Maryland Personal Injury Attorney
AVID Law Firm was founded in 2014 and has a focus on providing aggressive defense accident and personal injury clients. We have a superior team of accident injury attorney’s. Our legal services also include representation for criminal defense.
Founding Attorney, Prince Williams, Esq.
Having been a member of the bar since 2012, Mr. Prince Williams, Esq. is licensed to practice in all state courts in Maryland. When establishing AVID Law Firm, Attorney Williams made it his goal to provide every client with individualized attention, something he feels is missing at larger firms. He believes in keeping the lines of communication open so you’ll always know where things stand at every stage of your case.
Our firm motto is “Be Efficient, Practical, and Prompt” and we live by that motto every day
Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence? If so, it is imperative that you retain a qualified personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your rights as a victim are fully protected. Numerous studies have shown that accident victims who hire an attorney get roughly 3.5 times more compensation than those who don’t.
Call us today (240) 561-7433 to schedule an initial consultation. From the minute you walk through our doors, we are committed to delivering the best possible outcome. We are conveniently located in the White Flint area of Montgomery County MD.
Pursuing Maximum Recovery for Accident Victims in Montgomery County
At the Avid Law Firm, LLC we help injured clients in Bethesda and throughout Montgomery County navigate the insurance claims process and fight for the compensation they deserve. We have great empathy and compassion for the physical, emotional, and financial hardships our clients endure after a traumatic accident. Our goal is to help alleviate these burdens and get your life back on track.
When you work with our firm, you can be confident that you’re working with the best.
Prince Williams, the firm’s founder and lead personal injury attorney has extensive experience going up against powerful insurance companies. He meticulously prepares for every case and will put you in the best position to achieve a favorable outcome. Mr. Williams is a skilled negotiator who knows how to make a compelling argument for maximum recovery. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, he will not hesitate to file a lawsuit and take the case to trial.
Let us Be Your Advocate
No Upfront Or Hidden Fees
Don’t spend another sleepless night stressed out about how you are going to pay your bills. Let us handle the legal aspects so that you can focus on your recovery. Call us at (240) 561-7433 to schedule a free consultation. Together, we will establish an effective plan of action. Our office is conveniently located in the White Flint area of Montgomery County MD.
If you’re worried about whether or not you can afford to hire a lawyer, don’t be. Avid Law works on a contingency basis which means you don’t pay us a dime unless we recover on your behalf.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
We have the skills, resources, and experience to represent individuals who have been injured in the following types of accidents:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Crashes
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
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- Slip and Falls
- Premises Liability
- Dog Bites
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Sexual Assault Victims
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Subway Accidents
- Aviation Accidents
Personal injury attorney Prince Williams knows what it takes to build a strong injury claim. The process begins with conducting an independent investigation of the accident. If possible Mr. Williams will visit the scene to take pictures and gather evidence that may prove helpful. In some cases, the firm will hire an outside expert such as an accident reconstructionist who can recreate the accident in an effort to paint a clearer picture of how the accident occurred and who is liable.
In addition, Mr. Williams will carefully review the police report, interview witnesses, and analyze the evidence. He will also collect your medical records and speak with your doctors and other healthcare professionals to get an accurate understanding of the seriousness of your injuries and your short and long-term medical needs. At every step of the process, you can count on us to keep the lines of communication open and provide you with frequent updates and answers to your questions.
Monetary Compensation Can Be Yours
Suffering an injury in a motor vehicle accident can require surgery, long stays in the hospital, extensive testing, frequent visits to the doctor, rehabilitation, and more. In some cases, the damage is permanent and means a lifetime of care. The costs of these medical treatments add up quick and can reach astronomical amounts and even prevent someone from earning a living.
In a personal injury claim or civil lawsuit, you may be awarded compensatory damages for the financial and personal harms you suffered as a result of your accident some of which may include:
Medical Expenses: Out of pocket costs for all medical treatment you’ve received up to this point and any you will require in the future. Doctor bills, hospital bills, surgery expenses, diagnostic charges, physical therapy, personal care nursing fees, prescription medicines, and medical aids like crutches and slings, etc
Lost Income: Any wages or other earnings that you lost as a result of your accident and injuries. Lost income includes all wages you lost starting on the date of the accident, any present-day lost wages, and any wages you will lose in the future.
Property Damage: Costs of any repairs to your vehicle. If your vehicle was totaled, the amount of property damage you suffered would be equal to the fair market value of your vehicle. Property damage also includes the cost of replacing other personal property that was damaged or destroyed in the accident, such as your clothing, cell phone, jewelry, or other items.
