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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Maryland on
Q: If a driver does not notify police following an accident (hit and run), what legal options does the victim have?

I'm curious about this as it pertains to Title 20 - Vehicle Laws -- Accidents and Accident Reports; Section 20-106 - Duty on Striking Domestic Animal. My dog was hit, and the driver stopped before driving away. I called the police to file a report & create a case, but I'm wondering... Read more »

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg
answered on Mar 22, 2023

If the responsible driver did not notify the police/law enforcement to report the incident - and you have identification information regarding the driver - the police at its option, if you report the offender, could cite the driver for violating the applicable section of the transportation code,... Read more »

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0 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Maryland on
Q: Possible recoup of damages for cat.converter stolen from designated "overnight" poorly lit WMATA parking lot?

Overnight (extended parking) is farthest away, creating danger. No bailment notice seen upon entering Gated area, no ticket given, a 24 hour police rather than making a reasonable attempt at security actually sent false message of security when couples with WMATA's knowledge of prior theft. No... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Maryland on
Q: I am an out of state resident and was rearended by a NJ driver, in NJ. Their insurance tell me that I cannot get P&S?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 28, 2023

Do not believe what the adjuster is telling you. Contact a NJ lawyer for representation. Damages for pain and suffering are allowed in NJ; however, NJ is a comparative fault state, meaning that you must not be more than 50% at fault for the accident, and your percentage of fault will reduce your... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: Who is at fault for an accident at intersection?

If both ways have green lights and no arrows. A driver turning left from one side, another turning right from the other, so both heading to the same spot. If they collide and the driver turning right did nothing to avoid, but driver turning left didn’t yield properly, who’s at fault? Does... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 8, 2023

The vehicle turning left in your scenario must yield the right of way to the vehicle coming in the opposite direction and making the right turn. The vehicle making the left turn is at fault for the accident.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: I was turning right at an intersection + a truck was driving on my right, in a location marked as a city bus stop. I had

My blinker on and began to turn when the light turned green. The truck hit my car on the passenger side door. Who is at fault?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jan 20, 2023

An attorney would need to review pictures of the intersection, the police report, and witness statements. In many bus only lanes, other drivers are permitted to enter the lane and turn just prior to the intersection. You can pull up pictures of the intersection using Google maps.

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Q: If driving on a two-lane bridge with no median and youre in an accident, keep driving until youre off it, or pull over?

I recently saw a dashcam video where an individual was driving on a two-lane bridge (with no median or place to pull over) on the left-hand lane when a car cut them off from the right lane merging into their lane. They hit the car and swerved right, continuing to drive. Would that be a hit-and-run?... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Dec 27, 2022

The person is supposed to pull over to a safe location so as not to impede traffic and then stop. If the person does that, it is not a hit and run.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: Maryland- is it illegal for apartment complex to not give out their insurance info when their vehicle is involved?

Called the police, and got the insurance from the third parties company (contractor is hired as a third party). When asking the district manager for the insurance and they refused to give us the insurance even though his happened with their vehicle in the parking garage they supply for tenants. Is... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Nov 5, 2022

Anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident must give their insurance information to the other driver. It is the other driver that has that responsibility. It sounds like you obtained the insurance information on the vehicle. If not, your insurance company can run the tag and obtain the insurance... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Maryland on
Q: My car was involved in a hit and run in 2021 can I still sue
Ronald V. Miller Jr.
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Ronald V. Miller Jr.
answered on Oct 23, 2022

Generally yes. You have the same statute of limitations as you would if there was a defendant you could name. But you want to consult with a lawyer to see if the general rule matches the unique facts of your case.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for Maryland on
Q: Can I sue the police department for failing to write an uninsured motorist ticket in an accident?

Fault couldn’t be determined in the accident so it is my belief my car insurance will skyrocket.

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Oct 5, 2022

No, you cannot sue the police for failure to write a ticket. They have absolute discretion on whether to issue a citation. Regardless, issuing a citation does not determine fault. You can sue the other driver and your own insurance company if he is uninsured and if you win, your rates will not go... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: will my insurance be impacted if i got into an accident with a friends car

we already have everything figured out talked to the persons car that got hit and my friends car and insurance has told my friend that i’m at fault and his insurance will be penalized but now i’m wondering if mine will be even though i my personal insurance never got involved

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Sep 13, 2022

It could affect your rates. Insurance companies usually ask if you have had any accidents in the last three years when you renew and they may have access to the information anyway when they go to renew.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: I was going straight and I met a vehicle park with their hazard lights on I stopped turned on my left signal and honked

And as I was overpassing then they made a left turn into my passenger side how can I win this case with insurance because of the law that MD issued when overtaking a driver

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Aug 16, 2022

In order to determine who is at fault for the accident, an attorney would have to review all evidence including the police report, speaking with witnesses, speaking with you, reviewing photographs of the scene and damage to the vehicles, etc. Maryland is a contributory negligence state which means... Read more »

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Q: I am dealing with a previous accident, and its reached the point where my truck has to sit outside my house (covered).

