• Preventing Car Accidents Among Elderly Drivers

    In the United States, thousands of auto accidents are caused by drivers who are intentionally reckless and engage in risky behaviors such as speeding and driving drunk. But did you know that many car accidents that involve personal injuries are caused by drivers who are inadvertently negligent? Elderly drivers usually fall into this category. Sadly, aging drivers can still cause devastating personal injuries. Here is how you can do your part to prevent these serious accidents.

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    Recognize the Problem

    Do you have a senior friend or family member who is at risk of causing auto accidents? Whether your loved one has already caused car accidents involving personal injuries or you are simply concerned about his or her driving, it’s important to first recognize that there is a danger . Speak to other friends and family members to get outside support and formulate a plan to prevent accidents.

    Provide Solutions

    Next, meet with your elderly loved one. In a respectful tone, explain why you think his or her use of a car may be an issue, and provide solutions and assistance. For example, you could offer to drive your loved one to essential places such as the doctor’s office or grocery store.

    Talk to a Lawyer

    If you have gone through all of your options, speak to a trusted attorney about how you can use the law as a last resort. For example, many states allow you to file a complaint with the department of motor vehicles to require driver’s license retesting. Your lawyer can also help you find out how you can use the court to report a dangerous driver or protect your elder loved ones who may pose a threat to themselves or others.

    Learn everything you need to know about auto accident laws and what to do if you suffer a personal injury in a car accident by talking to an attorney today. In Maryland, look no further than the office of Sussman & Simcox: Attorneys at Law. We have helped countless clients from Silver Spring to Rockville recover compensation after being injured. Call us today at (301) 840-0404 for more information.

     

  • Checking Your Vehicle’s Fluids for Safe Driving

    Regularly checking your vehicle’s fluid levels is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent an auto collision and keep your family safe on the road. Take a look at this brief video guide to learn what to look for under the hood.

    The engine oil, washer fluid, coolant, and brake fluid can all be checked while the car is off, but checking the transmission fluid typically requires you to run the car for a short distance. To avoid internal damage, only use appropriately rated fluids for your vehicle.

    While preventative maintenance can help you save money on the road, protecting your assets after an auto accident requires reliable legal assistance. Are you a Maryland resident who sustained injuries during a car accident that was not your fault? If so, you may have a legal right to sue the at-fault party and receive reimbursement for your suffering. Rockville and Gaithersburg-area drivers in need of advice about their situation should call (301) 840-0404 to reach Sussman & Simcox: Attorneys at Law.

  • Determining Legal Liability in a Personal Injury Case

    In the personal injury context, determining liability is essential to bringing a strong claim against the at-fault parties. If the victim cannot show fault, he or she is unlikely to prevail with a successful claim. This is because the defendants are likely to move to dismiss the case for lack of proof that they caused any harm. Read on to take a closer look at determining legal liability .

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    Assigning Blame

    The first step in determining legal liability for a negligence claim is to determine who was at fault for the accident. This is usually an easy process in cases where a drunk driver collided with a sober passenger who was following all the rules of the road. However, the process becomes complex if one driver’s car malfunctions due to a defective part, and he or she collides with another vehicle or intimate object. In this situation, the injured party may have the right to file a claim against the company that manufactured the defective part as well as the driver of the vehicle that caused the collision. Speak to a local personal injury attorney if you suspect that more than one party was to blame.

    Assessing Comparative Fault

    If you were partly to blame for the accident that occurred, the legal analysis becomes slightly more complex. If you live in a state that allows comparative negligence/comparative fault, the jury may have to determine which party caused which percentage of the accident. These allocations can then be used to determine damages. For instance, if you were 5% at fault, the other driver was 50%, and the local municipality was 45% liable due to bad road maintenance, you may be able to recover 50% of the eventual damages from the driver’s insurance and 45% of the damages from the city or state.

    Negligence determinations are rarely cut and dried, which is why the office of Sussman & Simcox: Attorneys at Law helps clients clarify fault and compile proper evidence before filing a personal injury claim. If you live Maryland, call (301) 840-0404 to schedule a free initial consultation with our team.

     

  • Negligent Driving Behavior: Common Distracted Driving Habits

    Today’s drivers are more digitally connected than ever before. Yet new gadgets and screens mean that motorists also have many more reasons to look away from the road. As a result, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of  car accidents throughout the United States. Here are some of the most common distracted driving habits.

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    Checking the Navigation System

    Many vehicles now come with in-dashboard GPS systems that provide directions and other information. Unfortunately, these screens are generally located in the center console, which forces the driver to look down and away from the road in order to read street names and other data. Every second spent looking at the GPS system is a second the driver is not reacting to the situation on the road.

    Speaking on the Phone

    Holding a conversation while driving reduces a motorist’s ability to focus on the road and process the different stimuli around the vehicle. According to data released by Carnegie Melon University, drivers who spoke on the phone while operating a vehicle paid 37% less attention than driver who chose to ignore a cell phone call.

    Using Social Media Apps

    Smart phones allow users to check up on virtually every social media portal they desire. However, looking down at the screen to look at Instagram photos or Facebook status updates creates distracted drivers and dangerous road conditions. Any time spent not looking at the road is time when the motorist cannot properly react to the changing driving conditions around the vehicle. For this reason, social media and text messaging are one of the most common causes of accidents for teenagers and young adults.

    Are you a Maryland resident who suffered injuries in an accident because another driver was not paying attention? If the at-fault party was negligent, the legal team at Sussman & Simcox: Attorneys at Law can help you file a legal claim for compensation. Call our Gaithersburg office today at (301) 840-0404 to learn how our Maryland car accident lawyers can apply the law to help you receive the settlement you deserve.