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Hit-and-Run Car Accidents: What to Know

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Being involved in a car accident is bad enough, but what if you do not even know who the at-fault party was? A hit-and-run car accident can be exceptionally difficult to deal with as a victim, and it can feel almost impossible to pursue your case on your own. Luckily, with these tips from the expert car accident attorneys at Bruce Robinson & Associates, dealing with a hit-and-run accident can be significantly less overwhelming. Read on to find out more.

What to Do After a Hit-and-Run Car Accidenthit-and-run-car-accidents

A hit-and-run car accident is an accident wherein either party (at-fault or not) leaves the scene of the accident before taking the proper steps to ensure insurance information is exchanged and a police report is filed. If your car is struck while parked or in motion and the at-fault driver leaves without leaving a note, this leaves you with only limited options. Everything that you can do to help establish your claim, however, you should do, including…

getting any information about the car you can. If you can identify a make, model, or license plate number based on your own observations or those of a witness, this will help your case significantly. Even noting the color and size of the car that struck you could be a potentially helpful detail.

…getting any information about the driver you can. If you or any other witnesses were able to get a good look at the driver of the car that struck you, this too can improve your chances of filing a successful claim.

…establishing contact with witnesses. If anyone else was present at the scene of your accident, ask them for their contact information in case their testimony becomes necessary to have at a later time.

…recording everything you can at the scene. Before you yourself leave the scene of the accident, be sure to take note of the time and location of your hit-and-run car accident and take photos of the scene and close-ups of the damage done to your vehicle. (more…)

How Do I Get an Official Car Accident Report?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and they could not be more right when it comes to protecting yourself in the event of a car accident. While you may feel you have all of the tools you need for your car accident case (the at-fault driver’s information, the injuries and wrecked car to show for it), your claim could fall flat without a proper car accident report taken by the police. Read on to learn how you need to go about obtaining an official police report of your car accident before proceeding with your legal case.

Important Things to Know About Official Police Car Accident Reports

  • Who do I contact for a car accident report? Whom you contact in the aftermath of a car accident depends on the loccar-accident-reportation of your accident. The law enforcement agency that came to the scene of your accident is the one that you will call to obtain a police report. If you do not remember the specific department involved, call either the municipal police department or the State Highway Patrol for more information; they will be able to point you in the right direction.
  • Do I have to pay for my car accident report? Some, not all, police departments do charge a fee for the car accident report. While this is not necessarily standard practice across the board, do not be surprised if you are charged a small amount for your report. The charge will vary based on the department’s individual practices.
  • Do I need to fill out paperwork to get my car accident report? Generally, in order to get an official copy of your car accident report, you will be asked to fill out a Record Request Form. The form provides the police department with an official record of your request and allows the procedure of a record request to stay organized.

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Car Accident Aftermath: Statute of Limitations

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

If you have been involved in a car accident, you will no doubt want to resolve your subsequent personal injury case as soon as possible. But what if your injuries are not immediately apparent to you, or there is some other issue that prevents you from pursuing your case as soon as you would like to be able to? Read on to learn more about the state laws that apply to personal injury cases and how your car accident attorney can help you to navigate these restrictions and get the compensation you deserve.

What is the Maryland Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases?car-accident-statute-limitations

The statute of limitations, or the amount of time an individual has to file a civil lawsuit before the courts will refuse to hear the case, for personal injury cases in Maryland totals three years. If you sustained personal injuries during a car accident, you have up to three years after the fact to pursue your case. The statute of limitations’ deadline applies to all sorts of civil lawsuits that might be related to a car accident case, including personal injury cases as well as lawsuits pertaining to vehicle damages.

It is important that you adhere to the statute of limitations regarding your car accident case. If you want to gain the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of your accident by filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver, you will have the greatest chance of success by pursuing your case within that time period; if you wait too long, you will be unable to find a court to you’re your case. Your chance of success will also be enhanced when you hire a qualified car accident attorney.

Hiring a Car Accident Attorney for a Personal Injury Case

From the Maryland laws regarding statutes of limitations to the methods of insurance companies and more, your car accident attorney understands all of the nuances that may affect your personal injury case. If you elect to try and pursue your case on your own, insurance companies can all-too easily take advantage of your lack of experience and expertise in this area, but a car accident attorney will guide you through the process and help ensure your success. (more…)

Forget the Freeway- Parking Lots Are Top Spot for Car Accidents

Friday, May 8th, 2015

If you were asked to pick the most common location in which car accidents occur, you might think of the highway or another area where high speeds and a high volume of cars would make for an unsafe combination. But would you believe that, in fact, an estimated one out of five car accidents occurs in a parking lot? Though you may not have thought all those stationary vehicles could do so much damage, parking lots are a high-risk area for accidents, and so you must be prepared. Read on to find out more!

Why Do Parking Lots Pose Risks to Drivers?parking-lot-car-accident

Filled with tight corners, hard-to-see spaces, and pedestrians, parking lots are a much riskier place to drive than they may seem. It is important when you are in a parking lot to exercise caution- follow these tips to do just that!

  • Check your mirrors frequently. As you are backing up out of a parking space, check your side and rearview mirrors to watch for pedestrians and other vehicles. Staying alert will prevent a nasty fender bender from happening!
  • Don’t be afraid to honk! If you are coming around a corner or out of a space and you see a car approaching quickly, don’t hesitate to alert the driver with a quick honk of your horn. Better to do that than to risk becoming involved in a car accident!
  • Remove obstacles. If you see a stray shopping cart or basket lying in the parking lot, go ahead and return it to its proper place. Not only is it just a nice thing to do, but you will possibly prevent a car accident later on.
  • Take care where you park. Some parking lots are cramped and have very few available spaces, but not always. If you can, park in a space in a more open area, preferably without any other cars next to you, you can reduce your risk of your car being bumped or scraped.
  • Be a good pedestrian! Even when you are not in your car, you can do your part to prevent car accidents. Do not dodge in and out of cars or cut behind someone in the process of backing up; try to be cautious where you walk and you will keep everyone safe.

If you do get involved in a car accident, whether in a parking lot or out on the open road, get in touch with Bruce Robinson & Associates today.

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!