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Did Your Car Accident Cause Head Trauma? Learn to Identify the Signs

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

If you’ve been in a car accident, one of the scariest things you have to worry about is whether you have an invisible injury. While some injuries will make themselves obvious, head trauma can take time to appear. Because of this, it’s always smart to visit your doctor immediately after an accident to rule out the possibility of a serious and potentially life-threatening injury. However, head injuries tend to present symptoms that are noticeable if you know what to look for. Learn to identify the signs of whether your car accident resulted in head trauma in today’s blog.

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Did you car accident cause head trauma?

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Safe Winter Driving Tips from Your Maryland Accident Attorney

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

While driving is never a completely safe activity, in the wintertime the dangers increase exponentially. Poor weather conditions hinder visibility, snow and sleet make roadways slippery and difficult to navigate, and distractions run high as drivers focus on defogging the windows while navigating roadways. In today’s blog, we offer some advice on safe driving techniques that can help you avoid an accident. Learn more, below.

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Winter driving presents unique challenges.

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Maryland Personal Injury Laws You Need to Know

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

After an accident, Maryland laws restrict your ability to file a claim. There are a number of laws and deadlines that you must be aware of in order to effectively navigate the insurance system. In this week’s blog, your Maryland personal injury lawyer explains the ins and outs of fault, insurance laws, and deadlines so that you can be confident in your knowledge of how to file a personal injury claim.

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Misunderstanding Maryland personal injury laws could cost you the compensation you deserve.

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3 Reasons to Visit Your Doctor After a Car Accident

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

So you’ve just been in a car accident and, surprisingly, you feel fine. You’re just a little sore, or maybe you feel nothing at all. You may think you have no need to seek any medical care. However, there are a number of good reasons you should visit your doctor after a car accident, even if in the immediate aftermath you feel fine. Learn more, below.

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Even if you’re just a little sore, see your doctor as soon as possible after a car accident.

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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…)

Car Accident Statistics for Marylanders to Know

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Marylanders statewide have to consider their safety on the roads, especially considering that the number of fatal car crashes in the state totaled over 400 in 2012. These car accidents were responsible for over 500 deaths, and depending on the circumstances, these deaths could have been prevented. Read on to learn more about car accident statistics in the state of Maryland and how you, as a driver, can help lower these numbers.

car-accident-statisticsBreakdown of Maryland Auto Accidents By Vehicle Type

Based on a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2012, there were

-227 deaths of passenger car occupants

-91 deaths of pick-up truck and sports utility vehicle occupants

-3 deaths of large truck occupants

-72 deaths of motorcycle riders

Breakdown of Maryland Auto Accidents By Crash Type

That same IIHS study also yielded data concerning the “crash type,” or number of cars involved in this fatal crashes.

-139 were single-vehicle crashes

-180 were multi-vehicle crashes

Breakdown of Maryland Auto Accidents By Seatbelt Usage

Using a proper restraint in a vehicle, such as a seatbelt, can make a huge difference when it comes to the safety of both driver and passengers.

-Maryland has a 91 percent rate of observed seatbelt usage amongst drivers and passengers

-110 fatalities involved unrestrained vehicle occupants

Breakdown of Maryland Auto Accidents By Location

-190 car accidents occurred in an urban environment

-126 car accidents occurred in a rural environment

While the make and model of your car, your location, the time of day, or any other factor may not contribute directly to your being involved in a car accident, it is important to note any stand-out details in these statistics for the state of Maryland. Being sure to use your seatbelt, for instance, could help save your life in the event of a crash. Being a responsible and attentive driver can limit your risk of being involved in a single-car accident.

However, sometimes as cautious as you are, other drivers on the road are less so. In these cases, their negligence can lead to long-term consequences for you. If you are involved in a multi-car crash that was the fault of another driver, that driver has endangered your life and should be made to pay. Compensation for damages and justice can be served if you have the right legal representation. Get in touch with The Law Offices of Bruce Robinson & Associates today for more information regarding your car accident claim.

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Source:

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/state-by-state-overview

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!

