Accidents happen every day. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the reality every time we get behind the wheel. You may have heard about this accident that took place earlier in November–it involved two vehicles that collided on Old Columbia Pike near Ruxton Road in Montgomery County. Unfortunately, one of the drivers died at a local hospital while that driver’s passenger sustained serious injuries and required hospitalization. The driver of the other vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
This accident serves as another sobering reminder of how dangerous driving can be and what the ramifications are after the accident.
Whose Fault Was It?
At the time we published this blog, investigations were still ongoing for this particular accident. But once it’s determined who was at-fault, things may get extremely complicated for the negligent party. How is it determined who’s at fault? Police investigations will take into consideration many factors:
- Accident scene documents and photos
- Eyewitness accounts, if any
- Red light and/or satellite camera footage
- Police reports, including accident forensics and analysis
- Medical records
- Cell phone records to determine whether a driver was distracted (talking or texting) at the time of the accident
The outcome of the investigation will have a major impact on what comes next. If found criminally negligent, a driver could face serious criminal charges that could result in significant fines and/or time in prison, not to mention the loss of a driver’s license.
Even if no criminal charges are filed, the liable driver is still facing a significant increase in his or her auto insurance premium, especially if their insurance company is required to pay for repairs, medical bills, and other expenses. And finally, the amount of settlement received by the not-at-fault victim will be dependent upon what the investigation reveals about the at-fault driver during the accident.
What to Do If You’re the Victim of a Car Accident
The most important thing you can do is seek medical attention, whether at the accident scene or shortly after that. Your personal health and well-being are of far greater importance than anything else. That said, your diagnosis and medical records may go a long way in helping determine what type of settlement you might receive. After you’ve been examined and treated, call the Montgomery County Car Accident Lawyers at The Lapidus Law Firm. Trust us when we tell you that you’ll want an experienced car accident attorney to guide you through the process. Without a skilled lawyer on your side, you could be taken advantage of by the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Lowball settlement offers are far too common for those who don’t have legal representation.
What Will a Car Accident Attorney Do for Me?
An attorney will handle all the legalities for you. We want you to focus on your recovery or the recovery of your loved one, so our lawyers will conduct conversations with law enforcement, doctors, insurance companies, and other attorneys to determine who was at fault.
Suppose it is determined that the other party is negligent. In that case, we will work relentlessly on your behalf to try and secure you a fair, reasonable settlement to help take care of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Montgomery County Car Accident Lawyer
Call the experienced Montgomery County car accident lawyers at The Lapidus Law Firm today at (301) 852-7500. We’ll start with a free, no-obligation consultation to go over the details of your case- and there are no fees consultation whatsoever. If we think you have a solid case, we’ll get to work right away for you and your family. Call us today, so we can get started on making justice work for you.