Should I talk to the insurance adjuster after an accident?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

It’s a common occurrence - you’re involved in an auto accident and a few days later you get a call from the other driver’s insurance company. If the insurance adjuster knows it wasn’t your fault, they want to talk to you quickly.

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Factors to Consider When Hiring a Baltimore County Car Accident Lawyer

Friday, January 12, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

It’s both overwhelming and devastating when you’re injured in a Baltimore County car accident, so the most important task – after seeking proper medical treatment – is to retain experienced counsel to assist in pursuing your rights to compensation. It’s a mistake to go it alone when dealing with pushy insurance companies and even more rash to represent your own interests in court. A skilled car accident attorney can assist you with obtaining the highest amount of financial recovery under the law, but you’ll need to first find the right fit. Here are some factors to consider when hiring a lawyer to take on your personal injury case in Maryland.

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Scaffolding Accident in Maryland Kills One, Injures Another

Friday, January 5, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

One man was killed and another injured when a construction site scaffolding collapsed beneath their feet, sending them the ground 25 feet below. ABC affiliate WJLA Channel 7 News reported that the incident occurred at the Sugarloaf Elementary School in Frederick County, Maryland on December 11, 2017. The worker who died was pronounced dead at the scene, while the injury victim was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment of his broken leg. Officials continue their investigation into how the scaffolding accident occurred, as one key aspect of the investigation will center on whether there were any violations of regulations established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The story raises some complex issues about how Maryland workers’ compensation rules apply when there is a potential failure to comply with OSHA rules.

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Life-Threatening Injuries for Two Victims Ejected in Maryland Car Crash

Tuesday, January 2, 2018      Michael A. Freedman

Two people were transported to local hospitals after being tossed from their car in an accident on I-270, according to a December 8, 2017 report from CBS affiliate WUSA News Channel 9. A spokesperson from the Montgomery County Fire Department stated that the incident occurred just after 10:00 p.m. near the Falls Road ramp, just outside of Rockville, Maryland. The victims were traveling southbound on I-270 when they were involved in some sort of collision, which remains under investigation. After the initial impact, they were ejected from their vehicle and landed in the northbound lanes of the highway.

Being ejected during a car collision can lead to extremely severe injuries, and these incidents are far more likely to result in death as compared to other types of crashes. A Maryland auto accident attorney can help if you have suffered injuries, as you may be entitled to compensation where you were not at fault.

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Maryland Passenger Van Accident Kills One, Seriously Injures Four

Friday, December 22, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Maryland State Police continue to investigate and are seeking witnesses to a single-vehicle crash in Hagerstown, which killed one passenger and injured four others on November 30, 2017. The accident involved a passenger van from The Arc of Washington County, an organization that promotes independence for individuals with developmental disabilities. According to a report from ABC Channel 2 News WMAR out of Baltimore, the van was heading east when it veered off the roadway and traveled about 200 feet before striking a tree. Officials stated that it is unclear why the driver left the road, and there was no indication of braking or other maneuvers to avoid a collision. Passenger vans present characteristics that make them more likely to be involved in serious auto accidents and cause serious injuries to victims.

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Recent Report Shows Dangers of Underride Accidents for Maryland Drivers

Friday, December 15, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

On November 7, 2017, a man driving a pickup fell asleep at the wheel and slammed into the rear of a semi truck near Flintstone, Maryland in a rural area of Allegany County. According to CBS affiliate WUSA Channel 9 News, he suffered only minor injuries, even after first responders were forced to cut him out of his vehicle using the jaws of life. Many news outlets would not even report on an accident involving such negligible injures, but this incident is noteworthy: It highlights an increase in the number of underride auto accidents in Maryland, which are among the most devastating types of crashes involving large trucks.

An underride collision occurs when a passenger vehicle slides underneath a tractor trailer being hauled by a semi truck. Catastrophic injuries and fatalities are common and, in many cases, the individuals are decapitated by the impact. Despite regulations on required safety equipment for semis, underride accidents remain a serious threat to Maryland motorists.

