It is important for all drivers to follow the rules of the road and safely operate their vehicles. However, this is not always the case and accidents can happen on the road. The outcome of an accident can depend on the size of the vehicles, their speeds, and the point of impact. There are some cases in which accidents are minor and cause little to no injuries. Other times, accidents can be severe and cause a person to sustain life-changing injuries. When this happens, injured parties can be left with significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens. If the accident was due to negligence, it is important to seek experienced legal representation to assist your case.
Types of Accidents
Car accidents can happen in several different ways. The most common types of car accidents seen on the road in Maryland are the following:
- Rear-end accidents
- Side-impact collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Multi-car pile-ups
- Taxi accidents
When a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, they have a legal obligation to operate it safely and give the road their undivided attention. When they do not follow this, they can cause serious accidents. Some dangerous actions that can lead to car accidents can include:
- Texting while driving
- Using other electronic devices while driving
- Disregarding traffic signs/signals
- Drunk/drugged driving
- Excessive speeding/reckless driving
- Driving distracted
- Driving tired
What to Do After an Accident
The scene of a car accident can often be frightening. It is important to know what you should in this situation. After an accident, it is important to stay and contact law enforcement. This ensures your safety as well as others on the road as police can direct traffic around the wreckage. They can also draft an official police report and take witness statements. It can also be beneficial to take pictures and video of the scene before the vehicles are moved. In addition to this, all parties involved should seek medical attention immediately after an accident.
Burden of Proof
When someone is injured in an accident due to negligence, they often wish to hold the negligent party responsible for their injuries. This can be done through a personal injury lawsuit that requires them to satisfy the “burden of proof.” To do this, the injured party must gather all evidence that proves the accident and their injuries were a direct result of that negligence. Evidence that may be used in a case can include the police report, medical documentation of the injuries, pictures/videos of the accident, or any witnesses.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County, Maryland who have been charged with a crime. If you are facing criminal charges, let our firm explore all possible defenses and fight to protect your future. We also represent individuals who have been injured by the negligence of another party. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.