Do you have any idea how many fatal car accidents there are in the State of Maryland? In 2010 there were just 493 fatalities in Maryland and this was 56 fewer than in 2009.
According to the MVA Website, between 2003 and 2007, there were 575-600 fatal crashes per year. In 2010 32,885 people died in car crashes throughout the USA. It is interesting to note that the number of fatal car accidents is actually going down in Maryland and throughout the USA. This is most likely because of enhanced safety features on vehicles, and less people are driving. It may also be due to the fact that fewer people are driving drunk. According to the federal government, drunk driving fatalities declined by about 4.9% in 2010.
If you or someone you love is involved in a fatal car crash in Maryland, there are things that you should do to protect your rights. Hiring a lawyer immediately after a fatal crash is a great idea, but many families do not do this because they are overwhelmed by grief and other stressors including planning the funeral. A lawyer can be helpful in making sure that a proper investigation of a fatal car crash is done. A lawyer can also evaluate whether the vehicle needs to be preserved to investigate a product liability case.
Families who lose loved ones in car crashes in Maryland should also know that there will almost always be $2,500.00-$10,000 in Personal Injury Protection Benefits available, and this will be paid out as soon as the estate is set up. A Silver Spring car accident lawyer can be helpful in expediting this process, and many Silver Spring personal injury lawyers do not charge an attorney fee for helping with the PIP Claim.