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Maryland Woman Killed by Car in Post-Accident Incident

Friday, December 8, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

What started off as a minor fender-bender turned tragic when one of the passengers involved in the car accident was killed after the incident. According to Prince George’s County Police, the initial collision occurred between a passenger vehicle and an SUV in District Heights, Maryland on the evening of November 19, 2017. Online news source Patch.com reported that the drivers of both vehicles pulled over and a passenger from the SUV got out. For unexplained reasons, the woman moved to stand behind the car, at which point the driver backed over her. The story serves as a sobering reminder of how to stay safe after a crash, and other actions you should take when involved in a Maryland auto accident.

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Determining Speed After Car Accidents in St. Mary's County, Maryland

Monday, November 27, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

A serious car accident in St. Mary’s County is still under investigation, with accident reconstruction specialists stating that speed appears to be a factor in the crash. Southern Maryland News Net reported that at around 6:30 p.m. on November 9, 2017, police responded to a report about a severe motor vehicle incident near Lexington Park, Maryland. According to authorities, a Dodge truck was traveling southbound on a state road when it struck the rear of Honda Pilot moving in the same direction. The impact forced the Honda over the center line and off the road, where it collided with several trees. Both drivers were transported by helicopter for medical treatment, and other passengers were taken by ambulance to area hospitals.

If you have sustained injuries in a Maryland car accident where speed is a contributing factor, note that there are a few ways to determine how fast a vehicle was traveling, even after the fact.

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Car Accident at Glen Burnie, MD Railway Crossing Injures Two | maflaw.com

Friday, November 17, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Two people sustained injuries in a Glen Burnie, MD auto accident after their vehicle collided with a Maryland Transit Administration light rail train on October 13, 2017. WJLA ABC 7 News reported that the woman driving the car was transported to University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center with life-threatening injuries; her passenger, a 12-year-old boy, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, Maryland. While the results of an official investigation have not been revealed, the scene of the incident at a railway crossing indicates that the motorist may have been attempting to beat the train to the intersection. Auto accidents at railway crossings are extremely dangerous due to the size difference between a car and a train, but there may be liability issues that prevent a victim from recovering compensation for injuries.

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Winter Conditions Headed to Baltimore County, MD: Safety Tips for Drivers | maflaw.com

Friday, November 10, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Winter is on the way for residents around Baltimore County, Maryland, which means it is a good time for a reminder on driving safely when hazardous weather hits. According to the US Department of Transportation, diminished road surface friction and limited vehicle maneuverability are among the top contributing factors that result in increased crash risk in snowy conditions. Plus, road speeds fall by as much as 40% in heavy snow, primarily due to accumulation and visibility issues; the situation can cause serious problems for motorists unprepared for the slower traffic that lies ahead. Whether you are commuting locally, running errands, or taking long-distance trips, keep these winter driving safety tips in mind to reduce the chances of a dangerous auto accident.

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Special Considerations When a Child is Injured in a Maryland Car Accident

Friday, November 3, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

As a parent, you do everything you can to keep your child safe. You already know the importance of safety restraints in passenger vehicles and trucks, and a frightening statistic from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proves this point: One-third of children under 13 who were killed in auto accidents nationwide were not wearing a seat belt or secured in a car seat at the time of the collision. While you can ensure that kids buckle up when they are riding in a vehicle with you, it is not possible to be with them every minute. Crashes still happen, and it is common to feel powerless and overwhelmed when your child becomes a victim of a Maryland car accident. Fortunately, it is possible to recover compensation for injuries and related losses, but these cases are unlike incidents where an adult seeks to file a claim. Here are some important details parents need to know.

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Potomac, MD Accident Shows Dangers of Single-Vehicle Crashes

Friday, October 27, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

When police arrived on the scene of a single vehicle crash late in the evening on October 18, 2017, it was already too late for the driver and his passenger. According to Fox 5 DC, a 30-year-old man and 33-year-old woman were both killed in the accident, which occurred in Potomac, Maryland, about 50 miles southwest of Baltimore. A preliminary investigation reveals that the passenger vehicle left the road for unknown reasons and then struck a tree just off Interstate 270. The impact brought down electric lines, which fell on top of the car and caused it to catch fire. It is a common assumption that crashes involving two or more vehicles are among the most dangerous, but this recent accident shows that single auto accidents in Maryland can be just as deadly.

