Washington, D.C., Virginia & Maryland Car Accident Lawyers
Hundreds of Millions Recovered for Our Clients
Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. In one moment everything can change as you and your passengers may suffer serious personal injury. Beyond injury, the damage to your vehicle and the expenses from medical and rehabilitation needs can place a tremendous financial burden on you and your family.
When the accident is caused by a negligent driver you need the support of experienced auto accident lawyers to hold the responsible party liable and fight for the compensation that you deserve. At Portner & Shure, we focus on finding answers to the difficult questions facing our clients after a car accident.
Our attorneys will handle all interactions with the insurance company so you can focus on your recovery. We believe justice is the right of every person and our support staff includes paralegals fluent in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
Types of Auto Accident Cases
There are many ways in which a car accident can occur. And while you may practice safe driving and follow the rules of the road, there's no guarantee that you'll be safe from a negligent driver. Whether on a highway or driving through town, the risk of an accident is unfortunately always there.
Our attorneys provide strong representation to the victims of car accidents who were hurt in:
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end accidents
- T-bone accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Construction zone accidents
- Red light and stop sign accidents
- Fatal car accidents
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Just as there are many ways a car accident can occur, there are many ways in which auto accidents can be caused. In our modern world, lives are busier and distractions become more abundant. It's every driver's duty to stay focused on the road but unfortunately, negligence behind the wheel occurs often.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while impaired
- Driving recklessly
- Having a defective vehicle
What Are PIP Benefits?
In Maryland, it is mandatory for all drivers to carry car insurance by a state-recognized provider. In order to protect yourself and others, it is required that your policy covers a minimum of 15K for property damage, 30K for bodily injuries, and at least 60K for the coverage of two or more individuals. While one is forming an insurance plan, Maryland offers something called PIP, this stands for personal injury protection. Now, what exactly does PIP do? Personal injury protection covers medical bills for any injuries you may have obtained during an accident.
Coverage includes other expenses you’ve had to endure in wake of your injuries and wages that have been lost. There are benefits to having PIP for such a low cost. The policy plan has also been referred to as “no-fault insurance”, meaning it does not matter who caused the accident, in order to receive compensation. Additionally, PIP holders have the potential to recover twice for their damages.
In cases where the other driver is at fault, you are able to recover wages and medical expenses from both their insurance company, along with your own insurance carrier. Since Maryland follows a "contributory negligence" rule you are only eligible to recover compensation if you are not at fault for the accident that led to your injuries.
What Damages are recoverable?
There are three main types of damages available in a personal injury case, economic, non-economic, and punitive. Economic damages compensate for quantifiable losses such as medical bills and expenses and missed days at work due to your injury. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, compensate for more abstract losses such as pain and suffering.
The state of Maryland caps, or limits, the amount of non-economic damages that can be recovered in any personal injury claim. Punitive damages are meant to punish the negligent party as opposed to compensating for a specific loss, as such they are not often awarded.
Put Decades of Experience in Your Corner
If a negligent driver caused an accident because of any of the above reasons, we can pursue compensation for your injuries. Our car accident lawyers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. have decades of experience fighting for the rights of our clients and while we're able to obtain settlements in the majority of our cases, we're not afraid of going to court for you.
6 STEPS TO TAKE
AFTER AN ACCIDENT
CHECK YOURSELF AND
OTHERS FOR INJURIES
It's essential to get any injuries
caused by the auto accident
You need to dial 911 after
most auto accidents,
aside from minor
GET YOUR VEHICLE
TO A SAFE PLACE
Turn on your hazard lights
and move your vehicle to
a safe place away from
the fast-moving vehicles.
THE OTHER DRIVER &
While you wait for the
police to arrive, start
with the driver of the
BE CAREFUL WHEN
When the police arrive
and begin asking you
questions about the
circumstances that led to
the accident, be careful
only to say the facts.
FILE YOUR CLAIM &
Once you've been treated for
your injuries and filed the police
report, contact your insurance
company to let them know the
details of the auto accident.
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When you hire Portner & Shure, you can expect more from your representation. In addition to getting an attorney, you will get a committed advocates you has your best interests at heart.