It shouldn’t have happened to you, but here you are. Your life has been turned upside down by a car crash. The medical bills are piling up, your everyday bills are piling up and you don’t know how you will ever get caught up. You may not be able to work again, and if you can you may not be able to earn at the same rate as before your accident.
You cannot rely on the insurance company to pay, nor can you trust it to pay fairly. You need the help of an experience Maryland car accident attorney to stand up for you and fight for full and fair compensation for your injuries, while you focus on your physical recovery.
Charles County car accident attorney Patrick D. Troxler, Esq., is here for you. Please, call today to schedule your free consultation.
Driver negligence is at the heart of most car accidents. Maryland is one of the few states that still use the doctrine of contributory negligence. Contributory negligence is a legal doctrine which bars you from recovering compensation in a personal injury lawsuit if you were partly to blame for your injuries, even if just by one percent. This is just one of the many reasons why it is so important to have an experienced Maryland car accident attorney on your side.
Examples of driver negligence include:
- Distracted driving, such as texting, talking on the phone or personal grooming
- Running a red light
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield
- Failure to use turn signals
- Drunk driving
- Driving drowsy or fatigued
- Unsafe passing
When you seek compensation for a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you are almost always seeking payment from the driver’s insurance company rather than the driver. The insurance company will try to avoid paying or try to underpay your claim.
Experienced Maryland car accident attorney Patrick D. Troxler will fight for full compensation for you and your family.
Although drunk driving carries serious criminal penalties, victims of drunk drivers must pursue a civil case in order to get paid for their injuries.
Too many victims of drunk driving accidents assume that their cases will be an easy or automatic win because the other driver was impaired, especially if the driver was convicted of DUI. Unfortunately, Maryland law does not work that way. A drunk driver can use the contributory negligence defense against you, meaning that if the defendant can convince the court that you were even 1% responsible for your injuries, you are barred from recovery.
In many cases, a DUI conviction cannot be used as evidence in your civil trial. The only time you can use the defendant’s guilt in the criminal case as evidence of negligence in your auto accident lawsuit, is if they entered a guilty plea in court.
Hit and Run
If you were injured in a hit and run accident you may be afraid that there is no way to recover compensation. However, there are several potential avenues of compensation for hit and run victims. In some cases, we can identify and locate the driver. In cases where the driver is not found or turns out to be uninsured, we turn to your insurance company for payment under your uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. In Maryland, all drivers are required to carry UM coverage along with their liability insurance.
To learn more about your rights and how you can recover full compensation for your car accident injuries, please, call experienced Maryland car accident attorney Patrick D. Troxler, Esq., at 240-903-0119 today or email us right away to schedule your free consultation.