Car Accident

Salisbury Car Accident Attorneys

Protecting Accident Victims in Maryland

If you or a loved one were hurt or killed as a result of a car accident, you do not need to fight for justice alone. Hearne & Bailey, P.A., is available to provide assistance and support as you seek compensation for the pain, loss, and difficulty you have endured.

Car accidents kill thousands of people every year and injure countless others, and we understand the difficulty that comes in the days, weeks, and even years that follow. Our Salisbury car accident lawyers work to discover the true cause of the collision and help you get the just recompense you deserve.

When it comes to navigating the complex intricacies of the personal injury court system, it’s absolutely crucial to have experienced and knowledgeable counsel who can fight for you. We offer personalized, patient representation that’s as aggressive and methodical as you need. We customize our representation to you and your needs and keep you in charge while providing sound counsel that pursues your best interests.

There’s a reason why so many of our clients come back to us for all of their needs. In addition to handling a wide variety of different areas of law, we also provide timeless commitment to the best outcome for our clients. That’s why many of our clients are second and even third-generation clients!

What to Do Following a Car Accident

Getting in a car accident is a frightening and stressful experience, and it can be hard to think clearly in the immediate aftermath. However, what you do in the moments following an accident will greatly impact your legal recourse options and whether or not you are able to collect compensation for the injuries you sustain.

There are several things you should do immediately after getting in a traffic accident, and our experienced attorneys will discuss them here.

  • If possible, move your vehicle to a safe location where it won’t be in the way of traffic, such as off the road or on the shoulder.
  • Next, call 911 to report the incident and have emergency services sent to the where the accident occurred. If necessary, request an ambulance for immediate medical treatment.
  • If no ambulance arrives or one is not necessary, visit an emergency care center immediately after leaving and have your body examined. Care centers are often able to diagnose injuries you may not know about, and many of which don’t usually manifest fully until hours or even days later.
  • Emergency services will also send a police officer to take statements and file a report about your incident. The officer will collect evidence and then file a report of the accident, which will become a key piece of evidence that determines liability in your case.
  • Give as much detail as possible and be honest, however, do not go into detail about any injuries you may have. Instead, simply say that you aren’t sure of any injuries and you would like to be checked by a medical professional first. Be sure to get the reporting officer’s name, as you may need to contact them later on for details or a copy of the police report, especially if you decide to go to court.
  • Before leaving the scene of the accident, collect the contact and insurance information for everyone involved, including witnesses to the auto accident.

It’s important not to talk about the accident with anyone other than police, medical providers, and your lawyer. Giving a statement to your insurance provider or any other party’s insurance carrier before consulting a lawyer could greatly damage your case.

Have you been injured in a car accident in Maryland's eastern shore? Call Hearne & Bailey, P.A. at (410) 618-0903 and request a free case evaluation today.

How Do I Know if I Have a Case?

If you have been injured in a car accident in any way and you are not the party at fault, you have a case. Here are a few questions that can help you make this determination for yourself:

  • What caused the accident? If your accident was caused by a distracted driver, drunk driver, or driver who was negligent in their responsibility, you should file a car accident suit.
  • What is the extent of the damages? In general, greater damages sustained in an accident means a higher settlement amount. Settlement also depends on the amount of losses you sustained and how effectively you can verify them. As mentioned above, damages can refer to both past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  • How quickly did you act after the accident? If you are considering making a claim, you should act as soon as possible. Car accidents must be filed within a certain period of time following an accident, and the longer you wait, the harder it will be to verify your claims and effectively pursue your means of legal recourse.

These are just a few reasons why you should speak with the pros from Hearne & Bailey, P.A. When you’ve been injured, our team may be able to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Our goal is to not only provide you with the counsel you deserve, but to help you adapt to life after your accident as well.

Contact us today to schedule a free personal injury consultation!

Filing a Claim After an Accident

If you have been injured as a result of an accident, there’s a strong chance you’ll be filing an insurance claim. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you’ll be filing this either with the other driver’s insurance company, or with your own.

In either case, the insurance company has a strong incentive to try and downplay your case, reducing or eliminating their financial responsibility as much as possible. This is why it’s critical to have legal counsel on your side that can help you protect your rights.

In some cases, insurance companies will usually agree to settle your claim. This may seem like the easiest way out, but this is not always the best option. In fact, many insurance companies often make extremely low settlement offers the first time around in hopes that you’ll accept it without thinking or doing a lot of research.

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How Is a Settlement Amount Determined?

Settlements are based on the total cost of all relevant expenses the victim in an accident incurs.

These expenses can include:

  • Cost of medical treatment
  • Wages lost for time taken off work due to injuries,
  • Lost earning ability
  • Damage done to the vehicle
  • Other property damage, if applicable

However, most settlements in car accident cases do not cover this value entirely. The at-fault driver may not have insurance at all, or they may not have enough insurance to offer a sufficient settlement. Their insurance company may also not offer a settlement of an appropriate value.

Whatever the case, hiring an attorney is the best way to ensure you receive the fairest treatment from the insurance company for your accident.

In some cases, an attorney may advise you to negotiate a settlement without taking your claim to court. In other cases, they may counsel you to file a lawsuit. You are not obligated to accept a settlement that is not to your benefit.

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