Personal Injury

Baltimore Auto Accident Attorneys

A car accident occurs every second of the day — that’s 86,400 car accidents per day. Every 14 seconds, someone is injured in a car accident. Every 13 minutes, someone is killed in a car accident. Unfortunately, these are the grim realities that we must accept as a society with so much reliance on motor vehicle travel.The Baltimore car accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop are dedicated to representing clients at all levels of the personal injury claim process. From reporting a claim to the at-fault driver’s insurance company to representing personal injury clients at trial, our Baltimore car accident lawyers know how to help our clients navigate both the insurance claims process and court system. In fact, the majority of our civil practice is dedicated to representing clients involved in car accidents in Baltimore.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”

Being involved in a car accident can be an incredibly stressful experience. If you have been involved in a car accident, there are several very important steps that you should take in order to ensure that your rights are being protected. To assist those involved in a car accident, the Baltimore car accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop have provided step-by-step instructions on what you should do if you have been involved in a car accident.

  • 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

The loss of a family member in a car accident can leave a family emotionally and financially devastated. At the law firm of Saller & Bishop in Baltimore, Maryland, our lawyers represent surviving family members. We offer a free initial consultation to help you explore your options under our civil justice system.

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

The Baltimore truck accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop know the incredible amount of harm and serious injuries that can arise out of being involved in an accident with tractor-trailers, big-rigs, 18-wheelers, semitrucks and other large commercial vehicles. A car accident with a tractor-trailer or other large truck can be devastating. Think about it — your car or light-duty truck weighs close to 5,000 pounds. Meanwhile, the tractor-trailer, depending on whether it is carrying a load, can weigh up to 80,000 pounds: 16 times the weight of your car or light-duty truck. Additionally, the 80,000-pound tractor-trailer, depending on road conditions and the load it’s carrying, requires 40 percent more time to stop than a car. When 40 tons of tractor-trailer collides with a 5,000-pound car because it can’t stop in time, the results can be devastating and often fatal.

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

Investigation of a fatal truck accident is a search for the truth. The state highway patrol typically bases its accident report on the statement of the truck driver and may do little to find out what really happened.At the law firm of Saller & Bishop in Baltimore, Maryland, our lawyers will pick up the investigation where the state highway patrol leaves off. We are relentless in our efforts to uncover truck driver or trucking company negligence. We offer a free initial consultation to help you explore your options under our civil justice system.

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

Motorcycle accidents often result in fatal injuries for the person on the bike. This means that the police typically hear only one version of how the accident happened: the version told by the survivor.At the law firm of Saller & Bishop in Baltimore, Maryland, our lawyers represent family members of fatal accident victims. When negligent drivers kill bikers, our goal is to hold them and their insurance companies accountable. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

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.