Side Impact Car Accidents in Baltimore

Man of Maryland’s roads were recently paralyzed by multiple motor vehicle accidents that occurred on a single day, according to a WDEL May 2017 article. Several vehicle accidents turned a normal Wednesday a deadly one. A chain reaction motor vehicle crash happened in Arundel County around 1:30 p.m. Not far away, a vehicle hit another one head-on while traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Route 50.

Another two-vehicle crash happened on northbound Interstate 495. One driver in the accident allegedly failed to notice a disabled Mack trash hauler and struck it. Her vehicle was lodged underneath the truck for a short time.

In another accident near Delaware, a driver allegedly failed to yield to oncoming traffic. The driver of an Eclipse allegedly struck another vehicle, a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, on its left and rear sides. The Eclipse was also broadsided by another vehicle that attempted to avoid the accident.

What is a Side Impact Accident in Baltimore?

A side impact accident, also called a broadside or T-bone accident, occurs when one vehicle hits another on its side. The impact of such an accident can cause serious injuries to the driver and/or passengers depending on which side the accident occurs.

Aside from head-on collision accidents, side impact accidents are often the most devastating. The sides of a motor vehicle often have little to no physical protection. Thus, there is no cushion between the driver or passenger and the impact or another object striking the vehicle.

A Side Impact Accident in Baltimore can be Caused by Many Different Things

When filing a side impact accident claim in Baltimore, a victim needs to show a lot of things to be successful. One thing a victim will need to show is how the accident happened. A side impact accident may happen in any of the following situations:

  • The at-fault driver ran a red light or tried to run a red light or stop sign
  • The at-fault driver made a left turn and T-boned the victim’s vehicle
  • The at-fault driver pulled into oncoming traffic and hit the side of the victim’s vehicle

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The driver who injured you was most likely negligent. The driver may have violated a traffic law or failed to act as another driver would have in the same and/or similar situation. The problems are that you were injured and now have damages like lost wages, medical bills, vehicle and property damage, and pain and suffering.

Seek the help of experienced personal injury attorneys for legal representation right away. Whether you want to settle a claim or pursue your rights in court, you have the right to do so. You also have the right to access a tough legal team ready to fight for you. Contact us today for help.

Car Accidents in Baltimore

At least 18 people were taken to the hospital after a multi-vehicle car crash, according to Fox 45’s April 2017 report. The accident happened in While Marsh and was considered a “mass casualty incident” by local first responders. The accident involved six vehicles in northbound traffic on I-95. No life-threatening injuries were reported, but 18 people were transported to five different area hospitals. One driver involved in the accident, a 36-year-old from New York, was criminally charged in the crash.

The crash occurred around 1:50 p.m. Police were conducting a traffic stop on the left shoulder of the highway prior to the accident. Traffic moved slowly because of the traffic stop. The 36-year-old driver, operating a 2016 black Ford Transit, allegedly hit the rear of a red 2009 Lincoln MKS. The impact pushed the Lincoln into another vehicle, a white 2011 Lexus IS30C.

The crash ultimately involved two other vehicles. The first four vehicles blocked two highway lanes. The highway was closed for about 30 minutes while they waited for first responders.

It is not known if the victims of the multi-vehicle accident have filed a personal injury claim against the driver for their injuries.

Negligence in a Car Accident in Baltimore

A car accident can happen for any reason, but most often, a Baltimore car accident is the result of negligence. Negligence is the failure of a driver to act like a reasonable driver would in the same and/or similar circumstances. A “reasonable driver” is one who always does the right thing while operating a motor vehicle in order to prevent causing an accident. If an accident victim can prove negligence, then he or she can usually obtain damages. Damages refers to money paid to the victim to compensate for accident-related expenses like:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Medical bills

Part of successfully proving that a car accident happened because of another driver’s negligence involves showing that he or she caused accident. The other driver must either directly or indirect cause the car accident and the resulting injuries. Causation can happen in variety of ways, such as:

  • Distracted driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Hit-and-run accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Side-impact collisions
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Sideswipe collisions
  • Single-car accidents
  • Rollover accident
  • Speeding

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A car accident can happen at any time and for any reason. The cause of the accident is one way to prove the other driver was at fault. For instance, you have to prove the driver had a legal duty to protect you from the accident. You then have to prove that the driver breached that legal duty.

After proving causation, you are allowed to present damages. Let us do the work for you. Contact us today.

