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  • Preventable Auto Accidents in Maryland

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 5-Sep-2013

    Authored by Ira Sherman

    According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, traffic crashes – including car accidents – are the leading cause of death of people between the ages of 4 to 34. Each year in Maryland, auto accidents kill more people than homicides, with roughly 580 traffic fatalities per year. These statistics alone are incredibly troubling. When one also considers the fact that more than 90 percent of traffic crashes are preventable incidents, these tragedies become even more unfortunate.

    The simple fact is that most auto accidents on Maryland roadways are preventable. By law, all motorists are required to uphold a certain standard of care – a standard that obligates them to take reasonable measures to ensure that others on the road are kept free from preventable harm. When drivers fail to uphold this duty, they can be held financially liable for the damages injured victims suffer. A few common examples of factors that can cause preventable accidents include:

    • · Driver error and negligence, such as disobeying traffic laws
    • · Driver distraction, including texting while driving
    • · Drunk driving accidents

    Although there are many examples of the circumstances that can cause auto accidents, it is essential to remember that all drivers have the ability – and the responsibility – to make the right decisions on the road. In the event that they make the wrong decisions and cause harm, they can be held accountable.

    Proving That an Accident was Preventable
    As part of the personal injury claim process, victims will need to establish another's fault and liability for causing an accident. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Maryland personal injury lawyers draw from more than 85 years of combined experience to thoroughly investigate accidents and prepare claims in order to prove that an accident was preventable. When it is shown that another driver failed to uphold their duty, injured victims and their families will have a fighting chance for obtaining the compensation they need and deserve.

    To learn more about the legal elements involved in proving that a Maryland car accident was preventable, please reach out to a Maryland personal injury attorney from our firm. Call (301) 952-1552 to personally discuss your case or request a free, no obligation case consultation today.

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