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The Truth Behind Car Accidents and Insurance Claims

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

When people tell you how to deal with the aftermath of a car accident, they generally will say the same thing: call the police, take a few pictures, and exchange insurance information. While all of these are important steps that you must follow, the last one can prove to be problematic. Insurance companies, while ostensibly there to provide you with protection and compensation, may not always have your best interests at heart. Read on to find out more.

How Do I Deal With an Insurance Company After a Car Accident?

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Insurance companies, while ostensibly there to protect you after a car accident, may not always have your best interests at heart.

Insurance companies, at the end of the day, are just like any other business: the bottom line is their priority. This means that even if your damages and injuries justify a certain amount of compensation, they will try to use any means they can to keep their money from you. Rather than let them, you need to take a few necessary steps to protect yourself and to ensure that you are granted the full amount of compensation you deserve in the aftermath of a car accident. To do so, be sure that…

…you talk to witnesses of the accident. Insurance claims adjusters may try to say that they will not pay you the compensation you are owed because the car accident was your fault. Witness accounts and testimony can work in your favor if people present at the time of the accident can confirm your version of events and prove that you were not the at-fault driver.

…you get a copy of the police report. The police who investigate your car accident will be able to provide you with a copy of their official report. The information in this report is extremely important and can work to support your claim. No matter what the scale of your accident is, get in touch with the police and request a copy of the report upon completion.

…you discuss your case with an attorney. Attorneys will fight on your behalf in the aftermath of a car accident and will refuse to let insurance companies take advantage of you in your vulnerable position. Get in touch with the car accident attorneys at Bruce Robinson & Associates 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!

 

The Most Common Types of Car Accidents and Injuries

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

We’ve all seen the dramatic, multi-stage car crashes in the movies: vehicles flipping over and over, cars landing upside down, their fronts smashed beyond recognition. In reality, these kinds of car accidents are relatively rare. Nevertheless, car accidents do occur and can cause serious injuries; the following are some of the most common types of car accidents that you should know about- and know how to avoid.

What Are the Most Common Types of Car Accidents?

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From fender benders to more serious collisions, these car accidents can cause damage to both your vehicle and yourself.

From fender benders to more serious collisions, these car accidents can cause damage to both your vehicle and yourself.

1.) Rear-end car accidents. This is perhaps the most common accident that occurs when a vehicle decelerates and the vehicle following it is unable to stop in time to avoid hitting it. Very often, this kind of accident happens because the following vehicle was in fact following too closely, or tailgating.

2.) Sideswiping. Sideswiping is another common car accident that is common to highways and other roads where cars are able to pass parallel to one another while traveling in the same direction (though a sideswiping can occur with two cars passing the opposite direction as well). A sideswiping usually leaves a small amount of damage to the side of one or both cars and can also cause injury to the drivers.

3.) Broadside car accidents. This name refers to the type of accident wherein the side of a vehicle is struck by the front of another vehicle; very often these kinds of car accidents occur in intersections. Depending on which side of the vehicle is struck, broadsiding can put the driver at great risk for injury.

4.) Head-on collisions. One of the most deadly types of car accidents, head-on collisions occur when two vehicles heading in opposite directions collide with one another. This can cause an extreme amount of damage to your vehicle and very often will end up totaling your car, not to mention causing you extreme injury.

If you have been involved in any type of car accident, you need to ensure that you are taken care of properly. Get in touch with the car accident attorneys from Bruce Robinson & Associates to learn how to approach your case and guarantee that you are afforded the proper compensation for your injuries and vehicle damages. (more…)

Distracted Driving and Avoiding Car Accidents

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

With the ever-increasing popularity of smart phones and other handheld devices, distracted driving has reached a critical level. Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents and poses a great risk to both those participating in it and those who are not on the roads. In order to avoid a potentially deadly car accident, learn more about distracted driving and how you can help put a stop to it.

Distracted Driving Statistics to Knowdistracted-driving-car-accident

An estimated 25 percent of car accidents involve some form of distracted driving, whether those distractions are visual, manual, cognitive, or a combination thereof. When you are a driver who uses a handheld device while operating your vehicle, you increase your chances of getting involved in a car accident by up to four times. Distracted driving involves a wide range of activities, including…

-Texting/talking on a cell phone

-Eating/drinking

-Reading a map, directions, etc.

-Changing radio stations/CD tracks

-Reaching for items in the back seat/passenger seat

Any number of these activities could lead to you becoming involved in a serious car accident, so it is important to avoid distracted driving altogether. And not only is it important, but it is the law: Maryland’s Jake’s Law tackles distracted driving by prohibiting the use of handheld phones while driving. If caught talking or texting on your cell phone in Maryland… (more…)

Car Accident Risk Increases With Maryland Summer Storms

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Earlier this week, severe thunderstorms hit Maryland and led to a large amount of rainfall flooding the roadways. The rain was so significant that it is being named as one of the primary causes of a massive 21-vehicle accident that occured on southbound I-81, according to the Maryland State Police. State troopers have determined that both the rain and the resultant road conditions were contributing factors to the accident, reminding all Maryland drivers of the importance of driving safely during poor weather conditions. Read on to learn more about avoiding a car accident during summer storms.

Safe Driving Practices To Prevent Car Accidents in Bad Weathercar-accident-storms

Maryland sees many heavy thunderstorms throughout the course of the summer. For drivers who are caught out on the road when one of these storms hits, safety is the primary concern. If you are driving out in a summer storm and want to prevent a car accident from happening, be sure to…

Turn your headlights on. Turning on your low beam headlights will not only illuminate the road in front of you, but it will also make it easier for cars approaching from the opposite direction to see your vehicle.

Slow down. In any risky driving conditions, one of the safest choices you can make is to reduce your speed. Slow down to allow yourself more time to brake and to avoid the risk of hydroplaning on wet asphalt.

Find a place to park. If rain is coming down hard, it can severely impair your ability to see the road in front of you. In such a case, it may be prudent to stop your car altogether and to wait for the rain to subside: find a parking lot or the shoulder of the road to stop for a while (keeping your lights on so that your car stays visible). (more…)