New Bill Would Hold Baltimore Physicians More Accountable for Malpractice

According to a January 2017 report on WBAL, Senate Bill 195 would make doctors more accountable to their patients. The bill would help patients know whether their doctor is actually insured. For example, the bill would have helped a patient who underwent liposuction and a tummy tuck back in 2005. That year she wanted to look great for her son’s wedding, but the minor surgery turned into an alleged 10-hour nightmare. Her doctor allegedly kept her overnight at a surgery center. She died three days later at home. An autopsy revealed that she died from cardiac arrhythmia.

The woman’s family sued the doctor for medical malpractice, but they received nothing even though the judge ruled in their favor. Unfortunately, the doctor who performed the surgery did not have medical malpractice insurance. The doctor later made a settlement for $450,000, and then filed bankruptcy.

Senate Bill 195, if passed, would require every doctor practicing in Maryland to indicate to the state board of physicians whether or not they have insurance. The information would then be available to the public.

The woman’s family wanted the bill to go even further. They wanted all doctors to be mandated by law to have medical malpractice insurance. Another bill in the state house may make it mandatory for all doctors to have medical malpractice insurance.

What is Medical Malpractice in Baltimore?

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional provides a patient with substandard care. In Maryland, all patients are supposed to receive standard medical care. It does not have to be the best, but it must not cause additional harm. Additional harm would be if a patient sought treatment for a heart pain and the doctor amputated his or her arm instead.

Substandard care is negligent care. Negligence is the foundation for a medical malpractice lawsuit. An injured patient can receive damages, in the form of money, for the substandard care received.

Recoverable Damages in a Baltimore Medical Malpractice Claim

Damages available in a medical malpractice claim include:

  • Additional past, current, and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Decreased earning capacity
  • Funeral and burial expenses if the patient died because of the substandard treatment

In Maryland, an injured patient can receive any economic damages caused by the medical professional’s negligence. An injured patient can also receive what is known as non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are a little harder to calculate. A lawyer cannot simply hand over a bill as proof of the damages sustained. An example of non-economic damages includes pain and suffering.

State personal injury law caps non-economic damages at $770,000. If the patient died because of the substandard care received, the non-economic damages are capped at $962,500.

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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is an Option if Facing Foreclosure in Baltimore

According to a July 2017 article in Market Watch, once foreclosed homes in Baltimore and around the country that were snatched up by investors are now in foreclosure again. A July study done by Market Watch discovered an increase in properties auctioned off by the government and an increase in the number of foreclosures. Institutional investors began buying delinquent property via government auctions in 2010.

The government auctions seemed like a win-win situation. Homeowners whose mortgage were bought at an extremely low rate could get a loan modification. Investors would obtain profitable assets and communities would continue to obtain tax revenues. Ultimately, neighborhoods would be revitalized. The homes auctioned off came from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Fannie Mae was the first to auction foreclosed homes. Freddie Mac soon followed.

The auctions were intended to reduce the number of seriously delinquent government mortgages and help stabilize neighborhoods. For instance, a private equity firm has foreclosed one in about 2,000 homeowners as of July 2017. It has increased its foreclosure rate since 2013. The overall foreclosure rate in the U.S. fell 22% in the second quarter, an 11-year low.

A Baltimore homeowner interviewed for the article has lived in her home for 18 years and has had her mortgage change ownership several times. She obtained a loan modification a few years ago and was charged $1,000, but did not receive a decrease in monthly interest rate payments.

She tried again in 2017. She did receive a lower monthly bill, but received a one-time charge of $3,000. She continues to struggle to track her mortgage’s owner.

Bankruptcy is a Legal Option to Save Property from Foreclosure in Baltimore

Chapter 13 bankruptcy, also called wage earner’s bankruptcy, is only offered by the federal government to help a debtor obtain a financial fresh start. A debtor is anyone who files for bankruptcy. This bankruptcy chapter allows a debtor to pay creditors over a three to five-year period. It allows them to get caught up on their bills without facing the devastating consequences of going into debt, such as:

  • Foreclosure
  • Property auction
  • Legal judgments
  • Utility shut off
  • Wage garnishment

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Comes with an Automatic Stay

The reason Chapter 13 bankruptcy is such a powerful tool is that it comes with an automatic stay. The automatic stay prevents a creditor from starting, continuing, or concluding any legal process of collecting its debts. If a mortgage lender files a foreclosure petition, it is automatically stopped. If a debtor’s paycheck is getting garnished for a judgment, that is immediately stopped, as well.

