Maryland Car Accident Injury Attorneys
Auto Accident Injury Law
Insurance companies are businesses that look to make a profit. It will be their goal to settle all claims quickly and with the smallest payout possible. In some cases the other driver may be underinsured or not insured at all. Whatever the situation, a skilled car crash attorney at Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help you determine the best course of action.
After an Accident
Immediately following an accident there are important steps to take. First, make sure no one is hurt. If someone is hurt, call an ambulance immediately. You also should exchange insurance information with the other parties involved in the crash. You should take photos including the position of the vehicles, the crash scene, any skid or gouge marks on the roadway and any damage to the vehicles. If your phone cannot take high resolution photos, consider keeping a disposable camera in your glove compartment. You should also talk to witnesses at the scene and obtain their contact information.
If there is any chance you are hurt, you should seek medical attention immediately. Even if you think you feel fine, pay a visit to your physician to make sure you have not suffered any internal injuries. Some auto collision injuries such as whiplash could take days or weeks to manifest. If you have been injured in the accident, you would be well-advised to contact us to get more information about your legal rights and options.
Car Accidents Change Lives
An individual’s life as well as the lives of the members of their family can be forever changed by a car crash. No one ever expects that they will be injured in a car crash, which leaves many victims unsure as to how to handle expenses associated with their injuries and other costs related to the collision. Thinking of these challenges on top of coping with physical injury, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, and emotional trauma can be extremely overwhelming. However, with an attorney from Alpert Schreyer, LLC on your side, you can focus on healing while our lawyers protect your rights and help you obtain the compensation that you deserve from negligent parties.
The severity of injuries sustained in a collision as well as the medical treatment required depend on various circumstances of the crash, such as, speed; the number of vehicles involved; location of impact to the vehicle; seat belt use; airbag functionality; vehicle crashworthiness; and many other factors. After conducting a study of the cost of medical care and productivity losses connected to injuries from auto accidents in 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered that these expenses exceeded $99 billion, with the cost of direct medical care accounting for $17 billion.
It may be shocking to some motorists to learn that every 10 seconds an individual in the United States is treated under emergency care for serious injuries. In addition, almost 40,000 individuals die from crash-related injuries each year. The CDC suggests many ways for motorists to help prevent crashes and subsequent injuries, some of which include increasing safety belt use; avoiding driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; improving teen driver safety; and improving child passenger safety.
Even injuries that are considered to be minor can present several physical, financial, and emotional challenges for a victim. Many victims cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can be debilitating across the board, leaving a person incapable of functioning normally out of anxiety, depression, and/or fear. Whiplash, lacerations, dislocated shoulders or arms, bruises, scrapes, bone fractures, bone breaks, torn ligaments, and other injuries are not only painful, but they can lead to steep medical bills and may require an individual to take time off work to undergo surgery or properly heal before they are capable of performing job duties again.
More severe injuries such as internal organ damage, brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, tissue damage, loss of limbs, nerve damage, disfigurement, and many others, may require years, if not a life-time of medical treatment, care, and rehabilitation. These serious injuries often limit a person’s ability to work; however, he or she may be able to obtain compensation for lost wages from those responsible for the collision.
The Costs of the Car Crash
There are many costs that come after an auto collision. Here are some of the damages and losses that a car crash injury lawyer may be able to get you compensation for:
- Car repair
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation fees
- Loss of wages
- Long-term care and treatment
The lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC know how important it is to ensure the compensation you receive covers the full cost of the collision including any long term rehabilitation and/or lost wages. Insurance companies may cover the initial medical expenses, but a personal injury lawyer will know how to pursue rehabilitation fees and other continuing accident-related expenses.
What a Personal Injury Lawyer Will Do
A Maryland traffic collision attorney understands the importance of establishing liability for the crash. Was the other driver negligent or driving distracted? This can sometimes be difficult to prove. A car crash attorney can view phone records to see if the other driver was talking or texting when the crash occurred. Were there clues at the scene to show the other driver didn’t yield right-of-way? Was the other driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol? There are many facets of every collision that should be explored. In some cases the government agency in charge of maintaining the road may be at fault for poor road conditions or malfunctioning safety lights. Also, in some cases, the manufacturer of your vehicle may be held liable for auto product defects.
At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, our lawyers understand the many difficulties that you and your family are trying to overcome. It can be a battle holding negligent parties liable for your injuries, especially when complex matters surrounding auto insurance play a role. In achieving successful case outcomes for our clients, the MD car accident attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC are dedicated to ensuring that you receive just compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (301) 932-9997 of toll free at 1 (844)-MDCRASH.