Posted On: April 27, 2011

Car Accidents in Maryland That Bring Criminal Charges and Civil Lawsuits

Pick up a copy of the Baltimore Sun and you'll likely find cases of Baltimore County car accidents where the offending drivers were slapped with serious traffic or criminal charges. The State of Maryland has very specific legal language on the books regarding when traffic violations warrant traffic or criminal charges. In the eyes of Maryland law…

Reckless Driving is defined as, "A person is guilty of reckless driving if he drives a motor vehicle: In wanton or willful disregard for the safety of people or property; or In a manner that indicates a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of people or property."

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Negligent Driving occurs when, "A person is guilty of negligent driving if he or she drives a motor vehicle in a careless or imprudent manner that endangers any property or the life of any individual." (Source: Maryland.gov: Maryland Driver's Handbook)

Dangerous driving practices such as aggressive driving, driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (DUI), speeding, and texting while driving can all cause deadly auto accidents and bring various charges, depending on the offense.

As experienced Baltimore County traffic accident injury lawyers, we've seen the damage and toll reckless and negligent driving take on Maryland families. What some people don't know is that a driver facing criminal or traffic charges in the Maryland Courts may also be sued for monetary damages in civil court.

Civil court is where the injured car, truck, motorcycle or pedestrian accident victims -- or the family of those killed in Md. traffic accidents -- sue the driver held responsible, requesting compensation for pain and suffering, loss of income, and medical bills.

That's why it's so critical to contact an experienced Maryland accident injury attorney right away, to ensure the best outcome for the victims in both the criminal and civil cases -- and to make sure dangerous drivers are taken off Maryland's roads and highways.

Read more about this topic in my article on…

Baltimore, Maryland Auto Accident Liability : Civil Lawsuits vs. Criminal Cases

Related Web Resource:

Maryland Driver's Handbook: The Rules of the Road for Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, Pedestrians and Bicyclists (PDF)

Posted On: April 12, 2011

Baltimore Traffic Accidents that Happen While at Work : Call the Police Before Your Boss (And Don't Lie to Maryland Law Enforcement)

Getting in an auto accident while on the job in Maryland can be the worst of both worlds.

As if a car or truck accident isn't stressful enough, when a traffic crash occurs while you're on the road for a Maryland employer -- it's easy to feel pulled in multiple directions at once. There's the hassle of dealing with insurance companies, auto body shops, doctors, and lawyers. Throw in a company car or even your own car used for business, and then bring your employer (and all that potential drama) into the mix, and it's no wonder accident victims get quickly overwhelmed.

Let's say you're driving to a sales call at a company in Baltimore City. All of a sudden, BAM! You are sideswiped at a downtown Baltimore intersection. The knee-jerk reaction if you're involved in a work traffic accident is to call the boss immediately. Makes sense, right? Wrong!

As experienced Baltimore County work accident lawyers, we've heard about well-meaning employees who make mistakes at the traffic collision scene that can have lasting ramifications. A common mistake is calling one's employer from the accident scene before the police arrive -- and getting talked into falsifying details of the accident to police. This can happen when an employer gets upset about a company car involved in a Maryland traffic crash, and then begs the employee not to disclose they were working for fear their insurance rates will go up.

That really puts the worker in a bind because you have your employer -- the person who signs your paycheck -- telling you to lie. Employees may be coaxed into misrepresenting the facts of the auto accident. DON'T DO IT. Giving a false statement to a Maryland police officer is a crime, and if caught, you will probably be charged criminally. In addition…

  • If you fail to disclose that you were driving for work at the time of your auto accident -- and it's discovered you were -- then the insurance company could disclaim coverage.

  • Or if you need to file a Maryland Workers Comp claim for work injuries suffered in that accident -- and you did not report that you were working -- your claim could be invalidated.

The best thing you can do when in a car accident in Maryland while working is call the police first. Let them come to the accident scene and make their official police report. Then call your employer. But for heaven's sake, don't let your boss push you around and coerce you into changing the facts and/or lying to Baltimore or other Maryland police officers. Once a lie is hatched, there's no erasing it.

Related Maryland Injury Attorney Articles:

Maryland Car Accident Lawyer Advises: Always Call the Police from the Scene

Maryland Car Accidents While at Work : How MD Workers' Compensation Works with a Motor Vehicle Accident Liability Claim