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Bankruptcy is a complicated process. It involves getting needed papers together like your tax returns. It also involves completing a Means Test. This is not a written test, but a way to determine if you are eligible for Chapter 13 instead of Chapter 7. Contact us to learn more about which form of bankruptcy is right for you.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy for a Fresh Start in Baltimore

According to the Baltimore Sun July 2017 article, after 37 years in business, Baltimore Clayworks shut down and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The filing followed a six-month saga involving an attempt to pay off its debts. Baltimore Clayworks’ board of directors decided to close the non-profit ceramic arts center helping to provide job training for adults with autism. Through Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the non-profit seeks to liquidate its assets to pay off its debts.

At the time that bankruptcy was filed, the non-profit faced more than $1 million in debt when it planned to relocate and sell the organization’s gallery and studio buildings in Mount Washington. The deal did not work out. In the summer, it planned to raise more than $50,000 to restore its cash flow, but it only generated 10% of the goal.

What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Baltimore?

Chapter 7 is traditionally a personal bankruptcy for individuals trying to get out of debt. The bankruptcy option is a good one for those with unsecured credit like:

  • Credit cards
  • Payday loans
  • Store cards

Unsecured credit is any type of credit given to an individual based on a promise to pay. No collateral was needed to secure the loan or credit. Secured credit is backed by collateral like a home mortgage.

By completing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, debts are eliminated. The debtor no longer owes his or her creditors.

An Automatic Stay is Part of the Baltimore Chapter 7 Relief

One thing that makes a Chapter 7 so powerful is that it comes with an automatic stay. The stay prevents the creditor from starting, continuing, or completing the legal process against you. This legal process could be garnishing wages or shutting off utilities. It will not provide relief to prevent the sale of property. Only Chapter 13 can do that.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is called a wage earner’s bankruptcy because the debtor must pay back debts to creditors.

Preparation Prior to Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy rules changed in 2005. No longer were debtors allowed to choose their bankruptcy chapter. Prior to the change, it did not matter how much money the debtor had or if he or she wanted to repay or have debts eliminated.

Current bankruptcy laws involve a Means Test. This test determines whether a debtor can file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. If, after completing the test, the debtor has money left over, it is called disposable income. He or she can then file for Chapter 13. If the debtor has no disposable income after all bills are paid, then he or she qualifies for Chapter 7.

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Chapter 7 bankruptcy is worth the work of completing. It involves completing pre-bankruptcy counseling and credit counseling. After filing, you will have to attend a court hearing and complete a debtor’s education course. A skilled bankruptcy attorney can handle everything in between to help you get a fresh financial start. Contact us.

Wrongful Party in a Baltimore Accident May Claim Victim was Negligent

According to a July 2017 report on CBS Baltimore, two men died after a vehicle allegedly traveled the wrong way on a Maryland highway. One vehicle was traveling north in southbound lanes and hit the other vehicle head-on. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the accident scene, and there were no passengers in either vehicle. At the time of the report, the car accident was still under investigation.

It is not clear if the family of the driver traveling in the correct lane will sue the at-fault driver’s estate. A personal injury claim can be filed any time a driver operates a motor vehicle in a negligent way and harms another driver, pedestrian, or passenger.

Negligence in a Baltimore Car Accident

For an accident victim to file a personal injury claim in Baltimore, the other party must be at fault for the accident. Typically, negligence involves a driver failing to operate a motor vehicle in a way that a reasonable person would in the same and/or similar circumstances. A reasonable person would obey traffic laws and not cause an accident with injuries.

For instance, a driver must operate a motor vehicle in the correct lane. If he or she fails to do so, it is a violation of traffic laws. A driver is negligent when he or she operates a motor vehicle in the wrong lane and hits another vehicle.

Contributory Negligence Defense

An accident victim, or plaintiff, in a personal injury lawsuit can claim that the at-fault driver was negligent. That same at-fault driver can claim that the accident victim was to blame for the accident by using the contributory negligence defense.

Contributory negligence is the defense claiming that the plaintiff was at least 1% at fault for the accident. If a plaintiff is responsible for causing the accident, he or she will not receive damages. Damages refers to the compensation an accident victim can receive to pay for accident-related expenses such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage

For instance, a plaintiff was traveling southbound and driving while distracted. Maybe he was looking at his cell phone at the time of the crash. The at-fault driver was following behind him in the same lane. The plaintiff noticed a red light too late. He stopped, but the defendant was driving too closely behind him and hit his vehicle. The defendant hit the plaintiff’s car, but maybe he or she would not have if the plaintiff had noticed the stoplight earlier and braked more gradually.

If the defendant can prove that the plaintiff was at least 1% liable for the accident, he or she may be off the hook for damages.

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Have You been Injured in a Baltimore Bicycle Accident?

