Baltimore Auto Accident Attorneys
The negligent drivers who cause these car accidents and serious injuries are often represented by lawyers from an insurance company. Insurance company lawyers have one objective: to minimize the amount of compensation owed to the victims of car accidents. Fortunately for our clients, David M. Story, the Chair of the firm’s civil practice, is in their corner. Mr. Story previously worked for insurance defense firms. As a result of his experience working for the other side, Mr. Story has the advantage of knowing the insurance companies’ strategies with regard to car accident claims. By using this inside knowledge and experience, Mr. Story is better able to advance his clients’ interests by providing sound advice on whether to proceed to trial or achieve resolution of the matter through settlement negotiations.
The Baltimore car accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop take pride in obtaining the maximum possible recovery for our injured clients. From back, neck and shoulder strains to broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain damage, and other serious trauma, the Baltimore car accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop represent clients with all types of injuries arising out of car accidents. Therefore, if you’ve been injured in a car accident in Maryland, call the Baltimore car accident attorneys at Saller & Bishop to fight for your rights as a car accident victim.
Car Accident Victim “Checklist”
- Call the police — No matter how minor you think the car accident is, always call the police. The police can assist drivers with exchanging insurance and contact information at the scene and will prepare an incident report if the car accident resulted in injuries or vehicles being towed from the scene.
- Call 911 to report any injuries — If you or someone involved in the car accident is injured, call 911 immediately or get to the closest local hospital emergency room as soon as possible.
- Do NOT leave the scene of the accident — Once police have been called, it is important to remain on the car accident scene and wait until police arrive.
- Do NOT discuss who is at fault — It is never a good idea to discuss who is at fault at the car accident scene. Anything you say to the other drivers could be used against you later by both the insurance companies and in court.
- Take photographs of the cars, scene and positions of the vehicles — Photographs of your vehicle, the scene, and all other vehicles involved in the car accident can be valuable information, especially if there are differing versions regarding how the car accident occurred.
- Obtain contact information for ALL eyewitnesses and passengers — The Baltimore car accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop cannot stress enough the importance of obtaining contact information, including names, addresses and phone numbers for all eyewitnesses and passengers involved in a car accident. When different versions of how the car accident occurred are given by those involved in the car accident, the success or failure of claims arising out of the car accident often hinges on whether there is an independent eyewitness who can support your version of events. That is why you must always attempt to locate any eyewitnesses who may have seen the car accident take place.
- Go to a hospital if you are injured or in pain — Even if you don’t think you were seriously hurt in the car accident, if you are in any pain following a car accident, it is still important that you get evaluated at a local hospital.
- Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician — If you went to the emergency room following the car accident, you were probably instructed to follow-up with your primary care doctor. Even if you were seen in the hospital, it is always a good idea to schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor following a car accident.
Fatal Car Accidents
Can I Sue The At-Fault Driver?
Under Maryland law, a death that occurs as the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person is a wrongful death. The surviving family members can seek compensation from the insurance company of the at-fault party.
You can recover compensation for both economic and noneconomic damages. Here are some examples of the types of damages covered by the wrongful death statute:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of parental guidance for a child
- Emotional grief
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of personal services
- Pain and suffering of the deceased person prior to death
- Hospital and funeral expenses
Who Can Recover Under A Wrongful Death Suit?
Maryland recognizes both primary and secondary beneficiaries who may recover compensation under a wrongful death suit.
Primary beneficiaries include the spouse, children or parents of the deceased person. If there are no surviving primary beneficiaries, secondary beneficiaries may recover. A secondary beneficiary is someone who was dependent upon the deceased and is related by blood or marriage.
Our lawyers will guide you through the legal steps required to file a wrongful death claim and recover compensation.
Baltimore Truck Accident Attorneys
Representing Truck Accident Victims
The Baltimore truck accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop know that a truck accident presents a much different set of issues and circumstances that need to be considered as compared to a car accident. There are both state and federal laws that regulate both the conduct and actions of the driver and the trucking company for whom he or she works. These regulations range from the number of hours a truck driver can spend on the road per week, the number and length of breaks that a truck driver must take for every eight hours he or she drives, the weight of the load the truck carries, and the required maintenance that must be performed. To ensure that a truck driver is complying with the regulations, he or she is required to keep an accurate and detailed logbook of the time he or she spends on the road.
