Defenses to Liability in Maryland Car Accident Cases

Tuesday, August 15, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

If you’re a victim injured in a Maryland car accident and are pursuing a claim for compensation against the responsible party, you may be generally aware of what you need to prove in order to prevail. However, there are two sides to every case and you can be sure that the other driver’s insurance company will fight every step of the way. The legal team for the insurer will exploit every possible weakness in your case and present any defenses that may limit the amount of your financial recovery. While your Maryland car accident attorney will take responsibility for strategies to counter opposing counsel’s positions, you may find it useful to understand the defenses to liability in these types of cases.

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Delayed Injuries in a Baltimore County, MD Car Accident Case

Wednesday, August 9, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

There is a considerable amount of chaos at the scene of a car accident, and emotions run high as you assess the damage, communicate with the other drivers and passengers, and make calls for help. In the confusion, you may not sense that you’ve suffered an injury – or, if you do feel pain, you may think that it’s minor. However, these seemingly insignificant injuries often turn into something more severe in the days after the accident. This may be a result of how the human body releases adrenaline and endorphins during periods of excitement. Delayed injuries are common after a car accident but no less serious, so discuss your circumstances with a Baltimore County, MD attorney right away.

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Lost Wages Versus Diminished Earning Capacity: What's the Difference?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

If you’ve been injured in a Baltimore County car accident and were out of work during your rehabilitation, you may recover lost wages for the income you didn’t earn. Proving your right to lost wages is relatively straightforward: You can use pay stubs, cancelled checks, bank statements, or income tax returns to establish the amount you made before the accident occurred.

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Lawsuit Filed Against MTA in Maryland High Speed Chase

Wednesday, July 26, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

The family of a victim who died in a high speed police pursuit has sued the Maryland Transportation Authority and some of its officers for their involvement in the incident. According to Baltimore’s CBS affiliate WJZ News 13, MTA authorities were conducting a traffic stop in December 2015 when the suspect refused to pull over on Interstate 95. Officers gave chase for around 14 miles at speeds up to 130 miles per hour, until the suspect crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into another vehicle. Three women were in that car; the mother died, while her other two daughters survived the impact.

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Victim's Rights in Maryland Distracted Driving Car Accidents

Wednesday, July 19, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

In Maryland, it is illegal to use a handheld phone while operating a vehicle. However, the law does not prevent many motorists from writing a text, responding to an email, taking pictures, or surfing the internet while driving the streets of Baltimore County. This conduct and other types of distracted driving put many on and around the roadway, such as other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, at higher risk of an injury-causing car accident. If you have sustained injuries as a result of someone texting, talking, or getting social while driving, talk to an experienced auto accident attorney about your rights to compensation.

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Defective Car Parts as the Cause of Maryland Auto Accidents

Friday, July 14, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

While human error remains at the top of the list as the primary cause of car accidents, there are still plenty of collisions that occur due to vehicle defects. In a Crash-Stats survey, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the critical cause in 2% of crashes was a vehicle component’s failure or degradation. That may sound like a small number, but it is still approximately 44,000 car accidents during the two-year period covered by the survey. When an incident causes injury, a victim may be able to recover his or her losses under Maryland law. You should discuss the specifics of your case with a Baltimore County auto accident lawyer if you have been injured due to one of these common defective car parts.

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Whiplash-Related Injuries in Baltimore County, MD Car Accident Cases

Friday, July 7, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

When you think about the typical injuries a victim suffers in a car accident, broken bones, contusions, scrapes, cuts, and other types of obvious trauma come to mind. However, one of the most common injuries traffic accident victims suffer, whiplash, is actually not so visible.

Referred to in the medical world as cervical sprain, cervical strain, or hyperextension, whiplash is a unique injury that often occurs in auto collisions. It is caused when an impact forces the head forward and then backward violently, and though you may not be able to see the harm externally, it can be quite serious. Here is what you need to know if you have been in a Baltimore County, MD car accident and may have suffered a whiplash injury.

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Maryland Truck Crash Demonstrates Importance of Accident Reconstruction

Friday, June 30, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

On March 30, 2017, Southern Maryland Online reported on a serious car accident that occurred in Leonardtown, Maryland, approximately 85 miles south of Baltimore. According to police, a car driving southbound on State Route 4 struck a dump truck that was carrying asphalt, sending both vehicles off the road. The truck flipped into the car and landed on top of it as the vehicles came to rest in a nearby ditch, an accident reconstruction investigation revealed; the man in the passenger car was killed in the collision. Accident reconstruction specialists can be critical if you’re injured in a motor vehicle crash in Maryland, as their insight and expertise is important to ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.

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Stay Safe When Traveling to Maryland's Top Vacation Spots

Friday, June 23, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

With summer in full swing, many Baltimore County residents will be heading to vacation destinations to spend some time in the sun. HomeAway, a site that connects travelers and homeowners for accommodations sharing, recently reported on the Top 10 Maryland Vacation Spots that will attract many visitors from near and far. Those who will be driving to such area hot spots as Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, and Ocean City will no doubt experience high levels of traffic and congestion, which tends to increase the number of car accidents in Maryland. Here is what you can do to stay safe while on the road.

