The statute of limitations that affects most personal injury claims in Maryland (including car accidents) can be found at Maryland Courts & Judicial Proceedings Code section 5-101. The law states that a civil action should be filed within three years from the date it accrues, with various exceptions. Learn more about filing a personal injury claim in regards to a car accident that occurred in Maryland.
Statute of Limitations
In Maryland, a plaintiff has three years after the date of the injury to file an initial claim. There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if a family member passes away as a result of a car accident, their loved ones have three years from the date of their death to make a claim, rather than three years from the accident. The three-year statute applies to all vehicle accident injuries, whether the claimant was the driver or a pedestrian.
Under Maryland’s contributory negligence rule, a plaintiff cannot receive damages if they are found to have played a role in the accident. The plaintiff may walk away with nothing if they shared responsibility, even if the accident was 95% at the fault of the other driver. If your car accident case makes it to court, the contributory negligence rule binds judges and juries in Maryland.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
Don’t let Maryland’s contributory negligence law keep you away from filing a personal injury claim. If you were injured in a vehicle accident that occurred in Maryland, the individual(s) at fault should be held responsible. Filing a claim can help you or your family member recover costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you haven’t done so already, contact a law firm that specializes in personal injury claims, including injury-related auto accidents.
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Have you experienced an injury as a result of a vehicle collision? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Cardaro & Peek, LLC today.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.