Pursue Your Claim

Personal injury cases encompass all forms of injury, including emotional ones. An auto accident can leave you with any number of emotional issues, from anxiety about driving to insomnia to depression. Though distress like this may not leave any visible scars, the toll it takes on you and your ability to live your life normally can be an exhausting one. But the lack of physical evidence does make an emotional distress claim a bit more challenging to pursue successfully- it takes both your own efforts and an experienced auto accident attorney to get you the compensation you deserve for your suffering.

You can do a lot to further your emotional distress claim by gathering appropriate evidence that supports your claim. If you have had to seek counseling in some form to cope with the stress or anxiety in the aftermath of an auto accident, ask your counselor, psychiatrist, therapist, etc. to keep accurate reports on their recommendations for appropriate treatment. Family members and friends may have their own accounts of your emotional state after your accident; they will have the greatest amount of insight into any significant changes you have undergone, as they are the closest to you. Your own account of your mental state is equally, if not more important as any outside parties’. Keep a thorough record of your feelings and behavior in the days and weeks following your accident so that you have specific narratives to reference when making your claim in court. The more concrete and better documented you can make your case, the better your chances are of succeeding.

Your attorney can help you determine what kind of damages you should seek in compensation for your emotional distress and other injuries. Just because your injuries are emotional and physical in nature does not mean that your emotional needs should be neglected. Contact our experienced trial attorneys today for more information.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, please call Bruce Robinson & Associates. Your consultation with our trial lawyers is free and if we can help you, your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis, which means no out of pocket fee or expense to you.  For a free consultation with our experienced trial lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!

Can I Negotiate My Initial Settlement After an Accident?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

The aftermath of a car accident frequently revolves around numbers: the phone numbers of insurances agencies, the cost of the damages to your vehicle, and the dollar amount offered in your insurance settlement. While those numbers can vary greatly depending on the circumstances, one thing is almost always for sure: the number for your settlement will be low. Too low, in fact, to account for all of the damages and expenses you need it to. So how exactly do you proceed when your insurance company offers you an insufficient settlement after a car accident? Read on to find out.

negotiate a settlementWhy is My Initial Settlement So Low?

It is important to understand that an insurance company is a business like any other, and so like any other business their main priority will always be the bottom line. Your claims adjuster is trying to settle your case so that he or she saves the company as much money as possible, which is why you may see a surprisingly low figure accompanying your settlement. While many people are struck by how low their initial settlement is, they accept it anyway, believing there is nothing more they can do and that they need to take what they can get for the damages so they can set about getting their lives back on track. However, the first settlement you are offered is by no means the last. You can negotiate your insurance settlement with the help of an experienced attorney and in so doing get the compensation that you are actually owed for your car accident, either by settlement or court.

How Can I Negotiate My Initial Settlement?

The best way to prepare for a negotiation of your settlement is by gathering as much information as possible regarding your accident and providing it to counsel early on. As we discussed in last week’s blog, the more information you have, the more potential evidence in your favor you have. Keep track of and obtain early on medical bills, car repair bills, witness accounts, and anything else that you and your attorney agree might be useful in negotiating a higher insurance settlement. Negotiating a settlement on your own is generally not fruitful because you are not a threat to the insurance company, but with counsel you can improve your position. This lengthy, complex process can be made much easier with the assistance of a qualified attorney whose priority is getting you the full amount of compensation that you are owed for your accident and since counsel is generally paid on contingency as part of the recovery, both of your interests are aligned.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, please call Bruce Robinson & Associates. Your consultation with our trial lawyers is free and if we can help you, your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis, which means no out of pocket fee or expense to you.  For a free consultation with our experienced trial lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!