Maryland follows the contributory negligence theory regarding liability
in accidents. That means that if you are even 1% at fault, you cannot
recover any money for damages you sustained. This is one of the reasons
it is important to do your best to avoid any collision in the first place.
Some collisions cann ot be avoided, but being a defensive driver can keep
the at-fault party from trying to pin any liability on you as a way to
get out of paying your damages.
Be Mindful of Your Blind Spots
Be sure your rear view and side view mirrors are well-adjusted to account
for potential blind spots. However, do not rely solely on your mirrors
before making a lane change. Turn to look in the path you plan to travel,
as it keeps you from missing something that was not visible in your mirrors.
In addition, try to keep out of other drivers’ blind spots. Big
trucks are especially prone to large blind spots, so do not travel where
a truck driver can not see you.
Make Sure Your Vehicle is Safe and Well-Maintained
Newer vehicles have a host of advanced safety features built into them.
However, a brand-new vehicle means nothing if it is not properly maintained.
Get regular maintenance and do checks of your tire pressure, oil levels,
etc. Ensure your engine is running smooth, as well. Driving a vehicle
that is not well-maintained can result in your vehicle breaking down,
which could contribute to an accident.
Ensure You are in a Good Condition to Drive
Vehicle maintenance is important, but so is ensuring you are able to drive.
This not only refers to not drinking and driving or driving while fatigued,
but your overall health plays an important role, too. Make sure you get
your eyes and ears checked regularly. If you are on medications, ask about
any potential impact to your ability to drive. If your medication has
a potential to cause drowsiness, ensure you are getting extra sleep before
getting behind the wheel.
Watch for in-Car Distractions
In-vehicle distractions extend beyond the risk of texting or talking on
the phone and driving. With all the new electronic advances, your vehicle
can become a distraction in itself. Before you start to drive, take the
time to set the GPS and ensure your phone is connected to the speakers
via Bluetooth in case you receive a call. If you have kids, make sure
they are settled in and entertained to keep you from being further distracted.
Unavoidable things can happen, including disagreements with other passengers
while on the road. Consider pulling off the road to resolve the matter,
or if you had an argument earlier, wait until you are calmer before getting
behind the wheel again.
Retaining a Maryland Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in a collision that was not your fault and you
sustained injuries or physical damage to your vehicle, you need to speak
to a skilled
Maryland car accident attorney right away. With insurance companies looking to place even 1%
of liability on you, you need someone who will protect your rights and
fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Robert
R. Castro at 301-870-1200 to schedule a complimentary consultation.