Pain and Suffering: Physical pain and severe discomfort you endured after the accident
Emotional Distress: Psychological disorders are common after a traumatic accident and may include panic and anxiety, depression, insomnia, fear, shock, flashbacks, and nightmares.
Loss of Enjoyment: Reduction in your quality of life due to the accident. This includes an inability to engage in hobbies, daily exercise, time with friends, and other recreational pursuits.
Loss of Consortium: The inability to provide services to significant other via income, companionship, child care, etc.
Disfigurement: Permanent scarring or change in appearance
Bodily Injuries Sustained in a Motor Vehicle Crash
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some of the most common injuries include:
- Neck Injuries:
- Back Injuries:
- Paraplegia, quadriplegia, tetraplegia
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Fractures and broken bones
- Knee injuries
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Wrist and hand injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Sprains, strains, bruising of muscles, ligaments, or tendons
- Burn injuries
- Disfiguring facial injuries and scars
- Internal injuries (organ damage, internal bleeding)
- Limb loss and amputation
- Common Causes of Injury-Related Motor Vehicle Accidents in Maryland
- Distracted driving – talking on a cell phone, texting, eating,
- Reckless driving – speeding, changing lanes too quickly, tailgating, running red lights or stop signs, driving on the wrong side of the road, improper turns, road rage
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Car manufacturer defect
Filing a Car Accident Claim in Maryland
Maryland uses an at-fault system when dealing with car accident claims which means that car accident victims can pursue compensation in the following ways:
- File a claim against the other driver’s insurance company;
- Sue the other driver directly in civil court;
- File a claim with your own insurance company
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Maryland
Every state has a statute of limitations or timeframe for filing a personal injury claim. In Maryland, you have 3 years from the date of your injury. After this period of time, your claim is no longer viable and you forfeit the right to obtain compensation.
Understanding Your Auto Insurance Coverage
Drivers in Maryland are required by law to carry a minimum amount of auto insurance coverage
- Bodily Injury Liability Coverage: $30,000 minimum per person / $60,000 minimum per accident (covers the victim’s medical expenses and lost wages)
- Property Damage Liability Coverage: $15,000 minimum (covers the costs of a victim’s car repairs)
- Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury Coverage: $30,000 minimum per person / $60,000 minimum per accident (covers injuries and damages when at-fault driver does not have insurance)
- Under insured Motorist Property Damage Coverage: $15,000 minimum
- Personal Injury Protection (PIP) $2,500 minimum* (can be used regardless of who is at fault; your insurance rates will not go up) What If I Was Hit by an Uninsured or Under insured Driver? Despite the auto insurance coverage requirement, many drivers in Maryland remain uninsured. If you had the misfortune of being hit by an uninsured driver, you may still be able to pursue a claim under your own insurance policy’s uninsured (UM) motorist coverage up to its policy limits. If, on the other hand, the driver did have liability insurance but not enough to cover your losses, you can pursue compensation through your underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) and/or PIP coverage.
Impact of Contributory Negligence
It’s important to realize that insurance adjusters are not on your side. Their ultimate goal is to help the insurance company maximize its profits by paying out as little as possible in claims or denying compensation altogether.
Tactics an insurance adjuster may use to diminish your claim includes trying to pin some of the blame of the accident on you; offering a quick low-ball settlement before the full value of your claim is known; denying your injury exists or minimizing the seriousness of your injury; attributing your injury to a pre-existing condition; or label your treatments as not medically necessary. Personal injury lawyer Prince Williams is all too familiar with the games insurance companies play and can protect you from accepting less than you deserve.
Notification Letter – When you bring us on board, one of the first actions we will take on your behalf is to initiate a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. We will send a notification letter letting them know that you are seeking compensation for the losses you incurred as the result of their policyholder’s negligent actions.
Reservation of Rights Letter – The at-fault party’s insurer will most likely respond to your notification letter with a reservation of rights letter saying that they are reviewing your claim and agree to discuss the matter but are not admitting liability on behalf of their insured.
Demand Package – After you have completed your medical treatment and have reached maximum medical improvement, or the state in which your condition cannot be improved further by treatment, Mr. Williams will submit a demand package to the insurance adjuster that lays out the facts of your case and makes a compelling argument for the award amount you are seeking. Also included in the package will be supporting documentation of your medical treatment and medical expenses, lost wages, and and other damages.
Response from Insurer – The insurance adjuster will respond to your demand letter and will most likely disagree with your demand amount. He or she may try to convince you that your claim has little to no value and present you with a counteroffer that does not adequately meet your needs.
Bartering: What ensues is back and forth negotiations between your attorney and the insurance company. Mr. Williams is familiar with the various negotiation styles of insurance adjusters and will remain persistent in pursuing a settlement that reflects the severity of your injury and losses.
