Car Accident Attorney
Being involved in a car accident can be terrifying, and in many circumstances, painful. In the blink of an eye, your entire world or that of your loved one has completely changed.
Now you may be facing insurance claims, medical bills, and potentially a permanent injury.
Why You Need a Bethesda Car Accident Attorney
A highly skilled car accident lawyer can help you navigate the legal and medical waters while you focus on your recovery. Contact an injury lawyer from Malloy Law Offices, LLC as soon as possible after your accident to discuss next steps and the best way to proceed with your case, especially if you are injured at the hands of a negligent or distracted driver.
Why Choose Malloy Law Offices, LLC?
At Malloy Law Offices, LLC, our team of trial lawyers focuses on cases of serious injury or wrongful death. Our scope of practice and experience has led to a reputation for excellence for our legal work in car accident cases.
- We represent the injured on a contingency fee basis. There is never a fee unless we win.
- With 15 years of professional experience, we are very familiar with complex car accident cases involving serious injuries or loss of life.
- If you have suffered serious injuries due to negligent driving conduct, we believe you deserve to recover the maximum possible compensation.
- At Malloy Law Offices, LLC, our committed personal injury attorneys, and staff strive to make a difference in our clients’ lives through excellent personalized service, a high level of legal knowledge regarding litigating serious injuries, and the hard work resolving such a case requires.
Types of Car Accident Cases
Car accidents can happen in many ways. Among them are rear-end collisions, distracted driving, drunk driving, failure to yield, and side-impact collisions. Below is a sample of other ways someone can be involved in a car accident.
- Head-on collisions: A head-on collision often leads to very serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries, even if the impact occurs at slower speeds. The two moving vehicles slamming into each other crushes the front of the car, often leading to head and brain injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, disfiguring injuries or loss of life.
- T-Bone collision: A side impact, broadside, or “T-bone” collision, when great force is involved, will crush the side of the vehicle into the driver or passenger. The crushed window and door often lead to brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, disfiguring, or fatal injuries. T-bone accidents are often the result of a negligent driver who fails to yield or are driving faster than the law allows, drunk, or distracted.
- Rollover collision: A rollover collision may occur when another driver forces your vehicle to strike something, halting the forward motion and creating forces that lead to a rollover. In some cases, faulty vehicle design may have contributed to the rollover. The injuries sustained are often very serious, catastrophic, or fatal.
- Multiple car accidents: A multiple vehicle accident, such as a highway pileup in bad weather conditions, may leave many people suffering serious or deadly injuries. The legal issues in such a case are more complex to resolve, as more than one driver may be at fault.
- Truck accidents: A commercial truck, carrying cargo, can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. The truck driver may be tired, impaired, or driving too fast for road conditions, leading to a sideswipe, rollover, jackknife, or front or rear collision. The truck driver is far less likely to be injured than the passenger car occupants, who may be instantly killed, or permanently disabled after the impact.
- Motorcycle accident: Motorcyclists are at very high risk of serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries when sharing the road with a negligent vehicle operator. An impact with a motorcycle is often the result of another driver failing to observe the motorcyclist, whether in an adjoining lane or stopped ahead.
- Pedestrian accident: In the DMV, there are frightening numbers of pedestrians injured or killed by negligent drivers who fail to notice a pedestrian, speed, drive drunk or drug impaired, drive aggressively, or are distracted by cellphone use or texting. A pedestrian struck by a moving vehicle is often thrown upwards, landing on the roadway, or run over by a vehicle that is unable to stop, with devastating consequences.
- Bicycle accidents: Cycling to work, school, or for recreation is increasing in popularity. Fatal bicycle accidents are reaching staggering numbers, even with the new, dedicated bike lanes being established. A bicyclist hit by a moving vehicle is virtually unprotected and may suffer serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. About one in five bicycle accidents are the result of distracted driving.
- Bus accidents: A passenger bus, whether a city bus, school bus, private tour bus, or other, when involved in a collision may injure bus passengers, other vehicle occupants, bike riders, or pedestrians. Each type of bus affects the legal approach to pursuing compensation, with buses operated by a governmental agency having a shorter period in which to file a claim.
- Uber and Lyft accidents: Uber and Lyft have made getting around less of a problem, with thousands of people choosing this method of transportation above train, bus, or taxi. But what do you do if you are injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft car? Get legal help immediately to sort out such a case, as they are more complex to resolve.
If you have been involved in any of these kinds of accidents, consider working with an experienced car accident lawyer. It will help you determine the next steps in proceeding with your case, especially if you wish to file a lawsuit. They will be able to speak with you at length on issues such as determining liability, damages, compensation, and more.
What to Do Immediately After a Car Accident
When someone has just been in a car accident, it can be very difficult to know which steps to take next. Emotions are running high, there may be possible injuries to contend with, and the suddenness may be too rattling.
