Car accidents happen quickly, and being involved in a car accident is a frightening experience. If you are involved in a car accident in Maryland, it is important to understand the law.
Maryland Car Accident Law is a Fault Based System
Maryland uses a fault-based system to determine who is liable, or responsible, for a car accident.
Maryland car accident law treats most incidents as negligence cases. Negligence is a legal term for carelessness or inattention. Some of the factors that tend to implicate a driver as being liable for an accident include:
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence
- Running through a clearly marked traffic signal
- Making an illegal turn
- Striking a vehicle from behind in a rear-end collision
In Maryland, there is presumed liability for rear-end collisions. Presumed liability means that if a stopped vehicle is struck from behind by another vehicle, the moving vehicle is automatically presumed liable or at-fault for the accident. There are exceptions to this general rule, so it’s important to document the accident as thoroughly as possible even if you think you may be at-fault. It is also imperative to consult with [Read more…]