If you or your loved one were hurt in a serious car accident, call the Prince George’s County car accident attorneys at Lightfoot Law, PLLC. Our attorneys will protect your legal rights, fight to collect the money you are owed for your pain and suffering, and strive to hold any negligent parties responsible for your personal and financial losses.
Lightfoot Law, PLLC’s car accident attorneys are:
- Caring and compassionate to accident victim needs;
- Committed to serving our clients; and
- Proven successful in securing compensation for those hurt in car accidents.
Lightfoot Law, PLLC, will provide you with a free, personalized evaluation of your claim, answer your legal questions, and advise you of any possible legal routes that are available. Contact us to schedule your phone, FaceTime, Zoom, or in-person appointment today.
How a Prince George’s County Car Accident Attorney Can Help You
Car accidents cause their victims physical, financial, and mental stress. Rather than deal with the added strain of handling your own legal claim, spend your time healing and recovering from your accident. Call the experienced attorneys at Lightfoot Law, PLLC, to take care of your car accident claim.
The car accident attorneys at Lightfoot Law, PLLC, will take care of all aspects of your legal claim, including, but not limited to the following:
- Investigating the facts of your case in detail;
- Identifying and pursuing all liable parties;
- Employing experts and specialists when needed to estimate the financial and medical impact of the car accident on your life;
- Communicating with insurance companies and creditors on your behalf;
- Negotiating with insurance adjusters to recover the compensation you deserve; and
- If needed, take your claim to court before a judge and jury.
Call Lightfoot Law, PLLC, and discuss the car accident claims process with one of our skilled attorneys. We will take the time to understand and address your most pressing legal concerns and your goals for your car accident claim.
Types of Car Accidents in Prince George’s County
Car accidents are the most commonly occurring personal injury accident, and more than five hundred people lost their lives to car accidents in Maryland in 2019. While most car accidents are not fatal, they can still produce lifelong injuries and chronic pain.
Several types of car accidents happen each year on Maryland’s roadways. The most common of these include the following:
- Head-on collisions. Head-on collisions can occur when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions collide head-on. However, a single driver can hit an animal or fixed object in a head-on collision. These accidents regularly happen at high speeds and are fatal;
- Side-impact collisions. Side-impact collisions are also known as T-bone collisions and take place when one vehicle drives into the side of another. The impact results in a “T” shape. These accidents are hazardous to passengers or drivers on the side of impact;
- Rear-end collisions. These are the most common type of car accidents. Rear-end collisions occur when a driver runs into the back of the car ahead of them;
- Single-car collisions. Single-car collisions happen when only one vehicle incurs damages without the involvement of another vehicle;
- Vehicle rollovers. A vehicle rollover is when a car flips over onto its side or roof. This may happen due to force from an object or driver error. Vehicles with a high center of gravity, like SUVs, are prone to rollovers;
- Multi-vehicle collisions. A multi-vehicle collision, or pile-up, is a crash involving three or more vehicles. These generally occur on busy highways and freeways and may be difficult for other cars to avoid; and
- Sideswipe collisions. Side-swipe collisions happen when two cars come into contact while parallel to one another. These are usually less dangerous than other types of car accidents.
Causes of Car Accidents
There are many causes of car accidents. The most common cause of car accidents across the United States is distracted driving. Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver’s hands, eyes, or minds off of the activity of driving.
Other causes of car accidents include the following types of negligence:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Drowsy driving;
- Aggressive driving;
- Failure to follow traffic signals; and
- Unsafe lane changes.
In cases where the potentially liable party is not a negligent or distracted driver, the liable party could include:
- Vehicle manufacturers;
- Bars and restaurants that over-serve patrons;
- Construction companies; and
- Civil authorities responsible for road safety and maintenance.
Car Accident Injuries
Regardless of the cause of a car accident, the resulting injuries vary in severity from minor cuts and bruises to lifelong conditions requiring ongoing care. Some of the more severe car accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Back, neck, or spinal cord injury, including paralysis;
- Second and third-degree burns;
- Broken bones;
- Limb amputation;
- Internal bleeding;
- Organ damage;
- Disfigurement; and
- Wrongful death.
Car Accident Compensation
Car accident compensation depends on the extent of the victim’s injuries and their long-term prospects for recovery. Some types of compensation pursued in a car accident claim include:
- Payment for medical bills, follow-up doctor appointments, rehabilitation expenses, and medications;
- Estimated costs for future medical treatments;
- Compensation for lost wages;
- Compensation for reduced earning capacity;
- Payment for property damages, including for repair, total loss, loss of use, and diminished value; and
- Compensation for physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering.
In cases involving extreme misconduct, a car accident victim may also be awarded punitive damages as a means of punishing the at-fault party and deterring future negligent conduct.
What to do After a Prince George’s County Car Accident
There are some important steps you can take after a car accident to protect your legal rights, ensure your health and well-being, and speed the process of your legal claim.
These are as follows:
- Never leave the scene of an accident before exchanging contact information with the other drivers;
- Immediately call for the police and medical care, even if there are no apparent injuries.
- Do not speak to anyone concerning the cause of the accident.
- Do not admit fault to law enforcement officials or an insurance company; and
- Contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible.
After a serious car accident in Prince George’s County, contact Lightfoot Law, PLLC. Our car accident attorneys will respond promptly to set up an initial consultation and begin work on your claim. At Lightfoot Law, PLLC, we are experienced and successful in securing insurance compensation for individuals and families injured in car accidents.
Protect your health and your financial future by contacting the Lightfoot Law, PLLC, today. We are ready to meet with you in person, virtually, or by phone.