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The Boulevard Rule

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Maryland Boulevard Rule holds that motorists on a through highway have the right of way over vehicles entering the road from side streets, driveways, and similar locations. The Court summed it up pretty succinctly: "The purpose of the Boulevard Rule is to 'facilitate the free flow of traffic on major thoroughfares by preventing interruptions or delays and insuring the safety of the drivers there."

This means that vehicles entering the roadway, whether from a side street, driveway, dirt road, shoulder, or other similar location, must yield to vehicles already on the roadway. It is not uncommon, however, for a motorist who enters a main road from a parking lot, for example, to claim that the car on the main road "came out of nowhere" or was speeding. Under the Boulevard Rule, the Court will not consider speed as long as the vehicle already on the roadway is there lawfully. As the Court of Appeals describes it, they will generally not consider "nice calculations of speed, time or distance lest the purpose of the boulevard rule, to accelerate the flow of traffic over the through highway at the permitted speed, be thwarted."

In short, the vehicle on the main road has the right of way over vehicles entering the main road. It does not matter how fast that vehicle is travelling, unless the speed is extremely excessive.

How Much is My Auto Accident Case Worth?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

One of the most often asked questions from my clients is, “how much is my case worth?” The answer is, “it depends.” There are many different factors to consider to determine the value of a personal injury case.

First, it depends on your treatment. If you, for example, attend a few physical therapy sessions and feel better, your case will obviously be worth less than a case where someone underwent surgery.

Second, it depends on your injuries. If you suffered a fracture, your case is probably worth more than a case where the claimant suffered soft tissue injuries. The total cost of your medical treatment will also play a role in the value of your case. Without knowing the cost of your medicals, it is difficult to ascertain what your case is worth. Permanent injuries are also an important factor when examining the value of a case.

Third, did you lose time from work? If yes, your lost time from work should be included in your damages. Further, if you are no longer able to perform your job, or even work at all, a claim for future loss of earnings should be made.

These are only a few aspects of a personal injury claim that determine what a case is worth.

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact Jaclyne Kartley for a free consultation today at 301-740-3313.

 

Police Reports: What Do They Mean?

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

In most counties in Maryland, if the police respond to a car accident, they will issue a police report, or more accurately, a Vehicle Accident Report, if someone is taken from the scene by ambulance, someone is arrested, or if a vehicle is towed. The issuance of a report, otherwise, is generally within the discretion of the responding officer. If no report is issued, the officer will usually provide a written information exchange form.

The important information in a police report or information exchange is generally the identity of the people involved, their addresses, and their insurance information. Both the report and the information exchange may provide witness information as well.

The accident report, unlike the simple information exchange, will also have information about the road, weather, and other similar conditions, and will give a description of the collision with a diagram. It is important to remember that the reporting officer is not a witness to the accident. The diagram and description may be based on several different descriptions of the collision. If a driver is “faulted” by the police officer, it does not necessarily mean that his or her insurer will accept responsibility for the collision.

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