A bicyclist was injured in Ocean City, Maryland in a bicycle accident, according to an August 2017 CBS Baltimore report. The bicyclist, a student from Slovakia, was seriously injured when her bicycle was hit by a passenger vehicle. Police said the driver of the vehicle did not stop after the bicycle crash. The accident happened in the early morning on a Wednesday. The 21-year-old student was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Police have identified the alleged hit-and-run driver. They are consulting with the state regarding filing criminal charges. The alleged suspect will not be identified until criminal charges are filed.

It is not known whether the student will file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle that hit her. An accident victim can file a claim against the driver even if criminal charges are not filed against the at-fault driver.

Proving Negligence in a Baltimore Bicycle Accident Involves Establishing Four Elements

Negligence is the failure of an at-fault party to act as a reasonable person would in the same and/or similar circumstances. In this situation, the reasonable person is another driver who follows traffic laws and does not endanger anyone by causing an accident.

To obtain damages like lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering, a plaintiff, or bicycle victim must prove four elements:

  • The driver had a legal duty to protect the victim from an accident. The driver has the responsibility not to cause an accident that harms the plaintiff.
  • The driver breached the legal duty to protect the plaintiff. This breach can happen in a variety of ways in a bicycle accident.
  • The driver was the direct or indirect cause of the bicyclist’s injuries. The driver can hit the bicyclist and be the direct cause. Even when there is no actual collision between the driver and bicyclist, the driver can still be the indirect cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. For instance, a driver could crash into another object that then falls into the road in front of a bicyclist, who hits it and is ejected from the bike.
  • The bicyclist is owed damages. At trial, a judge or jury determines how much a plaintiff will receive in damages.

The most common causes of a bicycle accident include:

  • Driver failing to look out for a bicyclist at a stop sign
  • Driver pulling out of the parking spot or driving in a parking lot and not looking for bicyclists
  • Driver turning directly in front of a bicyclist
  • Driver running a red light or a stop sign and hitting a bicyclist

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Passengers can Sue for Injuries Sustained in a Baltimore Bus Crash

A Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) bus collided with another vehicle near Granada and Fairview Avenues in West Baltimore, according to a September 2017 article in The Baltimore Sun. The accident happened on a Friday morning in September and sent some passengers to the hospital. According to the MTA spokesman, no passenger suffered life-threatening injuries. He did not immediately know the number of passengers who were transported to the hospital.

A 25-year-old male driver was traveling along Fairview Avenue when the MTA bus hit his vehicle. At the time, they were allegedly both trying to turn onto Granada Avenue. The front bumper of the man’s vehicle, a Honda Accord, was knocked off the vehicle. The accident was under investigation by the MA and police at the time of the report. It is not known if the passengers will file personal injury claims for their bus accident injuries.

A bus is considered a commercial vehicle because it is used to transport passengers from one place to another. A bus can be any of the following:

  • Baltimore sightseeing tour bus
  • Any bus used for public transportation
  • Long-distance bus
  • School bus

A bus accident is any accident involving a bus and either another vehicle or a pedestrian.

Causes of Bus Accidents in Baltimore

To file a personal injury lawsuit for injuries sustained in a bus accident, another party must be responsible for causing the accident. If an accident victim did something to cause the bus accident in some way, he or she may be barred from suing. This is called a contributory negligence defense.

Most bus accidents are not caused by the bus driver. The bus driver may be unqualified to operate a motor vehicle or may be too tired to drive. Sometimes when the bus driver has done everything right and obeyed all the laws, a bus accident can still occur due to a mechanical problem with the bus itself, which may be the legal responsibility of the bus manufacturer or bus company.

The common causes of a bus accident include:

  • Open-air bus feature: The open-air design of some tour buses can place passengers at risk of sustaining an injury from flying debris or falling out of the bus.
  • Length of the bus: Bicyclists and pedestrians are at risk of being hit by the back end of a long bus. This typically happens when the bus driver cannot gauge the exact space needed to turn properly.
  • Poor bus maintenance: The bus could be on the roadways and have serious mechanical problems such as broken tail lights, worn brake pads, and threadbare tires. These mechanical problems can cause an accident with injuries.
  • Top-heavy design: The tall, narrow design of tour buses can cause the vehicle to roll over while the driver makes a turn. This includes the two-tiered tour guide buses.
  • Passenger safety hazards: Passengers are always put at risk of sustaining an injury when exiting and entering the bus. These dangers include getting crushed by doors that have broken sensors or tripping over a broken part of the floor.

