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Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you are injured requiring medical care, from a motor vehicle accident, you have certain legal rights. This is true whether your injury occurred while you were driving another vehicle, while a vehicle passenger, or if you were a pedestrian. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident through another’s fault, you have the right to pursue legal compensation for your injuries, including a financial award (or settlement) for your pain, suffering, emotional distress, anxiety, anguish, inconvenience, and any other “non-economic damages.” You are also entitled to seek financial recovery for the cost of your medical treatment related to the accident, any lost wages, and other “economic damages.”

Injuries for which you may be legally entitled to financial compensation occur in many ways, including the following:

Texting and Driving. Under applicable law, an individual may not use a text messaging device to write, send, or read a text message or an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle in the travel portion of the roadway. If you were injured through the carelessness of another who was texting while driving (or if you believe the other person may have been texting), then you may be entitled to legal compensation for your injuries.

Car Accidents. The driver of a motor vehicle must use reasonable care. Reasonable care is that degree of caution and attention which a person of ordinary skill and judgment is required to use, in particular circumstances. If you suffered motor vehicle injuries because of the negligence of another, you should contact Mallon LLC, immediately, so your legal rights are not compromised. We stand ready to pursue a car accident lawsuit on your behalf.

Uber and Lyft. With progress comes consequences. Ride-sharing businesses such as Uber and Lyft provide consumers more options, but with those additional options come safety concerns, particularly given the increase in unregulated ride-share drivers who may have limited or no experience in their professions. When you are on the roadways with an Uber / Lyft driver, you take your chances.

Bicycle Accidents and Pedestrian Accidents. In 2017, there were 783 bicyclists and 5,977 pedestrians killed in crashes with motor vehicles in the United States. Together these vulnerable road users account for a growing share of total U.S. traffic fatalities: in 2017, pedestrians and bicyclists represented 18.2% of total traffic fatalities. Bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities increased by 31% in the ten-year period between 2008 and 2017, while during that same time period, total traffic fatalities decreased by 0.8 % (see ).

Truck Accidents. America’s roadways – particularly, highway travel – can be a dangerous place. Many truck drivers violate the first rule of commercial driving: you don’t drive a truck like a car. Truck collisions involve heavier vehicles than most other types of accidents. A tractor-trailer weighs between 12,100 and 80,000 pounds—up to around 25 times the weight of the average car. When commercial trucks are being driven 65 miles per hour on the freeway, they are harder to stop and even more dangerous to small passenger cars. Due to their size and weight, commercial trucks are harder to maneuver. Truck accidents often result in devastating injuries to those riding in cars or motorcycles. These injuries can include traumatic brain injury, paralysis, disfigurement, and death.

Bus Accidents. Buses carrying commuters and students are a common site in cities and towns across America, as bus companies offer a cheaper transportation alternative. With so many of these large vehicles on the road, it is not surprising that they’re involved in 63,000+ traffic accidents, every year. Bus accidents cause a variety of damages, ranging from whiplash, back, and other orthopedic injuries, and including broken bones, brain injury, and other permanent injuries, and also death.

Drunk Driving accidents. Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes—that’s one person every 48 minutes, in 2017. Drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year (see Alcohol reduces the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination. These abilities are essential to safe operation of a motor vehicle. Alcohol level is measured by the weight of the alcohol in a certain volume of blood - this is called Blood Alcohol Concentration, or “BAC.” At a BAC of .08 grams of alcohol per deciliter (g/dL) of blood, vehicle crash risks increase dramatically. The risk to other drivers and pedestrians from drunk driving is clear – and personal injuries caused by drunk drivers are legally compensable, under the law.

Motorcycle Accidents. What we think must be true, is true: it is significantly more dangerous to ride a motorcycle than to ride in a car. For instance, the NHTSA has reported 4,976 people were killed while riding in 2015 in the United States, which is up 8.3 percent from 2014 (when 4,594 fatalities occurred). The fatality rate per registered vehicle for motorcyclists was six-to-seven times higher than the fatality rate for “passenger car occupants” in 2014. Motorcyclists in 2014 were also 27 times more likely than “passenger car occupants” to die in a crash per “vehicle mile traveled,” and nearly five times as likely to be injured. If you suffer significant personal injury resulting from an accident involving a motorcycle, contact Mallon LLC, as soon as possible.

If you suffer injury requiring medical care, involving a vehicle, caused by someone else’s fault, you should contact Mallon LLC, as soon as possible. Do not sign anything presented by the other driver, or the other driver’s insurance company. You have important legal rights to protect so contact Mallon LLC at your earliest convenience. Mallon LLC are your motor vehicle accident attorneys in Baltimore, MD, Prince George’s County, MD and throughout Maryland and Washington DC.