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Who is entitled to compensation for damages in a car accident?

Car accidents can often result in personal injury claims. Here in Maryland, readers know that insurance plays an important role in car accidents. Injured parties may receive compensation from their insurers or from the insurance carrier of the other party involved in the collision. All types of traffic accidents are governed by the law of negligence. In some car accidents, you can easily determine the party at fault and the identity of the injured party. If you were involved in a car collision and you have sustained injuries as a result of that collision, you may be asking this question - am I entitled to damages?

First and foremost, you need to understand that the state of Maryland recognizes the legal doctrine pure contributory negligence in auto accidents. This means that you, the injured party, may not receive damages if you are partly at fault in causing the collision. If you have sustained injuries in the collision, it is important to write down the important details of the crash - how it occurred and who is responsible for the accident. If you have substantial evidence that can prove that the accident resulted from the other party's failure to exercise due care, then you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim.

In order to further strengthen your personal injury claim, it is important to look into the results of the investigation, or you may hire private investigators and accident reconstructionists who can help you gather more information. By doing so, you will have a better understanding of your case and your chances of a successful lawsuit.

Under a personal injury claim, you may be entitled to damages based on incurred losses, including pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages. If you have questions on how to maximize your compensation, you may wish to speak with legal counsel.

Source: FindLaw, "Comparative negligence," accessed on Aug. 21, 2014

Source: FindLaw, "Comparative negligence," accessed on Aug. 21, 2014

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