Can i be in trouble for not having it registered or insured? I explained to the officer the situation of why its parked and covered.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jun 15, 2022

Every local jurisdiction has ordinances addressing unregistered, inoperable and abandoned vehicles. Montgomery County is no exception. It is illegal to park an unregistered or inoperable vehicle on a public street or on private property in a residential area. Upon citation, you will have 30 days... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: Can you receive a PBJ and no points if charged with unsafe lane change that results in an accident? I was driving a CMV

Video shows me doing my due diligence to ensure there wasn’t a vehicle in my blind spot . I have a CDL

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Feb 28, 2022

You can receive probation before judgment for a moving violation in Maryland. You need to request a trial within 30 days of the hearing and go to court. However, for CDL purposes, a PBJ can still affect your CDL since under federal law, PBJ's are the same as a conviction.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Consumer Law and Products Liability for Maryland on
Q: Am I legally obligated to pay a repair bill to a car repair service center if they damaged my vehicle,

They had my vehicle for several months. When it was just about ready, it fell off the car lift and sustained damages totaling my vehicle. Their insurance company wrote it off as a total loss and is offering me a just and fair offer for compensation. The service center is still requesting me to... Read more »

Eric Todd Kirk
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answered on Feb 9, 2022

They never returned a repaired car to you. They did not live up to their end of the contract. I would not be inclined to pay the bill. You can submit the bill to their insurer and ask them to pay it.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: As a local Government business, are we required to file a police report for every incident no matter the extent.

In our company vehicle, even if a minor event where we pay for damages out of pocket, are ew required to file a police report? I would like the actual location I can find this for proof.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 3, 2022

A Maryland attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. Until you are able to discuss meaningfully with a local attorney in your state, reporting requirements for motor vehicle accidents are often governed by state agencies, such as departments of motor vehicles. These... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Maryland on
Q: An “Excluded driver” in Maryland was Driving his wife’s vehicle and hit two parked cars.

Her insurance company is refusing any responsibility of coverage because husband is an “Excluded Driver”. The issue is that he is an excluded driver because of a medical problem. Seizures. He’s been excluded for approximately ten years. He has what his Dr. Describes as “Walk about”,... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jan 1, 2022

Was he charged with traffic violations? Does he want representation for that? Most traffic violations are written as strict liability which do not depend on intent of the driver, so they may be difficult to defend based on medical conditions. However, a judge may grant a "probation before... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: If I’m caught driving without insurance out of state does that state’s laws apply or the state my car is registered?

My sister drove my car into Pennsylvania because of a family emergency (she doesn’t own a car) and ended up getting into an accident. My question is if Maryland’s laws apply or if Pennsylvania’s laws apply since the accident happened out of state.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Dec 31, 2021

The law of the place where the accident and traffic/criminal violation occurred is what controls. Therefore, your sister's negligence and liability for the accident and any civil damages will be governed by PA law, as well as your liability for negligently entrusting your vehicle to her if... Read more »

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Q: Was making a u turn in a 35 mile an hour zone in a residential are, another driver was going well above the speed limit

Other driver slammed into me and totaled both of our cars. I’m now getting a damaged claim. Am I able to fight the claim?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Nov 1, 2021

A agree with Mr. Kirk. When you are making a u-turn, and you turn into the pathway of oncoming traffic, you are the one who fails to yield the right-of-way. To prevail in court, you would have to prove that excessive speed, and excessive speed alone, of the other vehicle caused the accident, and... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: How long before a trial is scheduled for a July 2021 ticket? When I called they are still scheduling 2020 court cases.

I am currently suing the person that hit my vehicle, but didn't want to wait another 6 months to a year before my trial is scheduled. Should I contact my insurance company and pay the deductible to get my vehicle fixed? I have full coverage, but don't have full PIP coverage. I think this... Read more »

Eric Todd Kirk
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answered on Jul 22, 2021

It might not be possible to reliably predict when a currently file case will make it to trial. As you know there are meaningful delays due to covid and there could potentially be more. It's a financial decision but you may well wish to pay your deductible and let your insurance company try to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Maryland on
Q: how do I get an insurance company to offer more for bodily injury
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jun 8, 2021

Many things come to mind, all pure speculation of course since you provide zero factual basis to support an answer, but I would start with hiring a lawyer if the case has any merit, since insurance adjusters give little weight to self-represented claimants and are likely to low-ball you.... Read more »

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