Richard S. Lundin
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Personal injury and family law attorney licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia
Maryland's status as a contributory negligence state can make it difficult for people injured in Maryland auto accidents to get the compensation they deserve.

Calm your worries with these easy tips that will help you keep a firm hold on your compensation:

Don't admit fault!

This might seem simple, but it can't be said often enough. At the scene of the accident, state the facts and nothing more to the police or insurance agents.

Don't guess at the cause of the accident or assume responsibility simply because you feel badly for the other driver. Let the police be the ones to investigate and determine who was at fault.

Even an off-hand comment such as, "Maybe I could have driven slower" or "Perhaps I should have kept a better eye on the road" could be used against you. Keep these thoughts to yourself.

Talk to a lawyer.

If there is no question that the other person was entirely responsible for the accident in which you were injured, you may not need the help of a lawyer.

However, if you are accused of being negligent yourself, you should consider hiring a lawyer as quickly as possible to prevent any possible damage to your injury claim.

An experienced Frederick car accident attorney can help you present your side of the story and aid in obtaining evidence you need to prove that the other driver was responsible for the accident and your injuries.

When it comes to contributory negligence, your involvement in the cause of the accident can make or break your injury case, so don't take it lightly.
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