Car Accident Damages – Maryland

June 24, 2016 by Emilia

What do Damages Include?


Damages are the compensation that victims receive after being involved in an accident. Most of the time, victims will have measurable injuries that will give more validity to your claim. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is an average of 5.4 million car accidents each year in the U.S. This translates to 14,700 car accidents each day. A car accident will likely be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. Crashes have left victims with minor to life-changing injuries and even death.

Maryland Law – Damages

All of the expenses you incur as a result of a car accident have the potential to be damages that your attorney can file to get compensation. Each state sets its requirements for a victim to receive damages. Maryland requires a victim to file a personal injury lawsuit within three years of an accident occurring. Getting damages for an accident involving any form of a government entity (city bus or an accident on government property) are under a different set of rules.

Maryland is one of the few states that uses a doctrine known as “contributory negligence.” This system is considered unusually harsh compared to other state’s legislation on damages. The system states that if you were at fault at all or if your carelessness contributed to the accident at all, you are completely barred from any compensation.

Most Common Forms of Damages:

Property Damages

  • Property damages include any damages to your vehicle or other property that was damaged or destroyed during the accident.

Medical Expenses

  • A wide variety of expenditures can be filed as a medical expense. They include the ambulance bill, physician consultations, prescriptions, surgery and any other physical or mental problems due to the crash.

Lost Wages

  • Most individuals involved in a car accident will have to have their vehicle repaired if it isn’t totaled. If they are not at fault, and they are unable to get to work, the lost wages can be filed as damages for compensation.