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Tractor-Trailer Accident Causes Serious Injuries in Baltimore

According to a January 2017 report on CBS Baltimore, several people were seriously injured in a multi-car accident involving a tractor-trailer. A tractor-trailer collided with about 14 cars on a Friday evening in the Bel Air area near Plaza Ford, injuring many. The tractor-trailer was traveling southbound on Route 1 when, for an unknown reason, according to police, the tractor-trailer crossed over into the northbound lanes. It struck several passenger vehicles. Many who witnessed the accident said it looked like something out of a movie. One witness, whose vehicle was spared in the accident, said that the vehicles impacted by the large commercial vehicle appeared to be airborne.

At the time of the report, no charges were filed against the tractor-trailer driver.

A tractor-trailer is a large commercial vehicle that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is about 16 times more than the average passenger vehicle. A tractor-trailer accident involves a commercial vehicle colliding with a passenger vehicle, bicyclist, pedestrian, or another commercial vehicle. Since the weight of the commercial vehicle is so great, it can cause serious injury or death for accident victims.

Injuries Sustained in a Baltimore Tractor-Trailer Accident

An accident victim may escape a tractor-trailer accident with minor injuries such as bruises or scratches. However, minor accidents involving large trucks rarely occur. Instead, these accidents tend to be more serious and often deadly.

Injuries that can be incurred by victims of tractor-trailer accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Amputated limbs

Common Types of Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Baltimore

Every tractor-trailer accident is different and may be caused by different things. However, these accidents are typically cause by the following:

  • Shifting cargo: A Tractor-trailer typically transports cargo from one area to another. If the cargo is improperly loaded or there is too much cargo, the truck can overturn or jackknife.
  • Rear-end Collisions: A tractor-trailer, like other large vehicles, needs time to slow down or come to a complete halt. If a truck driver is following another vehicle too closely, he or she may not be able to properly stop.
  • Improper maneuver: A truck driver may fail to maintain his or her driving lane or violate another traffic law, causing a deadly crash.

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You were injured in a tractor-trailer accident. The first thing you must do is stay calm and focus on healing from your injuries. You will need experienced attorneys on your side. We are personal injury attorneys dedicated to helping you receive the compensation you deserve after an accident.

We will complete an investigation to determine who was at fault for your accident and how the accident occurred. We will also work to negotiate a settlement or prepare for trial. Contact us immediately for help. You deserve compensation.

Proposed Legislation in Baltimore May Make it Easier for Doctors to Admit a Mistake Without Assuming Liability

According to a February 2017 Baltimore Sun article, the Maryland General Assembly may approve legislation aimed at changing the medical malpractice law. It may make it easier for a healthcare professional to admit that treatment went wrong without having that statement be admissible in court.

Many supporters of the proposal argue that it would put more money in the hands of the patients because health care professionals could create treatment plans more quickly. For example, an injured patient in the report sustained an injury during a procedure because of a defective instrument. The physician quickly apologized. The hospital paid for the injured patient’s medical bills and provided a long-term compensation plan for treatment. He never filed a lawsuit.

However, opposition to the bill argue that the change to the medical malpractice would make injured patients more vulnerable. It would keep that medical malpractice out of court and away from a jury’s hands.

For instance, an injured patient would be asked to agree to the healthcare professional’s arrangement while he or she was recovering from injuries. This would not be the best time to make an important decision. The injured patient may not know his or her legal rights and agree to a settlement without understanding that he or she may give up the right to sue later.

Current Maryland malpractice law does give some protection to healthcare professionals already. They can express regret or apologize for what happened without their statements being admissible in court.

However, if they do acknowledge they did something wrong, their statement would be admissible in court.

If approved, the bill would require hospitals to create a safety and early intervention program to cover injured patients. They would have to inform the patient’s family about what happened and apologize for the medical mistake. In addition, they would have to inform the injured patient and their family about the legal right to have a lawyer during negotiations.

Medical Malpractice in Baltimore Involves a Healthcare Professional Providing Substandard Treatment

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional provides treatment that deviates from standard treatment. The substandard treatment causes an additional injury. The type of substandard treatment can vary from providing the wrong diagnosis to leaving a surgical instrument in a patient’s body or amputating the wrong limb.

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Current law allows medical malpractice claims to be settled outside of court. If that happens, the injured patient gives up the right to sue in exchange for compensation to pay medical bills and other expenses.

If the case goes to court, we must prove:

  • The defendant owed a duty to you to avoid doing harm
  • The defendant breached that legal duty to you
  • You were injured because of the breach of legal duty
  • You are owed damages

Damages you will be able to obtain depend on the facts of your case and include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today for help.