How Does Liability Work in Maryland Car Accidents?

By Peter DePaolis

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Maryland, you may be wondering how liability works. Who is responsible for the crash? And what can you do to get reimbursed for your damages? In this post, our Maryland car accident attorneys look at how liability works in Maryland car accidents and what you can do to protect your rights. 

How Liability Works in Maryland Car Accidents

Maryland is an at-fault state that uses a standard called contributory negligence. This means that if you were hit by another driver, but a court determined that the accident was 20% your fault and 80% the other driver’s fault–neither party can receive damages.

However, insurance companies in Maryland are required to offer Personal Injury Protection coverage (PIP protection). With PIP protection, you may have your medical bills and some lost wages covered by insurance, even if you were partially at fault.

Because liability laws in Maryland are so strict, it is crucial to talk with an experienced attorney who can thoroughly investigate the accident and assess all evidence to determine fault.

What Kind of Damages Can I Recover in a Maryland Car Crash?

If you’re injured in a Maryland car accident, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries. These damages can include: 

  • medical expenses
  • lost wages
  • pain and suffering

In rare cases, you may also be able to recover punitive damages, which are designed to punish the driver who caused the accident. 

How Do I Obtain Compensation for an Auto Accident?

To recover damages in a Maryland car accident lawsuit, you will need to file a claim with the driver’s insurance company or with the court. The amount of damages you can recover will depend on the severity of your injuries and the facts of your case. 

To ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve, it is essential to consult with a Maryland car accident attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can guide you through the legal process and work to protect your rights throughout the claim or lawsuit.

Is there a Limit to the Amount of Damages I Can Receive?

Yes. Maryland places a limitation on the amount of damages you can recover for pain and suffering that results from a car accident. As of this writing, the cap on damages for a Maryland auto accident is $905,000.

What is the Statute of Limitations on Filing a Lawsuit in Maryland for a Car Crash?

In Maryland, there is a three-year statute of limitations on when you can file a lawsuit following a car accident. This means you must file within three years from the date of the accident in order to have your rights protected.

Certain exceptions apply to the statute of limitations, so it’s always a wise idea to discuss your case with an attorney.

What Should I Do Next?

Being injured in a car accident is a stressful and overwhelming experience. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Maryland car accident, it is important to understand your legal rights and options. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you investigate your case and determine the best way to recover the compensation you deserve. We offer free initial consultations, so please contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.