Auto Accidents

On Average, There are Nearly 37,000 Injuries in Car Crashes in Maryland Each Year – and More Than 500 Fatalities

On any given day, we get into our automobiles and drive to work, to school, to visit friends or family or to go shopping. And every time we do, we run the risk of getting injured in a car crash – because no matter how safely we drive, there are others who do not. If you or somebody you care about is injured because of someone else's negligence or reckless behavior, who pays for the medical care, the loss of wages, the property damage? And in the worst-case scenario, how can you ever be compensated for a fatal accident involving a family member?

At Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP, we are attorneys for car accident victims and serve clients in and around Hanover and Annapolis and throughout the Washington, DC metro area. For more than a decade, we have worked with accident reconstructionists who are experts at determining the causes of automobile crashes and taken on the insurance companies – all with the goal of getting our clients maximum compensation for their injuries.

We don't Settle for Less Than Every Penny You Deserve

As roads become increasingly crowded, it seems that drivers have become more aggressive. At the same time, there has been an increase in distracted driving as people eat their meals, talk on their cell phones, and even text while behind the wheel.

Those who have been involved in an accident with another car – or even in a truck accident or in a crash with a motorcycle – often make several mistakes that could cost them in the long run. Here are some do's and don't's if you have been involved in an accident:

  • If you are able, DO make sure that you get full information from all drivers involved, including their driver license number, full name and address, and insurance information.
  • DO seek medical attention as soon as possible. What seems like a minor pain could get much worse over the course of a day, a week, or even a month.
  • DON’T automatically agree to a settlement with the insurance company and DON’T sign anything.
  • DO make sure that you get an advocate – an attorney who has knowledge of local traffic laws and experience in dealing with insurance companies.

At the personal injury law firm of Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP, we know how to value your claim to ensure that every avenue of potential compensation is explored. We fight against allowing the insurance company to overestimate your “percentage of fault,” thereby diminishing your compensation. While insurance companies have legions of adjusters and experts working for them, we work with our own experts – and won't just take the insurance company's word for what happened. We are here to help you and your family when an injury has caused you pain and suffering, loss of income and loss of earning capacity. We have experience in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including Metro bus accidents and accidents involving pedestrians or bicycle wrecks. We are also frequently called upon by clients involved in boating accidents.

Contact us if you have been injured in a car accident in Hanover, Annapolis or the greater DC area

If you have been injured in an auto accident, do not sign anything with the insurance company before you talk to an attorney with Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP. We make sure that your rights are protected and that you get the greatest possible compensation for your injury. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, please contact us online or call us at (443) 749-5111.