Steven H. Heisler: Experienced Car Accident Lawyer

Baltimore car accident lawyerWhen it comes to split-second reflexes and the actions of other drivers, all the experience and training in the world cannot protect a driver from becoming involved in an vehicle accident. However, knowing what to do after a collision can help protect against even further damage or losses, particularly when dealing with insurance companies or a responsible party that is unwilling to take responsibility. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an auto accident, contact Baltimore Car Accident Lawyer, Steve Heisler. For 25 years, Steve has focused on helping car crash victims and their families pursue fair and just compensation. You’ll find that he isn’t arrogant or stuffy and is easy to talk to. He genuinely cares about each and every one of his clients.

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Protecting Your Rights

Immediately after an auto accident, it can be easy to unknowingly forfeit your legal rights by admitting fault or signing a statement that releases the other party from liability. Unfortunately, any information you volunteer may be used against you, so it is important to consult with a Baltimore car accident lawyer before discussing the accident with anyone else, even the insurance company. Call Steve at (410) 625-4878 for a free consultation and answers to your many questions.

Common Causes and Consequences of Auto Accidents

What Compensation Am I Entitled To?

Depending on the circumstances of your or your loved one’s accident, you may be entitled to considerable coverage for damages that may include the following:

  • Medical Expenses – Doctor visits, surgery, medication, physical therapy, and psychological counseling.
  • Property Damage – The cost of replacing or repairing your vehicle.
  • Lost Wages – The amount of wages you are unable to earn if you cannot work for a period of time, or indefinitely.
  • Pain and Suffering – The non-economic damages associated with emotional or physical trauma, such as anxiety, scarring, disfigurement, or chronic pain.
  • Loss of Consortium – The non-economic damages associated with the loss of partnership and services provided by a loved one due to injury or death.
  • Punitive Damages – The penalties possible if the responsible party was driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, or even failed to maintain his or her vehicle.

It can take months, if not years, to recover from the physical, financial, and emotional impact of a car crash. If someone else is responsible for causing you or a loved one to face such a difficult time, Steven H. Heisler, a Baltimore car accident lawyer will fight on your behalf to hold the reckless parties legally accountable.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Even though each motor vehicle crash has unique characteristics, some types of injury are common in Maryland highway accidents:

  • Whiplash: Figures compiled by the National Safety Council show that 20% of all people involved in rear-end collisions — the most frequently occurring type of collision — suffer a whiplash injury. Pain and spasms in the neck are common, but the force of the crash can also cause back injury.
  • Head and brain injury: Even though all modern vehicles are equipped with seatbelts, many people still do not buckle up, increasing the chance of a traumatic brain injury. Impact with parts of the car, like doors and seats, as well as with objects inside the vehicle can cause head injury even to occupants who are restrained.
  • Blunt force injury: The impact of collision and the strain of seatbelts can damage internal organs such as spleen and kidneys.
  • Fractures: Broken legs, hips and pelvis are common injuries when the front seat is crushed into the dashboard and engine compartment. Broken ribs may puncture the lungs. Facial fractures occur when a driver is thrown against the steering wheel and may even be caused by the propulsion of airbags.

Common Types of Car Accidents

Just as there are many kinds of vehicles, and many causes of accidents, there are many different categories of crashes. Some of the most common are:

  • Rear-end: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 25 to 30% of all collisions are rear-end accidents in which a following vehicle runs into the back of the vehicle ahead of it. This frequently occurs in congested traffic, where a driver is not paying attention and cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
  • Head-on: This is the most dangerous type of crash. Even though they account for only 2% of the total number of accidents, head-on collisions account for 10% of the fatalities. Head-on collisions are commonly caused by a driver who is drowsy, distracted or drunk.
  • Side impact or T-bone: These collisions have features that make them more dangerous than you might expect. For one thing, side-impact accidents are likely to involve multiple vehicles because the impact may push the original vehicle into oncoming traffic. Airbags deploy only upon the initial impact, leaving occupants unprotected in the subsequent collisions. Additionally, most vehicles on the road are not equipped with side airbags.
  • Roll-overs: Whether the accident involves only a single vehicle that leaves the roadway and flips or two or more cars that crash and then roll over, this type of collision typically causes major injuries. There may be a delay in extricating and treating injured vehicle occupants, and there is a risk of fire.

Deadly Roads In and Around Baltimore

Those who travel the highways in Baltimore and surrounding counties are accustomed to seeing accident sites. Three routes in particular, though, account for a disproportionate share of motor vehicle accidents: the Beltway (I-695), Maryland Route 2, and I-83. If you or your loved one has been involved in a car or truck accident on one of these heavily traveled roads, you may need the assistance of an experienced Baltimore car accident lawyer on your side.

Dedicated Car Accident Lawyer

The aftermath of a vehicle collision can be life-changing for the accident victims and their family members, and often takes years of patience and dedication to overcome. If you believe another party was responsible for the injuries or losses you have suffered in a car crash in Maryland, Steven Heisler has the experience necessary to successfully help you get your life back on track.

With a record of successful settlements and verdicts, an experienced Baltimore car accident lawyer can provide outstanding legal representation — but more than that, his approachable manner will make you feel comfortable about seeking reliable guidance in making the best choices for your circumstances.

Please call (410) 625-4878 to learn more about the legal options available to you.

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Car Accident Case Results

Case Type: Automobile Accident
Settlement: $5,500,000.00

Steve represented a 33-year-old single mother of one whose vehicle was struck head-on by a construction truck in 2002. The client suffered life threatening injuries and was in a coma for six weeks. She required two months of brain injury rehabilitation. The client currently has serious permanent disabilities as a result of the accident including short term memory loss, impaired speech, double vision, and right side paralysis.

She is unable to return to her occupation as a dental hygienist or any other occupation. Steve Heisler and his associate Keith Kauffman negotiated a $5.5 million structured settlement at mediation. Should the client reach her life expectancy the payout increases to $9.5 million.

Case Type: Automobile Accident
Settlement: $250,000.00

Steve represented the family of a 15 year old Anne Arundel County boy who was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree. The defendant driver was also killed. Another passenger survived the crash. The defendant driver had a $300,000.00 liability policy. Steve negotiated a $250,000.00 settlement for the family. The remaining $50,000.00 was tendered to the surviving passenger.

Case Type: Automobile Accident
Settlement: $200,000.00

Steve’s client, an elderly lady from West Virginia, was seriously injured when the car she was traveling in was struck by a negligent driver in Garrett County, Maryland. The lady suffered a broken back and detached retina. Steve negotiated a $100,000.00 settlement with the defendant driver’s insurance company and was successful in getting his client’s West Virginia insurance company to “stack” an additional $100,000.00 for a total settlement of $200,000.00.

Case Type: Automobile Accident
Settlement: $100,000.00

Steve represented a five year old Eastern Shore boy who was struck by a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road while the boy was riding his bike. Steve’s client suffered a traumatic brain injury and serious fractures which required him to spend an extended period of time in a rehabilitation center. The boy now has permanent brain damage. The case settled for the driver’s policy limits of $100,000.00.

Case Type: Automobile Accident
Settlement: $95,000.00

Steve represented a 36-year-old Cecil County man who was rear ended while stopped at a red light. The force of the impact was severe and his client’s vehicle was totaled. Steve’s client suffered a cerebral concussion, a C5-6 disc herniation, and a L2-3 disc protrusion. He received a 30% whole-body permanent disability rating. Steve settled the case with the insurance company for $95,000.00.