After you’ve been involved in a car accident, all you want to do is rest and recover from your injuries – not deal with a complex legal battle against greedy insurance companies. Let the attorneys of Whitney, LLP take care of the legal work on your behalf, so that you can focus on being with your loved ones as you recuperate during this difficult time.
The car crash lawyers of Whitney, LLP represent accident survivors and the family members of wrongful death victims in the Rockville, MD area. We are committed to holding careless drivers accountable for the deaths and injuries they inflict upon others, and focus on pursuing the maximum compensation possible for our clients. If you were not at fault for your accident, you shouldn’t have to assume financial responsibility for another person’s mistakes.
We handle automotive accident cases throughout Rockville, including but not limited to the neighborhoods of Glenora Hills, West End Park, Lakewood Estates, Grosvenor, Miramont, Saddle Ridge, Potomac Oaks, Needwood, Inigos Crossing, and Halpine View. We offer free initial consultations, and will always keep your information confidential. To set up a free, private legal consultation, call the law offices of Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 today.
What Types of Car Crash Injuries Can I Get Compensation For?
While traffic accidents have the potential to result in a wide array of injuries, some tend to occur more frequently than others. A few examples of common injuries which often result from crashes and collisions include:
Brain and Head Injuries – According to the CDC, automotive accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Possible effects of TBI include paralysis, chronic pain, chronic insomnia, intellectual disability, incontinence, lack of physical sensation (e.g. pressure, temperature), difficulty speaking, memory loss, and loss of balance (vertigo).
Broken Bones – Some common types of bone fractures include simple fractures, compound fractures, greenstick fractures (to which children are especially prone), comminuted fractures (where the bone shatters into multiple pieces), buckled fractures (where the ends of two bones are driven together), and oblique fractures (where the break is on a slope or curve). Drivers and passengers often break their noses, teeth, and other facial bones due to striking the dashboard or the seat in front of them.
Soft Tissue Injuries – “Soft tissue” includes a mix of different body tissues, including skin, tendons, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, muscles, fat, and membranes. Soft tissue injuries might involve sprains, strains, tears, and/or contusions (bruises). Whiplash is a very common example of a soft tissue injury caused by car accidents.
Whiplash – Whiplash occurs when the neck’s muscles and tendons are rapidly forced beyond their normal range of motion. Therefore, whiplash often results from accidents involving sudden stops. The effects of whiplash include persistent headaches, chronic neck pain, and reduced neck muscle flexibility.
An accident victim can potentially obtain compensation for any of the injuries listed above, in addition to compensation for burns, scarring and disfigurement, emotional trauma, chest injuries, and limb injuries. When determining what sort of damages a plaintiff should be awarded, the court will consider factors such as:
- Costs of caring for the injury. This includes expenses associated with surgical procedures, medical devices and equipment, in-home caregivers, physical therapy, home renovations necessary for handicap accessibility (e.g. lowered counters, widened doorways), and paying for services which the accident victim can no longer perform due to his or her injuries. In the case of wrongful death, it also includes burial and funeral costs.
- How many months, years, or decades of income the plaintiff will lose due to his or her injuries. If the injury is particularly severe, the plaintiff may have to end their career, take a job which pays less, or apply for disability.
- Whether the plaintiff was supporting young children, an elderly parent, a disabled relative, or other dependents.
Highways and Major Roads in Rockville, MD
Auto accidents can occur in any setting, whether it’s a rural dirt road, a quiet street in a suburban neighborhood, or an urban four-way intersection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that in 2013, 63% of fatal Maryland car accidents occurred in urban settings, 36% occurred in rural settings, and the remaining 1% of accident settings were unknown.
As this data indicates, certain types of roads are especially conducive to major crashes and collisions. Due to congested conditions, aggressive drivers, and high speed limits, serious accidents are likely to occur on highways and major thoroughfares. Some of the major roads in Rockville, MD and the surrounding area include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Ardennes Avenue
- Baltimore Road
- College Parkway
- Darnestown Road
- East Jefferson Street
- East/West Gude Drive
- Gaither Road
- Hurley Avenue
- Mannakee Street
- Martins Lane
- MD Route 28
- MD Route 187
- MD Route 189
- MD Route 355
- MD Route 586
- Montrose Road
- North Horners Lane
- Redland Boulevard
- Rockville Pike
- Twinbrook Parkway
- Wootton Parkway
If you were injured in a car accident in Rockville, you may be entitled to compensation. To talk about your crash or collision in a free and completely confidential case evaluation, call the personal injury lawyers of Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000.