High Traffic Areas in Maryland
Although Maryland is a relatively small state, congestion on the roadways is a major issue. This is due in large part to Maryland’s central location in the Mid-Atlantic and its proximity to the Washington DC metro area. Millions of drivers commute to and from DC from Maryland and Virginia and many more travel from all over the country to visit the nation’s capital.
In 2016, a study conducted by the Road Information Program or TRIP found that Maryland’s Interstate Highways are the second most congested in the country behind California. The report also revealed that Maryland has the second-highest rate of daily vehicle travel per urban lane mile in the U.S.. With so many people on the road, the likelihood of collisions is high.
The most congested interstates in Maryland are:
- I-495 Capital Beltway
- I-270 connecting Frederick to D.C.
- Baltimore-Washington Parkway
- Route 355
Other local roads that see high traffic volumes include:
- River Road and Wisconsin
- River Road and Goldsboro Road
- Intersection of Cedar Lane and Rockville Pike
- Connecticut and Georgia avenues
Dangerous Roads in Montgomery County
The number of traffic-related deaths in Maryland has been ticking upwards since 2014. According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, there were 557 fatalities in 2017, which marks a 7% increase over the previous year. Nearly one-third of the fatal crashes in the state are due to impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving, not wearing seatbelts, and not using crosswalks.
Unfortunately, Montgomery County has had its fair share of serious and fatal motor vehicle accidents. Between 2012 and 2016, there was a yearly average of 35 fatalities and 400 severe injuries on roads in Montgomery County. One of the most dangerous roads in Bethesda is River Road, a state highway that serves as a thoroughfare for commuters traveling between the Capital Beltway and downtown Washington. The following intersections have proven to be:
- The intersection of River Road and Braeburn Parkway near Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda
- The intersection of River Road and Massachusetts Avenue
- The intersection of River Road and Wilson Lane
The Montgomery County government is taking steps to address the accident-prone roads in the area. A new initiative called the Montgomery County Vision Zero plan aims to decrease the number of severe and fatal collisions on local roadways by 35 percent by November 2019.
Steps to Take After a Car, Truck, or Motorcycle Crash
Being in a traffic accident is a traumatic experience. In the moments after you’ve been struck, it’s likely that you will be confused, disoriented and in a state of shock. Try to remain calm. If possible, there are a series of steps you can take to protect yourself and your ability to make a future claim.
Make sure to DO the following:
Call the police
Maryland law requires motorists to call the cops in the following instances: someone has been injured; the driver is intoxicated; a vehicle needs to be towed; driver refuses to exchange information; a driver is not licensed; driver flees the scene. Even if there is minimal property damage or minor injuries, it is still very important to call the police. You need a police report to prove that an accident occurred and to corroborate your version of events.
Get medical attention
If you experience pain or discomfort of any kind, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. For a serious injury, take an ambulance to the emergency room or visit your primary physician. If you delay seeking treatment, the insurance company can use that against you and say that your injury was not attributed to the accident.
Ask the other driver/s involved to provide their contact information, driver’s license number, license plate number, and insurance information. If there were any witnesses at the time of the accident, get their contact information as well.
Visual evidence can play an important role in building a claim. Try to take pictures of: vehicles involved, any skid marks or debris, traffic signs, as well as your injuries.
Notify your auto insurance company
You need to let your insurance company know you’ve been in an accident. Avoid talking about your injuries or overall health, simply provide the basic facts pertaining to the accident.
If there has been an injury or death Maryland law requires you to report the accident in writing to the Maryland Vehicle Administration within 15 days. Failure to report the crash may result in having your driver’s license suspended.
To recover compensation, you’ll need to prove you suffered damages. Make sure to document all of your injuries and any damage to your vehicle and other property. Get copy of police report, keep receipts and invoices, get a note from your employer with days missed from work, keep a diary of your symptoms
What NOT to Do:
Do not leave the scene
It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident. You must stop, assess your own injuries, check on other drivers involved, exchange information and report to law enforcement.
Do not accept a quick settlement
The insurance adjuster is trying to get you to bite on the first offer. Don’t take the bait. The full extent of your injury and losses is not yet known.
Do not admit blame
Be polite and make sure everyone is ok but do not apologize or tell anyone it was your fault. This is admitting liability which can expose you to a lawsuit and other penalties.
Do not give a recorded statement to at-fault insurance company
You are not required by law to give the other person’s insurance adjuster any type of statement, either written, recorded. Anything you say can and will be used against you to discredit your claim.
Do not sign any documents without consulting attorney
The other driver’s insurance company may want you to side a medical release form to obtain your medical records or want proof of medical expenses or lost wages. Do not sign any of these forms.