Maryland is a “fault” state for
car accidents, meaning that the driver or drivers responsible for causing a collision
are financially liable for the resulting damage. Due to these laws, proving
fault after a collision can be important to help clear your liability
and strengthen your claim for compensation. While fault may be obvious
in many circumstances, insurance companies often require a considerable
level of evidence of their insured driver’s fault before they will
even consider paying your claim. If you have been involved in a car accident,
the following tips can help you strengthen your argument and maximize
your chances of securing your entitled coverage.
Take photographs: If you have a camera available to you at the time of your collision,
take as many photographs of the damage as you can, including damage to
your vehicle, damage to the other vehicles, property damage, and skid
marks. Detailed photographs can be useful as a means of recreating an accident.
Examine police reports: While police may not always come to the scene of minor collisions, more
major crashes or accidents that involve substantial property damage or
injury will most likely be handled by law enforcement. If police show
up, they will create an accident report containing the facts of the accident
scene, their observations, and possible implications of fault. It is important
you request a copy of your collision’s accident report as it can
be one of the most important of pieces of evidence for your case. Information
about skid marks, the positioning of the vehicles, and whether or not
the officer issued any traffic tickets can be crucial.
Check local traffic laws: Another great way to support your argument is by consulting with your
area’s vehicle code. Often found in an easy-to-read “Rules
of the Road” brochure at your local DMV, these can help you identify
the exact laws that another driver may have violated and include them
in your claim.
“No Doubt” Liability: Certain types of collisions are almost always the fault of the other
driver, and insurance companies will rarely attempt to dispute the issue.
For example, if you were rear-ended, it is virtually never your fault,
as a basic rule of the road is to be able to safely stop if traffic is
stopped ahead. Likewise, left-turn accidents are almost always the fault
of the turning vehicle unless the car going straight was speeding or ran
through a red light.
Injured? Call William R. Hall Today
If you have been injured in a car accident you believe was not your fault,
it is important you consult with a
Salisbury personal injury lawyer to maximize your potential compensation. Having represented countless
injured clients during more than 20 years of dedicated legal practice,
I, Attorney William R. Hall, can ensure your rights are protected and
handle any disputes that should arise with your claim, allowing you to
focus on your recovery with peace of mind.
Call (410) 205-1684 or
schedule a no-cost case evaluation today to review your legal options.