The very first step someone should take is to go to the hospital or to their primary care physician to make sure there aren’t any injuries that are not immediately apparent.
The next step is to receive all possible documentation, photograph the scene of the accident as much as possible, and obtain an official police report. It may even be helpful to keep a log of events, including time and location of the accident, who they spoke with, insurance and vehicle records, medical records, and any subsequent doctor or physical therapy visits.
The third step would be to contact a highly experienced car accident lawyer. Once they have scheduled their initial consultation, the person should bring all of the documentation they have collected to their appointment with their lawyer. The attorney will then review the documents, listen to their client’s account of the accident, and create an action plan for reaching a settlement, or if necessary, going to court.
What are the best traits to look for when hiring a car accident attorney? Look for those professionals who are thoroughly familiar with personal injury law, the court system, judges, and defense attorneys. Someone who is highly knowledgeable of the local areas surrounding the site of the accident.
Common Injuries from Car Accidents
Some common injuries someone can sustain after a car accident include the following:
- Broken bones: Fractures bones are not uncommon in a car accident, whether arm, leg, knee, elbow, spine, neck, or skull. Some broken bones are very difficult to resolve, such as compound fractures, greenstick fractures, or when a bone has been crushed. Infections leading to the need for long-term treatment, permanent disabilities or amputation could occur.
- Whiplash: Not a minor injury, whiplash can damage the neck structure, including bone alignment, along with muscle tissues, with symptoms that make take many months, or longer, to resolve.
- Concussions: A concussion can be extremely dangerous to the health and wellbeing of the victim. Depending upon the degree of the concussion, Whether mild, moderate, or severe. A severe concussion involves unconsciousness, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and the potential for long-term consequences to physical and cognitive abilities.
- Traumatic brain injury: A traumatic brain injury is among the most dangerous and deadly types of car accident injuries, as a full recovery may not be possible. In the worst cases, a person may be left in a vegetative state, coma, or once consciousness returns they may suffer physical and cognitive damage, requiring many months of rehabilitation to attempt to restore the ability to walk, speak, or function.
- Burns: Burn injuries are among the most difficult to resolve. The skin and tissue may be seriously damaged. Burns are not only extremely painful, but the treatments are also hard to experience, including skin grafts, surgeries to remove damaged tissue, along with aggressive pain treatments during the efforts to restore motion and the most normal appearance possible.
- Spinal cord injuries: A spinal cord injury may leave the victim facing life ahead with permanent disabilities, whether quadriplegia (tetraplegia), paraplegia, or some degree of impairment in the ability to walk, and very serious consequences for overall health, ability to work and earn a living, and quality of life.
- Internal bleeding: The consequences of internal bleeding from the trauma inflicted in a car accident may be very difficult to resolve, depending upon the extent of the injuries. In the worst cases, the bleeding cannot be halted, leading to death, while in others, organ damage, brain damage, and an array of other life-threatening complications can occur.
- Organ and soft tissue damage: It is common for a car accident to lead to organ and soft tissue damage, disfigurement, or organ damage to heart, kidneys, brain, liver, or other vital organs with long-term or fatal consequences.
It is possible for an attorney working on a car accident case to seek damages for their client relating to these injuries. Damages for pain and suffering, loss of income (both present and future), and medical bills.
What does a car accident settlement cover? Are medical bills included in my settlement?
A car accident settlement, when appropriate to the degree of the injuries sustained, will cover the cost of all medical treatment, past, current, and future, along with compensation for the non-economic damages – the personal losses you have experienced due to the injuries, including pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, loss of consortium, and other personal and emotional impacts.
When To Settle And When To Pursue A Lawsuit
In some car accident cases involving serious or catastrophic injuries, the insurance company fails to offer a reasonable or fair settlement or attempts to claim that their client was not responsible. In these cases, it is imperative that a lawsuit is filed to seek justice and full compensation. This procedure must be managed by an experienced trial attorney. Not all personal injury lawyers in the DMV are competent or experienced trial lawyers, but at Malloy Law Offices, LLC, you will be represented by a team of skilled litigators who are not intimidated by teams of defense lawyers and have an extensive track record of success in court.
Benefits of Hiring a Bethesda Car Accident Lawyer
Have someone who will dedicate their time, expertise, and attention to securing you the compensation you deserve while you recover from your injuries. It is not only relieving, but a huge help in ensuring you do not lose out on damages owed to you after a serious car accident, especially if a negligent driver caused the injury.
An experienced car accident lawyer will be able to determine what strategies to use when reaching a settlement or when going to court, as well as understand how to navigate insurance company policies and handle the intricacies of personal injury law. Contact a car accident attorney today for representation with your car accident case.