Did you know that rear-end collisions are the most common type of multi-vehicle crash? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 50% of multi-vehicle collisions—and one in four car accidents overall—are rear-end crashes. Involved in a rear-ender in Maryland? It is crucial that you understand your rights and your options. Our Baltimore auto accident attorney provides an overview of the most important things you should know about rear-end collision claims in Maryland.
Maryland is an At-Fault Car Accident State
Fault matters in auto accident claims in Maryland. Unlike some other nearby states in the Northeast, Maryland is an “at-fault” or “tort” jurisdiction for car accidents. The party—usually a driver, but potentially other entities as well—who is deemed at fault for causing a crash can be held legally liable for the resulting damages.
The Rear Driver is Usually At Fault—But Not Always
While it is commonly presumed that the rear driver in a rear-end collision is at fault, this is not an absolute rule in Maryland. To be sure, most rear-end collisions occur because of negligence on the part of the rear driver. It could be distracted driving, speeding, or following too closely. Still, the specific circumstances always matter. A front driver could be deemed liable for a rear-end crash.
Every Rear-End Collision Requires a Thorough Investigation
Every serious rear-end collision in Maryland should be thoroughly investigated by an experienced attorney. After a crash, it is normal to feel stressed out or overwhelmed. A lawyer can ensure that your rights and interests are protected. A proactive investigation of the accident helps.
A Three-Year Statute of Limitations for Auto Accident Injury Claims
In Maryland, there is a three-year statute of limitations for filing an auto accident injury claim. The time limit starts from the date of the accident. If you wait too long to bring your legal claim, you may lose out on your right to recover financial compensation at all. Be proactive after a collision.
You Have the Right to Seek Compensation for Economic and Non-Economic Damages
Maryland law allows rear-end collision victims to seek financial compensation for the full extent of their damages from the at-fault party, including economic and non-economic losses. However, insurers fight to settle cases for less. You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Vehicle repairs;
- Emergency room care;
- Other medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Lost earning power;
- Pain and suffering;
- Disability; and
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation With a Maryland Car Crash Lawyer
At The Law Offices of Michael A. Freedman, our Maryland auto accident attorneys have the skills and experience to take on all types of rear-end collision claims. Hurt in a rear-end crash? We are here to help. Contact us today to set up your free, no-obligation initial case review. With strategically located offices in Owings Mills and Glen Burnie, we handle car crash cases throughout the area.