Car Accidents in Frederick County
Thanks to new advances in safety technology that include accident avoidance systems, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warnings, today’s vehicles are safer than ever. Yet, car accidents continue to happen at an alarming rate, some of which involve serious injuries. Unfortunately, we cannot control some of the things that cause accidents, such as inclement weather, poor road conditions, or the driving habits of others. However, we can make every effort to follow the rules of the road and take the right steps immediately following an accident. Knowing what to do, as well as what to avoid, can help ensure that you collect the damages that you deserve.
Most Common Types of Car Accidents
- Low Speed Accidents: These tend to include accidents like fender benders, parking lot collisions, and other minor accidents that occur when the vehicles involved are driving below 10 miles per hour.
- Rear-End Collisions: These occur when one vehicle is hit from behind by another vehicle. Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident. While they do not usually involve serious injuries or property damage, whiplash is a common injury, which can become very painful and debilitating if not treated. The person who rear-ended the other vehicle is almost always considered at-fault.
- Sideswipe Accidents: This type of accident often occurs when a motorist is merging into traffic or changes lanes without checking their blind pots.
- Single Vehicle Crashes: When weather conditions cause the road to be wet, icy, or slippery, the driver can lose control of the vehicle and crash.
- T-Bone or Cross-Traffic Accident: These often occur at an intersection or traffic light when a driver fails to yield to another vehicle who has the right of way. In most cases, the motorist who cut off the other driver is considered at-fault.
Examples of Car Accident Injuries
- Arm and Leg Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Chest Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Scrapes and Cuts
- Soft Tissue Injuries
What to Do After a Car Accident
- Call 911. Unless you are physically unable to do so, call 911 right away. This will notify police and emergency medical technicians that there has been a car accident.
- File an accident report. This will be necessary for insurance purposes. Be sure to include detailed information about the accident, any injuries that victims may have suffered, a description of property damage, and any other information that will be helpful when filing a claim.
- Exchange information. Be sure to provide and obtain insurance information, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers, and a detailed description of the other vehicles involved. Never apologize for the accident, as this can be seen as admitting fault.
- Take pictures of the accident scene. Provide pictures of the following as evidence:
– Location of the accident
– Damage to the vehicles involved
– Other property damage, including traffic signs and curbs
– Evidence that snow, ice, rain, or sun glare could have caused the accident
– Skid marks on the road
- Obtain witness information. If there were witnesses, and they are willing to share what they saw, ask for their contact information and confirm whether they would be willing to provide a statement for the police report.
- See a doctor. Even if your injuries were minor, or you do not feel any pain, it is strongly recommended that you seek medical attention to rule out any underlying injuries.
Frederick County Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Compensation for All Car Accident Victims
If you were seriously injured in a car accident, you are urged to contact the Frederick County car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. The claims process can be confusing and overwhelming and we will walk you through every step, addressing all your questions and concerns. We will not stop fighting for you until we have secured 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, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll 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.