Baltimore Auto Accident Injury Attorneys Know the Devastating Effects of an Automobile Accident
Injuries from a collision can become a life-long burden for victims
Every accident is different – different circumstances, different consequences and different people at fault. The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC understand the wide range of collisions that can happen on the road, and can help determine who was at fault and the full extent of the damages when building a personal injury claim.
Lane departure collisions
Sharing the road with other drivers is all about trust. You assume that other vehicles will obey the rules of the road, starting with staying within their lane of travel. But when a car, truck, motorcycle or cyclist makes an unexpected shift, they can hit your car or force you to strike them.
- Collision with another vehicle. Even if another vehicle is traveling close to your speed, if they move into your lane unexpectedly, they can still sideswipe you, leading to a spinout. If a car moves in front of you and slows down, you may not have time to brake or change lanes and avoid a read-end collision.
- Collision with roadside objects or animals. A car that shifts lanes without a signal can force you to pull off the road and hit stationery signs, fixtures or even wildlife. The accidents can be even more devastating, because the object that was hit was not traveling at any speed, so they take the full brunt of the vehicle’s acceleration.
- Collision with a pedestrian or cyclist. When walking or biking, you are likely very cautious of automobiles on the road, and don’t try to cross or turn unless you are confident you will have time to do so. If a car does something unexpected, however, like moving into a turn lane, you can be put in harm’s way.
Intersections are always risky locations, because many cars are coming together at once and must determine who has the right of way. If there is any disagreement, two cars can wind up running into one another in a variety of ways.
- Head-on collisions. This is the most forceful impact possible because both car’s acceleration is working against one another. Two cars colliding at 25mph each are the equivalent of running into a wall at 50mph, which means the damage and injuries can be very serious.
- Side impact collisions. Often called T-bones, when one car hits the side of another it can send the car spinning out or put severe lateral forces on the car, resulting in side-to-side whiplash.
- Rear-end collisions. Roughly one in four incidents on the road is a rear-end collision. Whether another driver fails to brake when arriving at an intersection, or assume the driver in front of them is moving forward when they are not, these fender-benders can result in severe whiplash and even set off airbags, causing further injury.
Accidents can happen without a collision
Incidents that don’t result in a crash can still be dangerous to drivers and passengers. These cases usually involve hazardous road conditions, such as inclement weather or uneven terrain. Fishtailing or spinning out on slippery roads can cause severe whiplash. Rollover accidents, typically off the side of a road, can throw passengers around the cabin of their vehicle, causing blunt impact trauma and lacerations from broken glass.
If you’ve been in an accident, speak to a Maryland auto accident injury attorney about your legal options today
The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC have extensive experience handling automobile injury claims. We fight for the compensation you deserve. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. We work on a contingency basis, which means we do not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you.