Driving can be a dangerous activity and the most recent car accident statistics prove that point in a sobering way. The most recently collected statistics about car accidents in the United States show that drivers in this state are facing a record year for accidents. We can and should all drive a little safer and in today’s blog, we show you why.
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Being in a car accident is always a stressful experience. On top of damage to personal property and dealing with injuries, drivers must go through the arduous process of reporting the accident to their insurance company. The main reason to contact your insurance company after an accident is to determine fault which will settle whose insurance company will pay for damages. Learn all about how insurance companies determine fault from your car accident attorney.
After you get in a car accident, you have a limited amount of time to file a claim if you wish to go to court. You will go through your insurance company first, but if you are unhappy with the offer you can take your case to court and attempt to get a better one. In this week’s blog, we’ll talk about the statute of limitations on filing a car-accident related claim in Maryland, and other car accident laws in Maryland.
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.
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!
So far in 2014, there have already been 449 incidents involving injured emergency responders. Most people are not aware that the “Move Over” law even exists, and those who know about it frequently do not observe it. It can be tough for officers to actually catch those in violation of the “Move Over” law since they are generally otherwise occupied with whatever the situation is that has them on the side of the road in the first place. After an accident has occurred on a roadway, there is an increased chance of another accident occurring shortly after because of people’s tendency to stop and see what happened. “Rubber necking” frequently results in accidents that are worse than the original accident – and can also cause problems for first responders to an accident.
What Does the “Move Over” Law Expansion Constitute?
The law already states that you should move over into a lane that is not adjacent to an emergency vehicle (i.e. police car, fire truck, ambulance) when that vehicle is responding to an emergency. If it is not feasible for you to move over due to traffic, then you are required to slow down to a “reasonable” speed – obviously the wording is extremely subjective, but we digress. The expansion will include not only emergency vehicles, but also tow trucks. In order to avoid a ticket, we suggest that you start moving over for tow trucks now. The sooner you start following this law, the easier it will be for you to remember to do it once they start pulling people over. Legislators are currently discussing how they plan to have officers enforce the expanded law in the coming months.
Troopers managed to issue 1,165 citations this past June for the original “Move Over” law, which took effect in October of 2010. For the safety of road workers, emergency vehicles, and other first responders, it is best to adhere to this rule. Additionally, if a police officer pulls you over for not abiding by this law, he/she is predisposed to be angry in the first place; do not add fuel to the fire.
Maryland Accident Attorney
If you are a first responder and have been injured as a result, you need to find a good accident attorney lawyer. Your consultation with our lawyers is free and if we can help you, your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis in the case that you are not at fault and are injured, which means no out of pocket expense or cost to you. For a free consultation with our car accident lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!
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According to the Baltimore Sun, approximately 750,000 people will be out and about this Labor Day weekend – and when we say out and about, we mean traveling 50 miles or more. You know how badly 695 can get congested, but just imagine how bad it will get with all of the extra traffic. It is important to take extra safety precautions when this many people are out on the road and driving in areas that they are not familiar with. Traffic accident deaths on Labor Day weekend generally average around 450 in the US.
In order to avoid becoming a statistic for this last summer holiday, there are a few different things that you can do.
- Don’t drink and drive – It can be tempting to get behind the wheel after a cookout and head home to beat the holiday rush, but it’s much better if you avoid it. For one thing, cops take holiday weekends as a free for all. It is when they are the busiest and when they are the most likely to stop you driving on y our way home. You can easily pick up a DUI on a holiday weekend for being a little over the line or speeding. Best to avoid it altogether.
- Wear your seatbelt – Speaking of being pulled over, officers can pull you over for not wearing your seatbelt, whether you are a passenger or a driver. If you have been drinking, being pulled over could lead to a more serious arrest. Make sure to buckle up. It may save you if another driver decides to get on the road after drinking and you get into an accident-no fault of your own. Encourage others in the car to do the same just in case.
- Allow for extra travel time – With nearly three quarters of a million people on the road, it will take you some extra time to get where you are going. In order to avoid aggressive and distracted driving, we advise that you add some extra estimated time on to your trip. It is also a good idea to do this in case you get into a fender bender this weekend. The more time you have to get there, the less frustrating the whole situation will be as you sit in holiday traffic.
Maryland Accident Attorney
We hope you have a safe and pleasant holiday, but if you are injured in an accident this holiday weekend, you need to seek appropriate, qualified legal counsel ASAP. We can take your call anytime, day or night. The consultation is free and if we can help you, it 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 car accident lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.birthinjurymedicalmalpractice.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you.