Pikesville Auto Accident Attorney
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If you have been injured in an auto accident, whether involving a car, truck, or motorcycle, you have the right to sue the at-fault motorist or their insurance company for damages. The Law Office of Justin A. Wallace is a trial litigation firm that can help you navigate your accident lawsuit in Maryland. Attorney Justin A. Wallace will provide personalized representation to build an effective case for damages, and he is well prepared to take the fight far in litigation. He is a straight shooter who will give honest advice about your case, and you can trust Attorney Wallace to put up a tough fight for as much compensation as you can recover.
Contact the Law Office of Justin A. Wallace for a free consultation to discuss your legal options in more detail.
Maryland’s “Contributory Negligence” Laws
Any injured person can take their auto accident case to court. Note that Maryland is an at-fault (“tort”) state and operates under the “contributory negligence” rule – distinct from “comparative negligence” – which means anyone who is even slightly at fault for the accident is not eligible to claim damages. So, if the injured plaintiff is in fact shown to have played a slight part in the accident (e.g., not fully stopping at a stop sign), they will not be allowed to obtain damages for their injuries.
This is an important rule to keep in mind for any motorist, as even the slightest violation of road rules may throw out their case. For example, Maryland implements several specific rules for motorcyclists, including requiring motorcyclists to wear a helmet with reflectorization and equipping their motorcycle with a windscreen or otherwise wearing eye protection gear. Failing to do so may constitute negligence on the motorcyclist’s part, and they will not be able to recover damages for their injuries.
While contributory negligence seems like a strict rule, an injured person still has every right to sue if they believe they have been wrongfully injured in an automobile accident. It is advisable to discuss your individual case with an experienced auto accident lawyer to better evaluate your potential outcomes.
Filing a Lawsuit
In order to bring forward a strong lawsuit for an auto accident, the injured plaintiff and their attorney must prove the following elements:
- The defendant owed them a duty, particularly the duty not to cause harm to any other party (motorist, pedestrian, cyclist, etc.) on the road.
- The defendant breached the above duty by acting negligently through action or inaction (e.g., they did not follow road rules or misjudged their speed on the road).
- The defendant’s breach directly caused the plaintiff’s injury.
- The plaintiff suffered an actual injury or property loss.
Note that an injured party has 3 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If the individual died from their injuries, their loved ones may instead choose to file a wrongful death claim, which has a statute of limitations of 3 years from the date of the person’s death. After the statute of limitations has elapsed, they lose their right to claim damages, and the court will be unlikely to hear the case.
Additional Steps for Trucking Accidents
If the auto accident involved a truck, it is possible that the trucking company may also be liable. An injured party may seek damages from the trucking company if they can show:
- negligent hiring on the part of the trucking company;
- negligent entrustment of the vehicle to the driver;
- product liability (dangerous mechanical defects in the truck);
- negligence towards weight and route restrictions.
Recovering Economic and Non-Economic Damages
Depending on the situation, an injured plaintiff can obtain economic and/or non-economic damages, where economic damages refer to financial losses and non-economic damages refer to non-monetary losses.
Some examples of economic damages a plaintiff may recover are:
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Present and future medical bills (e.g., for treatment, hospital visits, prescription medication, rehabilitation therapy)
- Property loss (e.g., replacing or repairing a damaged vehicle)
Some examples of non-economic damages that can be recovered include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, insomnia)
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of companionship (in cases of wrongful death)
For legal guidance on your auto accident claim in Maryland, do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Justin A. Wallace. It can be hard enough just trying to understand the legal jargon of car accident laws, let alone doing this while you are suffering an injury. Let Attorney Justin A. Wallace take care of the legal side while you focus on your recovery. He will do his best to strategize a strong case for damages and help you get back on your feet.
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