In addition to the truck drivers, the tractor-trailers themselves are also highly regulated. There are many regulations that govern the use and maintenance of the tractor-trailers. The fact that the tractor-trailer that hit your car may not have been repaired in months could be a very important factor in your case. Moreover, most tractor-trailers contain on-board equipment that can also be of vital importance when the tractor-trailer is involved in an accident with another car or truck. Such equipment includes the “black box,” which can contain valuable information regarding speeds, distances and other important accident data that can help the truck accident lawyer and accident reconstruction expert determine how the truck accident occurred.
A tractor-trailer driven by a tired, fatigued and overworked truck driver can be deadly.
That’s why the Baltimore truck accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop know how important it is to turn over every stone as we vigorously pursue your case. The Baltimore truck accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop know exactly what it takes to represent truck accident victims. We know that the truck driver logs, maintenance and repair records, and on-board data recorders can be essential information when representing truck accident victims. The Baltimore truck accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop understand the important of working to ensure that these records and data are preserved and not destroyed by the truck driver or trucking company.
Fatal Truck Accidents
Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If your loved one was killed as the result of truck driver or trucking company negligence, you and your other family members have the right to recover compensation under Maryland’s wrongful death law. Examples of negligence include:
- Violations of hours-of-service laws that are designed to prevent driver fatigue
- Truck driver speeding
- Improper passing
- Overweight trucks
- Unsecured loads
- Unsafe driver maneuvers
- Unqualified drivers
- Improper maintenance
It is important to contact our attorneys as soon as possible after an accident so we can collect and preserve evidence that may be important in your case. For example, the driver logbook can show whether the driver took rest breaks as required under federal law. Food and fuel receipts can determine if the logbook is accurate. If the truck is equipped with a GPS unit, driver actions before the crash may be recorded. Without prompt investigation, evidence can be lost or destroyed.
Our lawyers work with experts such as accident reconstructionists who can help us piece together how the accident happened and uncover falsehoods in the truck driver’s version of events.
Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Often, It’s Not The Biker Who Was At Fault
There is a common and unfortunate misconception that motorcyclists are always the ones at fault in motor vehicle accidents. This is simply not true. Many motorcycle riders are careful and responsible on the road. Yet a drunk driver, a texting teen or another negligent party can create a nightmare for a motorcyclist and change his or her life forever.
At the law firm of Saller & Bishop, we are here to stand up for the rights of injured motorcyclists in Maryland. Our motorcycle accident lawyers represent bikers in Baltimore and throughout the surrounding areas who have suffered serious or catastrophic injuries. Such cases may involve:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury or paralysis
- Severe abrasions or “road rash”
- Broken bones
- Serious internal, soft-tissue injuries
- Burns and scars
Insurance Coverage Issues In Maryland
Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage does not apply in Maryland motorcycle accidents. Plus, many drivers do not carry enough other insurance coverage to pay for the extraordinary costs of a catastrophic injury. This means that the person who hit you often won’t be able to pay for all the damage he or she caused. In such cases, our law firm may be able to help you obtain the additional money you need from your own underinsured motorists policy.
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
What Really Caused The Motorcycle Crash?
Car drivers and their insurance companies often blame accidents on the biker. In police reports of fatal accidents, it’s common to read that the biker was speeding or driving recklessly. Often these statements are based on nothing more than the work of the person in the other vehicle.
Negligent drivers can tell many lies, but somewhere in the accident scene, the truth may be hidden. Our job is to find and preserve the truth before it is lost. The following types of evidence may help to determine what really happened:
- Skid marks: The length of a skid mark can determine what speed the bike was traveling before the brakes were applied. In many cases, there is nothing the biker could have done to avoid the accident.
- Witness statements: These statements must be recorded promptly before the insurance company of the other driver has an opportunity to influence their story.
- Vehicle damage: Vehicle damage can show where and how the impact occurred.
- Video cameras: Some intersections are equipped with red-light cameras that may provide a visual record of the accident.
The sooner you contact us after an accident, the sooner we can go to work for your family. Our lawyers will work with experts to establish liability for the accident and financial damages for your family.
To learn more about how the motorcycle crash lawyers of Saller & Bishop can help, call us at (410) 783-7945 or contact our attorneys to arrange a free initial consultation. We have 24/7 call answering and offer flexible appointment scheduling. Plus, we only charge contingency fees in these cases.