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Baltimore Car Accident Lawyer

After a car accident in Maryland, Murphy, Falcon & Murphy is the Baltimore law firm to call. Our auto accident lawyers are aggressive, skilled and passionate about justice. Our record of success is unparalleled. In fact, we’ve secured hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients. At our firm, we develop hard-hitting strategies to get the best possible results in each and every case.

If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident or other motor-vehicle crash in Baltimore or surrounding areas of Maryland, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident attorneys. Maryland has statute of limitation on submitting a personal injury claim after an accident. If you wait too long, you may lose your opportunity to pursue a case.

Why You Need an Attorney After an Accident

In just a few seconds, a car accident can change your life. A serious injury can result in temporary disability or permanent damage such as paralysis or brain damage, leading to significant hospital bills, medical leave from work, and a lifetime of medical care and physical therapy. When the stakes are this high, you need attorneys with experience, smart approaches, and a successful history of complex litigation to represent you. Otherwise, an insurance company could take advantage of you and offer much less than your case is worth – or nothing at all.

In Maryland, there are many specific car accident laws and procedures you must follow on the journey toward financial recovery. One of our Baltimore car accident lawyers can walk you through the legal processes and help you every step of the way. We can take over settlement negotiations with insurers, help you know which doctors to see, and file personal injury claims against one or more negligent parties who are responsible for your crash. From start to finish, we’ll take care of your case as if it were a personal matter. We truly care about our clients as people and are as skilled as attorneys come. To maximize the results of your claim, retain an attorney.

Most Common Car Accident Injuries in Baltimore

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the country. Around the nation, millions of people suffer injuries in car crashes each year. In the last five years in Maryland, there has been an average of 101,797 crashes per year – 31,092 causing injuries and 455 ending in death annually. In our decades of experience representing car accident clients, we’ve handled cases involving all types of injuries, from minor to fatal. While each crash is unique, there are certain injuries that arise more commonly than others, such as:

  • Broken bones. Bone fractures are painful injuries that generally don’t cause permanent damage, although they can require weeks to months off from work to heal. Car accidents can cause broken bones when the body slams into the steering column, windshield, or even safety features such as seatbelts and airbags.
  • Burns, scrapes, and lacerations. Events in a car accident can result in injuries such as cuts and lacerations from broken glass or jagged pieces of metal, scrapes from road rash, or burns from car fires. These injuries can be traumatizing and leave permanent scarring or disfigurement.
  • Whiplash. “Whiplash” refers to a type of soft-tissue neck injury in which the forces of the collision stretch the neck or upper back’s ligaments and muscles. Whiplash is painful and can take months to fully heal. Even minor accidents such as low-speed rear-end collisions can result in whiplash, from the head and neck whipping back and forth too quickly.
  • Head and brain injuries. Some of the more traumatic injuries possible in car accidents involve the head and brain. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) from striking the head against an object can result in temporary to permanent cognitive and motor function problems. TBIs are unpredictable, and no two are alike. They are all serious, however, and deserve legal representation in a car accident claim.
  • Spinal cord injuries. If the spinal cord sustains injury in a car crash, the effects can be permanent. Spine injuries can result in lifelong paralysis, or loss of sensation and function, in certain limbs or below the point of injury. There is no cure for spine injuries, although survivors might be able to improve through years of rehabilitation.

No matter what type of injuries you recently suffered in a Baltimore car accident, come to Murphy, Falcon & Murphy for a free consultation. We’ll investigate your crash, collect evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. The more serious your injuries, the more you need an attorney to fight for you. Our firm knows exactly which actions to take to secure the maximum compensation for clients injured in Baltimore auto accidents.

Maryland Car Accident Laws

Each state abides by unique car accident laws and statutes. During your journey toward financial compensation after a crash, you must obey these rules to secure a settlement or verdict. The team at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy is here to walk you through the laws in Maryland and Baltimore whenever you need us. In the meantime, here are three of the most important car accident laws to know:

  1. Deadline for filing a claim. In Maryland, you have three years from the date of your car accident or discovery of injuries to bring a personal injury claim. The same is true for property-damage only car accident claims. Don’t miss your deadline – this will almost always result in the courts dismissing your case.
  2. Fault system for car accidents. Maryland is a “fault” car accident state, meaning that victims must prove someone else’s fault to be eligible for financial recovery. Due to the state’s contributory negligence laws, victims found even partially at fault for a crash lose their right to recovery. This is why it’s important to hire an auto accident lawyer to protect your rights.
  3. Damages available. The Maryland courts allow car accident victims to seek recovery for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages can include medical bills, lost wages, and property damage costs. Non-economic damages can refer to physical pain, emotional suffering, lost quality of life, and loss of consortium.

