Motor Vehicle Accidents: Answers To Commonly Asked Questions
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, you probably have more questions than answers. At Wampler & Souder, our car accident attorneys work hard to provide the information you need after a serious injury. For decades, we have helped crash victims recover compensation after accidents in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. When your health and financial well-being are on the line, trust that Wampler & Souder is ready to help.
Below we provide some information about motor vehicle accident claims. If you have any additional questions, call us at 301-732-7675 to schedule a free initial case consultation. You can also contact our team online. We have offices in Frederick, Silver Spring and Upper Marlboro.
What should I do after a car crash?
Take the following steps after a car crash to protect your health and potential personal injury claim.
- Seek emergency medical care if necessary.
- Call the police and ask for a copy of the police report.
- Write down the name, contact and insurance information of all parties involved in the crash.
- Ask witnesses for their names and contact information.
- Take photos of the scene of the accident, all property damage and visible injuries.
- Visit your medical provider for a thorough examination if you did not already receive emergency medical care.
- Contact Wampler & Souder, LLC’s personal injury attorneys to discuss your accident before speaking with your insurance provider. Call 301-732-7675.
How does fault impact my car accident claim in Maryland or Virginia?
Maryland and Virginia follow a contributory negligence system to determine whether either party is eligible for damages after a car accident. Under this system, you cannot recover damages if you are partially at fault for the crash. This is harsher than many states that still offer partial compensation if your actions contributed to the crash.
What are the signs that I may have suffered a brain injury in a car accident?
You may not know that you have a traumatic brain injury for days or even weeks after your car accident. Symptoms vary depending upon the severity and nature of your injury, but they can include any of the following:
- Loss of consciousness
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Ringing in your ears
- Blurred vision
- Changes in mood
- Difficulty remembering information
If you experience any of the above symptoms, immediately seek medical attention. Traumatic brain injuries are serious and can have a lasting impact on your health.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim after my accident in Maryland?
You typically have three years to file a personal injury claim in Maryland from the time of the accident. If you fail to file your claim before the statute of limitation expires, you may forfeit your ability to pursue compensation.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim after a Virginia car accident?
In Virginia, you typically have two years to file a personal injury claim from the date of the car accident. Families also have two years to file a wrongful death claim if they lose a loved one in an accident.
Who is liable for damages after a truck accident?
Depending upon the facts of your truck accident, either the truck driver or the truck company may be liable. If the driver’s negligent actions caused the crash, they may be liable for damages. If the truck company’s negligent actions or processes led to the collision – such as failing to maintain the truck’s brakes – the truck company may be sued.
Truck accident claims tend to be more complex than standard car accident claims. We recommend reaching out to Wampler & Souder immediately after your accident so we can evaluate all the facts and evidence behind your claim and establish fault early on.
How do I know if I was offered a fair settlement after a car accident?
Do not accept a settlement offer from your insurance company until you have spoken with a personal injury attorney. It is impossible to say whether you were offered a fair settlement without first carefully evaluating the facts of your case.
The attorneys at Wampler & Souder can evaluate the extent of your injuries, medical bills, ongoing medical care, your lost wages, and pain and suffering to advise whether you should accept the offer.