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Tiger Woods' Recent Arrest & Maryland Drugged Driving Laws

Friday, June 16, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

By now, you’ve surely seen the headlines about Tiger Woods’ recent arrest on suspicion of drunk driving. You’ve probably also read the news reports, such as in Baltimore’s CBS affiliate WJZ News 13, stating that the superstar athlete submitted to breathalyzer tests. Not once, but twice, the results came back as negative for the presence of alcohol. However, Mr. Woods did admit to using multiple prescription medications, including painkillers. While further details may not be available until his arraignment on July 5, 2017, it’s possible that the famous golfer will be charged with drugged driving. In Maryland, the offense is termed driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). These matters have a lot in common with drunk driving cases under state law, but they’re also distinct offenses that you’d be wise to entrust to an experienced DUI/DWI lawyer.

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Exceptions to the Harsh Contributory Negligence Rule in Maryland Car Accident Cases

Monday, May 29, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

In a Baltimore County, Maryland car accident case, negligence is a term attributed to the conduct of the responsible party that presents a risk of harm to another person. Victims can sue the negligent individual for damages related to their injuries, including costs of medical treatment, pain and suffering, and lost wages. However, under state law, a victim may not be able to recover compensation if he or she bears some responsibility in the accident. If you’ve been injured in a car crash and may be partly to blame, talk to a Maryland car accident lawyer right away about the exceptions to the harsh rule of contributory negligence.

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Baltimore Bus Crash Highlights Issues of Vicarious Liability in Maryland Accident Cases

Friday, May 19, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Many around the Baltimore area may recall the tragic bus crash in November 2016 that claimed the lives of five individuals and caused injuries to 11 other victims. On May 4, 2017, the Baltimore Sun reported that a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of all victims, seeking more than $10 million in damages. The theory of liability is that the driver of the school bus, which struck a Maryland Transit Administration bus, should have been disqualified from obtaining a license to operate a commercial vehicle. The plaintiffs contend that the man suffered from numerous medical issues, including seizures, diabetes, and hypertension, that impact his ability to operate a bus. In fact, the driver had a history of previous traffic accidents and health-related problems.

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What NOT to say when you've been in a car accident

Saturday, May 13, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

A car accident is a traumatic and frightening experience for anyone. Whether it is simply a fender-bender or a serious crash, you will be shaken at the very least. And, when adrenaline is flowing, you are never in a position to say or do all the right things.

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Psychological Disorders from Traumatic Brain Injury

Friday, May 12, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

If you or a loved one suffers traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a car accident, the impact is extensive and life-changing. Unlike broken bones and contusions that heal in a relatively short time, an injury to the brain is unique and can have long-lasting implications; some accident victims may never fully recover. The psychological effects of a TBI can be especially harmful, as bipolar conditions, memory loss, and other psychoses are common for victims. Treatment of these types of injuries come with sky-high medical costs and other losses compared to less severe injuries. Consult with a Baltimore County auto accident lawyer about your options for compensation if you’re the victim of a TBI.

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Is Maryland a "Fault" or "No-Fault" State for Car Insurance?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

If you’re injured in a car accident in Baltimore County, you may be hit with multiple losses that include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages from the responsible party, but the process for pursuing your claim depends on state law regarding “fault” and “no-fault” insurance coverage: Maryland is a fault state. While you should trust an experienced auto accident attorney to assist you in obtaining financial recovery for your losses, some general information on car insurance should be helpful.

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Field Sobriety Tests for DUI/DWI in Maryland

Thursday, April 27, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

If you’re pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Maryland, a police officer may request that you submit certain types of tests that indicate there may be alcohol or drugs in your system. These “field sobriety tests” are typically conducted at the scene, so that an officer can determine whether a further investigation is necessary. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sanctioned three standardized tests that law enforcement across the US may use in the field, though some jurisdiction have implemented non-standardized physical exams. Due to the serious nature of a DUI or DWI charge in Maryland, it’s critical to discuss your case with an experienced attorney if you were arrested for drunk driving based upon these types of test results. 

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How Much Does Your Firm Charge to Handle a Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident Personal Injury Claim?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

The amount of damages caused by commercial motor vehicle accidents is staggering. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that in 2012 there were $87 Billion dollars worth of damages caused by commercial motor vehicle crashes. These numbers can be quite baffling, but when one understands that the Texas Department of Transportation’s investigation reveals that in 2015 there were 34,230 accidents that resulted due to collisions. Because accidents are influenced by a variety of factors, it can be difficult to assess exactly how much the damages from a commercial motor vehicle accident are worth. This article will examine exactly how much our firm charges to handle a tractor-trailer truck accident personal injury claim based on the various statistics available about these types of crashes.

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Nursing Home Fall Led to Death, Lawsuit

Friday, April 7, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Nursing homes are supposed to provide proper care to keep our loved ones safe from harm. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. The family of a man who died while under nursing home care filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming negligence against the facility. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Forest Edge Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center LLC and others stating that they were negligent. The complaint requests damages in an amount greater than $50,000 and a jury trial.

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What to Do After An Uber Accident

Sunday, April 2, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

In just a few short years ride-sharing services, such as Uber or Lyft, have significantly disrupted the traditional taxi industry. Uber rides are convenient and often more affordable than a traditional taxi service so many people like to use Uber when they need a ride somewhere. But just like any other vehicle on the road, Uber vehicles are just as likely to be involved in automobile accidents. What should you do if you are a passenger or driver in an Uber vehicle and your Uber ride is involved in an accident?

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