April 2010 Archives

Head on Collision Settlement Claims

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According to a recent national study, plaintiffs recovery at trial in 64 % of head-on car and truck accident collision cases.  Of course, an even higher percentage reach an out-of-court settlement in head on collision cases.

The average jury verdict in head on collusion lawsuits is $484,457.  While this is not an average head on collision settlement statistic, certain the average verdict is a lens to the average settlement. 

Motorcycle and Bike Accident Cases in Maryland

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Juries don't like motorcyclists.  Motorcycle accident cases can be a battle even in cases where liability seems obvious.  Our lawyers have had to battle hard to establish liability in motorcycle accident cases where the same dispute would never if the victim had just been driving a car.  

But juror have even more concern about bicycle accident claims. A study by the Jury Verdict Research found that 67% of car-injured motorcyclists recover an award at trial.   In contrast but only 45% of bicyclists lawsuits that go to verdict end in a recovery for the victim.See Nelson Pena, Double Standard: Why Injured Cyclists Usually Lose in Court, Bicycling, Dec. 1991.

In motorcycle accident and bike accident cases, you need a lawyer that is going to fight with you every step of the way.

Accident Depositions Outside of Maryland

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When a deponent in an auto accident case is outside of Maryland, the Maryland Rules provide that the deposition may be held in a foreign jurisdiction in accordance.  This makes depositions far more complicated for Maryland accident lawyers, often requiring the retention of local counsel to enforce the subpoena; determining the date, time, and place and feasible location to hold the deposition.

This 2001 Utah Bar Journal article continues to be a good resource for lawyers trying to depose out-of-state witnesses. 

  • Sample depositions
  • Sample trial transcripts
  • Sample Discovery

Can You Work With My Lawyer on My Truck Accident Case?

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If you currently have another lawyer and are not unhappy but want to involve a lawyer who has successfully tried catastrophic injury truck accident cases, we may be able to work with your current lawyer as o-counsel" in your truck accident case. 
In the vast majority of cases, this has no impact on your fee because we share fees with your current lawyer.  We can certainly do this in Maryland truck accident cases - as we have many times - but every state has different requirements that govern how lawyers work together on accident cases.  So if you are not in Maryland, the answer is most likely yes but it depends on your state's laws.