There are dozens of federal, state, and local laws that could play a role in your specific car accident claim. Product liability laws, premises liability laws, and negligence laws could all be relevant. Murphy, Falcon & Murphy has the legal resources of a large firm, while offering the personal touch of a boutique law office. We have the information, facts, and legal expertise you need to optimize your odds of a larger settlement or judgment award.

Baltimore Vehicle Insurance Requirements

Maryland law makes it mandatory for all drivers in the state to carry at least minimum amounts of liability insurance at all times. This insurance will cover victims’ damages in the event of an at-fault accident. The minimum requirements from the state are at least $30,000 in bodily injury per person, $60,000 per accident, and $15,000 for property damage. Drivers must also have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Drivers can elect to purchase more than the minimum amounts, if desired.

Baltimore 2016 Car Accident Facts

At Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, you’re more than just a statistic. Whether your accident occurred on a rural road or one of Baltimore’s busiest intersections, we treat your case with personalized care and attention. We will return to the scene of the accident if necessary and hire expert witnesses to investigate the crash site and testify on your behalf. We can collect any important evidence, such as information that could help prove the other driver’s fault, a dangerous roadway, malfunctioning traffic signal, defective auto part, and/or the city of Baltimore’s shared fault for the accident. Below are a few interesting facts about the types of accidents that occur within Baltimore and the state of Maryland.

  • In 2016, there were 20,561 car accidents recorded in Baltimore County. This was a five-year high, up from 18,823 crashes the previous year.
  • The greatest number of vehicle accidents statewide occur on Maryland Routes.
  • Some of the most dangerous places in Baltimore in terms of vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents are intersections
  • The junction between Gwynns Falls Parkway and Reisterstown Rd is one of the most dangerous in the state of Maryland; seeing over triple-dozen in just one year.

What to Do After a Car Accident

  1. Check on your injuries, the well-being of the passengers, and get to a safe place either a sidewalk or the road side, quickly. You can pull the car to the side to prevent more risks to other road users. However, leave the car where it is if you cannot drive.
  2. If you suffer serious injuries, do not try any body movements but allow the emergency rescue personnel to move you to the hospital.
  3. Avoid any discussion on the fault or talking about the accident facts with the motorist.
  4. Call the emergency line 911, or request another person, even a bystander, to contact 911. Inform the police about the incident whether the crash is minor or a major collision. The law enforcement officer will document the accident scene and file a report.
  5. Ensure that you get the personal information of any accident scene witness and the insurance company of the at-fault driver. The information includes the name of the motorist, contact information, driver’s license, and license plate number. Record the type, model, and color of the vehicle as well as the accident location.
  6. Document the accident. This includes identifying the police officers, getting a copy of the police report, and taking pictures or video recordings of the damages and injuries.
  7. Notify the insurer of the accident and reach out to an auto accident lawyer to help you deal with the process. This can help protect you from being taken advantage of by the insurance company.

Contact Us

When there is a high-stakes car accident case in Baltimore, our firm is almost always involved. Murphy, Falcon & Murphy has a legacy of fighting for justice that spans back more than 70 years. To the people of Baltimore, the name “Murphy” is synonymous with exceptional legal representation. We’re a firm you can trust to fight long and hard for outstanding results. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you’ll only pay our fees if we win you financial compensation.

If you’ve suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a Baltimore car accident, we are the firm to retain. Whether you believe you have a simple, straightforward insurance claim or are dealing with a complex and high-value case, we can help. When results matter, we’re the firm clients count on for tenacious representation. We want to help you and your family get the compensation you deserve. Call (410) 951-8744 or complete our online form to schedule a free car accident consultation in Baltimore today.