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Car Accident Lawyer in St. Mary’s County, MD: Do I Have a Good Personal Injury Claim?

If you have been injured in a car accident in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, you have the legal right to seek compensation. A “good” Maryland car accident claim or personal injury claim has several characteristics, including:

  • Solid evidence of wrongdoing or negligence by the at-fault party (or parties)
  • Identifiable injuries and property damage
  • Good documentation of damages, including medical reports, invoices, wage claims, etc.
  • Good non-documentary evidence like photos, video, reports from vehicle “black boxes,” etc.
  • Testimony from personable and credible witnesses
  • Little-to-no evidence that the victim was at fault, wholly or in part
  • High potential monetary recovery

Victims of Maryland auto accidents typically begin by filing insurance claims. Then, if insurance settlements are not reached or are insufficient to completely and fully compensate the victims, then victims can file personal injury lawsuits in the Maryland Circuit Courts. A Maryland car accident insurance claim or lawsuit seeks to adjudicate and resolve the legal dispute between the victims of an accident and the party (or parties) responsible for causing it. Persons or corporate entities that cause accidents are responsible for paying compensation. If you have been injured in a St. Mary’s County, MD, car accident, contact us here at the Law Office of Robert Castro. We are St. Mary’s County personal injury and car accident lawyers. We handle car accident claims and litigation for all the cities and communities of Southern Maryland. Our legal offices are in Waldorf, Maryland. Below is a more detailed discussion of when a Maryland car accident claim can be deemed “good.”

Admissible and reliable evidence

As noted, a “good” Maryland car accident case is one where the evidence is solid. For example, victims seek full and complete financial compensation for damages like medical bills, damage to property (like their vehicle), lost wages, and more. For all of these types of damages, it is crucial to have reliable and admissible documentation. Likewise, it is important to have other types of evidence like photos and video of injuries and property damage. It may even be possible to get a copy of data from the vehicle “black boxes” that might help prove that the other driver was responsible for causing the accident.

As for other types of damages that cannot be easily proven with documentation — such as damages for pain and suffering — it is essential to have believable, personable, and credible witnesses who can “present well” before a judge and jury.

Solid proof of liability

Another hallmark of a “good” Maryland auto accident case is solid proof of liability. Generally, Maryland car accidents are negligence claims. To prove negligence in Maryland, victims must prove the four elements of negligence. These are duty, breach, causation, and injury. The “duty” element is imposed by Maryland law and can be shown in several ways. First, every driver has a duty to be careful and every driver has a duty to obey traffic laws. In a “good” case, there is solid evidence that a duty was breached. This might be evidence showing a lack of care or a violation of traffic laws (such as speeding). The better the evidence of a breach of duty, the more likely there will be a finding of legal liability.

Contact Waldorf, MD Personal Injury Attorney Robert Castro Today

This article has been provided by the Law Office of Robert Castro. For more information or questions, contact our office to speak to an experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer at (301) 870-1200. We are Waldorf, MD, Personal Injury lawyers. Our address is 2670 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD 20601.