WHY HIRE A WALDORF CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?
There are nearly 6 million car accidents in the United States each and every year and over 3 million resulting in injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or if you lost a loved one, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation to cover your loses. Each Waldorf car accident attorney at our firm is are to help you. At The Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles, P.A, clients often come to us with many questions and concerns about their medical care, lost wages and vehicle repairs. Each Waldorf car accident attorney from our firm fights for auto accident victims so they can recover full monetary compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, damages and vehicle repair.
WHY CHOOSE THE LAW OFFICE OF THOMAS E. PYLES, P.A. FOR YOUR WALDORF CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY ?
Our firm brings over 35 years of real trial experience. We combine this experience with a uniquely personalized approach to personal injury litigation. Attorney Thomas E. Pyles has a reputation for being approachable and affable with our clients but relentless against opposing counsel when fighting for our client’s compensation.
Our law firm has the fear and respect of many defense firms and insurance adjusters. We fight them all and win. They know that they have a stark choice when facing our firm. They can either pay up or we go to trial.
Insurance companies know who we are and they know that we have the financial resources to take them on. Our big firm results and small firm service means that we are not your average, run of the mill personal injury law firm. Files do not just sit in our corner. They get worked up by our highly professional staff. They also know about our successful trial history against them.
WE CAN HELP YOU RECOVER IN YOUR MOTOR VEHICLE CLAIM
Hiring the right Waldorf car accident attorney is absolutely critical for making a successful recovery in your case, whether you have to try it or whether your case settles. Our firm has a remarkable history of settling and trying to verdict motor vehicle accident cases. Attorney Thomas E. Pyles has handled over 200 jury trials and has thousands of district court trials which he has successfully litigated. Mr. Pyles has secured some of the largest verdicts against State Farm in State Farm’s Maryland history. Many of our clients come from client referrals or are prior clients. Additionally, we receive referrals from other attorneys who transfer their cases to Mr. Pyles so that he may litigate them. That, in and of itself, speaks volumes of the trial experience and skills that Mr. Pyles has.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a car accident, contact us today at 301-705-5006.
COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN MARYLAND
According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, there are an average of just over 100,000 car accidents in Maryland every year, making car accidents one of the leading sources of injury and death statewide. The exact causes of all of these accidents would be too numerous to list here, but there are several patterns that show up again and again. Some of the most common reasons why cars get into accidents include:
- Speeding: Virtually all drivers exceed speed limits now and then but doing so poses significant risks. The faster a car is moving, the less time the driver has to react to changes in the surrounding environment. Roads are also designed to be driven safely only within a certain range of speeds and exceeding those speeds can increase the chances of an accident.
- Distracted driving: Any activity that takes a driver’s eyes off the road can significantly increase the chances of an accident. This includes texting, eating, applying makeup, talking on the phone, adjusting audio and climate controls, admiring the scenery, and having heated discussions with passengers, among many other behaviors.
- Reckless driving: Reckless driving occurs when a driver engages in intentionally aggressive and unsafe driving maneuvers, such as driving at excessive speeds, tailgating other drivers, cutting off other drivers, frequently or rapidly switching lanes, and running stop signs and lights. Conscious disregard for the rules of the road puts the driver and all others in his or her vicinity at risk.
- Driving under the influence: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs — even without causing an accident — is a crime in itself, but drunk drivers can also cause serious accidents. This is because alcohol reduces a driver’s reaction time, making it less likely that he or she will be able to avoid an accident before it is too late.
- Hazardous weather conditions: Driving is dangerous enough even in perfect weather, but rain, snow, sleet, ice, and wind can destabilize road conditions and increase the chances of accidents.
COMMON INJURIES FOR AUTO ACCIDENT VICTIMS
Car accident victims can suffer a wide range of different injuries, from mild to severe. Some are immediately apparent, while others may not manifest themselves for a few days following an accident. You may be entitled to compensation if you have suffered any of the following injuries as a result of a car accident:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- Injuries to internal organs
- Soft tissue injuries
- Nerve damage
- Internal bleeding
- Facial and dental injuries
- Skull fractures
In addition to these physical injuries, it is quite common for car accident victims to also suffer psychological and emotional trauma in the form of depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
It is important to emphasize that your injuries may not be immediately apparent. However, you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms in the days following your accident:
- Persistent pain or stiffness
- Loss of sensation or tingling in your extremities
- Persistent headaches
- Loss of fine motor control or range of motion
- Clouded thinking
- Sleep disturbances
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Blurred vision
- Memory loss
Any of these symptoms could be indicative of a severe injury. Unfortunately, too many people either fail to make the connection between their symptoms and their accident, or they assume the symptoms will go away on their own. By ignoring their symptoms, they are jeopardizing their ability to make a claim in the future should they need to.
