Authored by Ira Sherman
According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, traffic crashes
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.