Car Accidents in Baltimore County
Following the rules of the road, maintaining your vehicle, and avoiding dangerous behavior, such as drunk driving or texting while driving, will help you avoid being involved in a serious car accident. Unfortunately, you cannot control things like the weather or other people’s behavior, so accidents can and do happen every day. From minor fender benders to serious collisions involving severe injuries and fatalities, knowing the right steps to take following a wreck can make the situation far less stressful. It can also impact the amount of damages you are able to collect if you pursue a personal injury case. At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, our legal team will walk you through the claims process, ensuring that your legal rights are protected.
Most Common Car Accidents
- Low Speed Accidents: These typically occur in parking lots, or other areas where vehicles are driving under 10 miles per hour. Damage and injuries are often minimal.
- Rear-End Collisions: These occur when the front of one vehicle hits the rear of another vehicle. They are the most common causes of car accidents. While they usually cause minimal damage to the vehicle and injuries are not usually serious, victims can suffer from whiplash, which can be painful and potentially debilitating if not properly treated. The driver who was rear-ended is rarely considered at fault.
- Sideswipe Accidents: These accidents tend to occur when a vehicle is merging into traffic or changing lanes without checking blind spots.
- Single Vehicle Crashes: Inclement weather, poor road conditions, or debris can cause a driver to brake too hard to avoid something in the road. As a result, they can lose control of the vehicle and crash.
- T-Bone or Cross-Traffic Accident: These typically occur when a driver runs a red light or makes a left turn without yielding to oncoming traffic. The person making the turn or who ran through the red light is usually considered at fault.
Examples of Car Accident Injuries
- Arm and leg injuries
- Back injuries
- Chest injuries
- Head injuries
- Scrapes and cuts
- Soft tissue injuries
Steps to Take After a Car Accident
- Call 911. Unless you have been injured and are unable to move, call 911 as soon as possible. They will dispatch police and emergency medical technicians, and alert them of any potentially serious injuries. Check to see if anyone else was injured and needs immediate assistance.
- File an accident report. Be sure to include a detailed description of the accident, including property damage, injuries, and any other information that will be beneficial to your case.
- Exchange information with other motorists. It is very important that you exchange insurance information, license plate numbers, and driver’s license numbers with the other drivers. Avoid apologizing for the accident, as this can be used against you later.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident. If possible, take pictures of the following:
– Location of the accident
– Property damage to the vehicles
– Damage to stop signs, traffic lights, curbs, and other property
– Evidence that weather conditions could have caused the accident, including ice, snow, rain, or sun glare
- Talk to witnesses. If anyone in the vicinity witnessed the accident, ask if they would be willing to provide a statement to police. If so, obtain the necessary contact information.
- Seek medical attention. Even if you do not feel any pain or discomfort immediately following the accident, you should get checked out by a medical professional to rule out any undetected injuries.
Baltimore County Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Justice for Victims of Car Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident, whether it was a minor fender bender or a more serious collision, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore County car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Our experienced team will conduct a thorough investigation of your case and recommend the best legal course of action. We will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Dundalk, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.