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Truck Crashes are More Complicated than Car Crashes

Friday, October 20, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Maryland State Police continue their investigation into a fatal, two-car accident that occurred in the early morning hours of October 6, 2017. According to a report in The Garrett County Republican, a 28-year-old man was killed when he drove his Kia passenger vehicle into the rear section of a truck and became trapped underneath the trailer. The driver of the semi had pulled over on the shoulder of Eastbound Interstate 68 to inspect damage to an air hose, and was in the process of setting up emergency markers when the victim struck the trailer. When first responders arrived on the scene, the driver of the Kia was discovered to be deceased.

If you are an injured victim or the surviving family member of someone killed in a truck accident, you may assume that the process of seeking compensation is similar to auto collision cases in Maryland. However, there are a number of ways these incidents are far more complicated.

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Factors to Consider When Hiring a Baltimore County Car Accident Lawyer

Wednesday, October 11, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

It’s both overwhelming and devastating when you’re injured in a Baltimore County car accident, so the most important task – after seeking proper medical treatment – is to retain experienced counsel to assist in pursuing your rights to compensation. It’s a mistake to go it alone when dealing with pushy insurance companies and even more rash to represent your own interests in court. A skilled car accident attorney can assist you with obtaining the highest amount of financial recovery under the law, but you’ll need to first find the right fit. Here are some factors to consider when hiring a lawyer to take on your personal injury case in Maryland.

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Rollover Car Accidents in Maryland

Monday, September 25, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

There are countless trajectories a vehicle may take upon impact in a car accident, but a rollover is certainly among the most catastrophic. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that rollover crashes are responsible for more fatalities than other types of accidents, with about 10,000 victims killed every year. An accident is considered a rollover any time the vehicle flips over onto its roof or side, and many of these incidents involve a single car that flips over. However, there are many other accidents that are the result of negligence, so an injured victim may be able to recover compensation for his or her losses. If you were hurt in a rollover collision in Baltimore County, MD, an experienced car accident attorney can tell you more about your options.

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Dangerous Intersections and Maryland Car Accident Cases

Monday, September 18, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Maryland State Police continue to investigate an accident that occurred in Solomons, approximately 95 miles due south of Baltimore. The BayNet online news source reported that, on August 27, 2017, a trooper responded to reports of a car accident at the intersection of Route 4 and Patuxent Point Parkway around 1 p.m. The crash involved multiple vehicles, including a Ford Expedition that had rolled over in the collision; the driver was transported via Medevac to Prince George’s Hospital Shock Trauma Center. Police accident reconstruction experts were on the scene and closed down the intersection to assess what may have caused the crash. There are various factors that play a role in Maryland car accidents, but there are certain issues that make hazardous intersections an extreme risk for drivers.

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What is Probation Before Judgment in a Maryland DUI/DWI Case?

Friday, September 8, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

If you are facing charges for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) in Maryland, you probably assume that your options are limited. You expect a hefty fine, driver’s license suspension, ignition interlock device, and even more severe penalties if the DUI/DWI arrest is not your first. What you may not realize is that you might qualify for the “Probation Before Judgment” program under state law. There are significant advantages if you are eligible, so you should discuss your circumstances with a Maryland DUI/DWI attorney right away.

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School Bus Safety Reminder as Baltimore County Kids Head Back to Class

Wednesday, August 30, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

It is back to school time for Baltimore County children, who will be returning to class on September 5, 2017. As families are enjoying the dwindling days of summer and stocking up on school supplies, now is a great time to remind parents and kids of all ages about school bus safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 174 children died in school-transportation related incidents from 2003-2012, both as bus passengers and pedestrians. While we may not be able to prevent all school bus accidents in Baltimore County, it is helpful to review common causes of these incidents and learn some tips on how to avoid injury.

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What are My Benefits Under Maryland's Workers' Compensation System?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Accidents in the workplace are inevitable, which is why states enact workers’ compensation laws providing financial benefits to injured or disabled workers. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) oversees the program, which requires employers to procure a type of insurance policy for coverage of employment-related injuries and illnesses. It is not necessary for a worker to prove fault for workplace conditions that cause medical problems because the intent of a workers’ comp program is to get the employee back to health and back to work as soon as reasonably possible. However, benefits do not extend to all types of accidents and all individuals in the workplace. A general review of the complicated regulations and eligibility rules is helpful, but it is wise to consult with a Maryland workers’ compensation lawyer to fully understand your rights.

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