What Are the Common Types of Negligence that Cause Car Accidents?

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If you were injured in a car accident as a result of another’s negligence, you may be entitled to legal compensation. Do not wait to reach out to our firm to retain the services of a skilled Maryland personal injury attorney to learn about car accidents and the claims process.

How do car accidents occur?

There are many different causes of car accidents in Maryland. However, the most common is driver negligence. Our firm has seen several instances of driver negligence in our years of practice. The most typical types of driver negligence include the following:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Tailgating
  • Making illegal turns
  • Texting and driving
  • Carelessly changing lanes
  • Speeding
  • Driving recklessly by ignoring traffic lights, signs, and all other rules of the road

What are my options if I was hurt in a car accident?

If you would like to pursue legal action after a car accident, you will need to take the following steps as soon as possible after your injury:

  1. Call the authorities. The police will dispatch an ambulance, file an accident report, collect witness testimony and perform chemical tests.
  2. You will also want to collect contact information from anyone who may have seen the accident happen. Witness testimony can be useful evidence in your future personal injury claim.
  3. Take photos and videos of the damage to all vehicles involved in the crash.
  4. Seek medical treatment, even if you do not feel hurt. In some cases, you can become injured without knowledge, or have an injury that does not show symptoms until days or weeks later.
  5. Hire the services of an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney. A lawyer will be able to help you organize your evidence into a strong claim so that you can receive the compensation you deserve.

How long do I have to file a claim for car accidents in Maryland?

A car accident injury due to another’s negligence can entitle you to financial compensation. If you would like to bring a legal claim for your injuries after a car accident, it is important that you punctually file your personal injury case. In the state of Maryland, the statute of limitations is three years. This means that you are expected to file your car accident claim within three years from the date of the accident in order to receive the compensation you need.

Do not wait to reach out to our firm today to make sure that you are meeting your claim’s deadlines. Our committed legal team will guide you each step of the way.

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At McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, L.L.P., our legal team has a strong focus on litigation that seeks just and fair compensation for victims of another party’s negligence. If you need a Prince George’s County personal injury lawyer that handles cases in Maryland, Washington D.C., or Virginia, our firm has the resources and knowledge needed to take a case as far as necessary, including to the U.S. Supreme Court. If you suffered an injury or loss because of another person’s negligence, contact us today.


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