Maryland Crash Statistics and Personal Injury Law

by Monty Yolles on October 3, 2012

More than 600 people are killed on Maryland roadways each year, and more than 30,000 others are injured.  The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration estimates that 90 percent of crashes are preventable accidents caused by avoidable driver error. 

If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident and another person was at fault, you may be able to hold the other person or their insurance company responsible for the expenses related to your injuries.  You may also be entitled to reimbursement for income lost while you were hurt, and compensation for your pain and suffering.

Under Maryland law, a person may be responsible for your injuries and related damages in an automobile accident if:

  • The person who caused the accident owed a duty to foreseeable plaintiffs.  In other words, whether the person who caused the accident had a duty to operate his vehicle in a manner that would not cause injury to another person;
  • The person who caused the accident breached that duty.  (He breached the duty if he failed to use reasonable care in the operation of his vehicle); and
  • The person who owed and breached his duty resulted in an accident, which caused your injuries.

While driving, a person is expected to take reasonable care under the circumstances to protect the safety of himself and others to the best of his ability.  Reasonable care is specific to the facts and circumstances of that situation. A driver will be deemed to not have used reasonable care if a person of ordinary skill and judgment under similar circumstances would have acted differently.

Despite laws across the country and in Maryland restricting mobile phone use while driving, mobile phones are still a common contributing factor to car accidents.  A driver who causes an accident while distracted by his mobile phone has a greater likelihood of being deemed negligent if he caused injury to another person by failing to operate his vehicle safely. 

If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident and you believe the other driver was at fault, take steps as soon as possible after the accident to protect your rights by contacting an experienced personal injury attorney.     

Monty Yolles, founder of THE YOLLES LEGAL GROUP, is an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you navigate the nuances of the Maryland legal system. Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to monty@yolleslaw.com.

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