Your injuries could result in temporary or short-term disabilities, leaving you unable to work, take care of your family, or simply engage in everyday life. If your injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence, a Waldorf car accident attorney can make sure you are fairly compensated for your losses.
DAMAGES AVAILABLE IN MARYLAND MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Damages in personal injury cases are designed to compensate the victim or, in other words, to make the victim “whole” to the greatest extent possible. The courts accomplish this through the award of both special compensatory damages and general compensatory damages.
Special damages are damages that compensate the victim for specific monetary losses he or she incurred as a result of an accident and are normally fairly simple to calculate. Examples of special damages include:
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future wages
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Property damage
General damages are intended to compensate the victim for the intangible losses that he or she suffered in an accident and their calculation is considerably less precise than that for special damages. A few common types of general damages are:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
OUR WALDORF CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY ANSWERS THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
Should I accept the insurance company’s settlement offer?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. However, you should understand that insurance companies try to settle claims as quickly as possible to limit the amount they pay out on claims. By accepting the settlement, you are waiving any additional claims you might have, even if your injuries are more serious than previously thought, and the settlement amount doesn’t cover all of your losses. Unless you are certain that the settlement will cover all of your losses, you should speak with a Waldorf car accident attorney before accepting it.
The other driver is saying that the car accident is my fault. How does this affect my claim?
Maryland is one of only a very small number of states that follows the “pure” contributory negligence rule. Under the law, you can be barred from recovering any compensation from a car accident if the other driver can prove that your own negligence contributed to the accident. If the other driver is saying that you are at least partially responsible for the car accident, you need to contact an accident attorney as soon as possible. They can challenge the other driver’s claim and protect your rights.
I declined medical treatment at the scene but saw a doctor a couple of days later once I started having pain. Can I still pursue a claim?
It is very common for car accident victims to suffer injuries that are not immediately apparent. Concussions, internal organ damage, whiplash, and nerve damage are examples of injuries that may not manifest themselves right away. Declining medical treatment at the scene should not jeopardize your ability to pursue a claim, provided that you get a thorough medical exam and follow your doctor’s orders.
There were no witnesses to the accident. Does this mean that my claim is simply my word against the other driver’s?
While neutral witnesses are undoubtedly helpful, they are not necessary to successfully pursue a claim. This is one of the ways that a Waldorf car accident attorney can help. They can use their extensive experience to recreate what happened. They also know what other evidence can help you make your claim and prove that the other driver is at fault.
Isn’t a Waldorf car accident attorney expensive?
While lawyers can be expensive, most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay any legal fees out-of-pocket. Instead, the attorney receives a percentage of the compensation they recover for you as their fee. You do not pay any legal fees if your case is unsuccessful.
Will I have to go to court?
Most car accident claims settle out of court and never go to trial. That said, sometimes the insurance companies refuse to settle claims, and litigation is the only option to get fair compensation. However, the choice is always yours as to whether or not you want to go to trial.
What is my claim worth?
The value of your claim will depend on the unique facts of your case, such as the extent of your injuries and the impact they will have on your daily life. That said, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Any medical expenses resulting from the accident
- Any lost income
- Any other economic losses
- Your pain and suffering
A Waldorf car accident attorney will probably be able to provide you with an estimate of the value of your claim at your first consultation.
Should I hire a lawyer even if I don’t want to go to court?
Lawyers can do much more than file lawsuits and conduct trials. An experienced law firm can help you handle the entire claim process from start to finish. This allows you to focus on your recovery without having to worry about returning phone calls, collecting documents, and making sure that your claim gets paid.
What should I do if I’ve been injured in a car accident?
The first thing you should do is to seek immediate medical attention if you haven’t already. You should follow the prescribed treatment, even if it means missing work or family functions. The next thing you need to do is to keep copies of your medical bills and records, as well as any other documentation reflecting your losses. If possible, you should document the accident as thoroughly as possible – record the date, time, and location that the accident occurred. Photographs of the scene of the accident and your injuries can be especially helpful. Finally, you should speak with a Waldorf car accident attorney – they can help you understand your options and provide you with invaluable guidance.
SPEAK TO A WALDORF CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY TODAY
Victims of car accidents that are a result of negligence deserve to be compensated for their injuries. To learn more about pursuing personal injury claims after a car accident, contact a Waldorf car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles by calling 301-705-5006