Winter Storm Bozeman Sets Up Season of Car Accidents

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

This past weekend saw a powerful winter storm, dubbed “Bozeman,” wreaking havoc across the country. The Northwest saw the earliest effects of the weather, while later on states as far eastward as Ohio experienced them. Winter Storm Bozeman, which consisted of heavy snow, freezing rain, and ice, knocked out power lines, brought down trees, and caused many car accidents, some which resulted in fatalities. The latest news shows that at least 11 individuals have died due to weather-related car accidents due to this storm, and with hundreds of these incidents being reported, there are many more injuries as well. So is this early winter storm system an indication that weather will only get worse as the season goes on? Read on to find out more.

Winter Storm Bozeman Winter Storm Bozeman: A Warning Sign to Drivers on the Road

 While there is no way at this point in time to predict with 100 percent certainty that similar storms will ravage the country all the way through March, it is important to note the scale of the damage inflicted by Winter Storm Bozeman. Thousands are still without power, hundreds of school closings have been reported, and national flights have been delayed or canceled, stranding people at airports. But perhaps the biggest impact of this storm has been the one it has had on the roads. Car accidents due to limited visibility and slippery ice have been reported in every state that Bozeman affected and with so many resulting in injury and fatality, it is necessary to see this as a warning sign for the remainder of the season.

 Tips to Stay Safe on the Roads in Winter Weather

 Knowing what we now do about the extremely hazardous driving conditions created by Winter Storm Bozeman, it is important to know what steps to take in the event a similar storm hits our region of the country in the coming months.

-First, pay attention to weather reports. If a storm is projected to come your way, go out and collect the supplies you will need before it hits, i.e. flashlights, batteries, non-perishable foods.

-Do not leave your home during a storm unless it is an absolute emergency. If you are not at home, stay in whatever sheltered place you can until the snow stops falling and weather conditions look more favorable. If that means getting stuck somewhere overnight, remember that the daylight will greatly improve visibility and it is worth your safety in the long run.

-If you must leave your home for an emergency, be extremely cautious on the roads. Use your headlights, even in the daytime, so that other drivers can more easily spot your car, and drive slowly. Make sure you have good control over your breaks.

-After the storm passes, remember that the roads may still not be safe. Watch out for patches of black ice or slush that have formed, as these can be extremely slippery. Again, only drive when you must, and ideally, wait for the roads to be salted before you go out.

 Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident due to weather-related conditions or any other reason, call Bruce M. Robinson & Associates. Your consultation with our 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 expense or cost 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!

My Car Accident Re-Injured a Preexisting Injury—Can I Sue?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Though there can be many issues that come up in the aftermath of a car accident, the typical way to respond to them is fairly straightforward. The injured party is able to sue the responsible party for damages, and they either reach a settlement or the case gets resolved in court. One of the advantages of these kinds of cases is that sometimes they can be straight forward; after all, if it is clear that you have suffered from injuries caused by an accident, then it is clear you should receive some form of compensation. But what about a car accident that, instead of causing a new injury, re-injures an old one? Preexisting injuries can make your car accident case much more complicated to argue, and so you will need an aggressive, experienced trial attorney to present your case in court.

 Preexisting Injuries Preexisting Injuries- Do They Spell Defeat for Your Car Accident Case?

The short answer to that question? No. The fact that you had a preexisting injury that was either re-injured or made worse by a car accident that you were involved in does not necessarily mean you no longer have a colorable claim to make. You are still the injured party and still deserve compensation for the suffering the accident has caused you. But it will nevertheless become more difficult to prove this, as the lines between old and new injury can become blurred in the eyes of a jury. You will need to discuss with your lawyer the differences between the two injuries so that the nature and extent of the injury can be properly demonstrated for the jury. It will be important to note:

What the preexisting injury is. The responsible party in your accident is, of course, not responsible for the original circumstances that lead to your first injury. When presenting your case to your attorney, be clear about which treatment, injury and medical bills relate to this specific case, paying special attention to onset dates for the injuries.

What the effects of the accident were. If your preexisting injury was healing and the accident aggravated it to the point where it will now need further and or enhanced medical attention, or if the injury is now permanent, this is something that can be demonstrated for the jury. Be clear about what kind of effect the post-accident injury has had on your recovery time and your overall health.

Your attorney can provide you with the guidance you need to ensure that your preexisting injury does not stand in the way of the justice and compensation you deserve following a car accident.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident, call the friendly attorneys at Bruce Robinson & Associates. Your consultation with our 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 expense or cost to you.  For a free consultation with our 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!