Prince Frederick Car Accident Attorneys
Prince Frederick Car Accident Law
If you have been involved in a car accident in Prince Frederick or elsewhere in Calvert County, you may have to prove that the other driver was at fault in order to receive compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. Not all Prince Frederick car crashes result in citations but having a general understanding of the basic Maryland traffic laws could help you better understand your legal rights and options. If you would like to discuss the specific laws that may relate to your car accident, please contact an experienced Prince Frederick car accident lawyer.
Maryland Traffic Violations
If the other driver involved in your Prince Frederick car accident committed any of these traffic violations it could help your claim process:
- Driving Under The Influence (Transportation Code Section 21-902): It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or more in Maryland. Drivers determined to be under the influence of alcohol may be held accountable for their actions by criminal prosecution. However, that proceeding will not result in financial compensation for the injured victims. To receive compensation for a crash, the injured victim will have to hold the intoxicated driver civilly liable with a Prince Frederick personal injury claim.
- Speeding (21.801): Maryland has established speed restrictions. For example, drivers are limited to 30 mph in business districts and 35 mph in residential neighborhoods. Drivers that exceed the speed limit or drive at an unsafe rate or speed, given the traffic and weather conditions, could be held liable for accidents they cause.
- Dangerous Left Hand Turn (21-402(a)): Drivers that are taking a left hand turn, “shall yield the right-of-way to any other vehicle that is approaching from the opposite direction and is in the intersection or so near to it as to be an immediate danger.”
- Illegal U-Turn (21-402(b)): “If the driver of a vehicle intends to turn to go in the opposite direction, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any approaching vehicle that is so near as to be an immediate danger.”
- Reckless And Negligent Driving (21-901.1): Maryland defines reckless driving as driving with a “willful disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Negligent driving is defined as driving in an “imprudent manner that endangers any property or the life or person of any individual.”
Other dangerous forms of driving that can lead to a car crash include: running a red light, driving fatigued and distracted driving. An injured victim does not have to prove that the other driver violated the law, but it will be necessary to prove that the other driver was responsible for the crash.
Holding Negligent Calvert County Drivers Accountable
An auto accident claim is a civil action that an injured victim may file against an at fault driver. A successful claim should result in financial compensation for injuries and damages suffered by the victim in the crash. The car accident attorneys at the law offices of Alpert Schreyer, LLC provide free case evaluations for injured victims and their families. We work with investigators, accident reconstruction experts and medical professionals to assess liability and determine the total value of a claim. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Prince Frederick car accident, please call our office right away to find out how we can help.