5 Reasons You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney After a Car Accident

It is an unfortunate truth that car accident related injuries happen all the time. In fact, in 2018, an average of over 135 people were injured daily due to car accidents in Maryland alone. No one really plans to be injured in car accidents. For this reason, when disaster does strike, it can be hard to know the proper course of action to take. Why should you hire a personal injury attorney after a car accident?


Differences Between Felonies and Misdemeanors in Maryland

There are two categories for criminal offenses in Maryland, felonies and misdemeanors.  It’s generally known that misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, but in Maryland, some misdemeanors can carry longer jail sentences than felonies.  Here we’ll explain why the difference matters, why there’s confusion between the two, how to identify each, and how you can best protect yourself from these charges. 


How Can Criminal Charges Affect Immigration Proceedings?

If you have a criminal history, you need to speak with an experienced immigration attorney before applying for citizenship or being involved in other immigration proceedings.  If the crime is considered serious, you risk not only being denied citizenship, but having your green card taken away from you and being deported.  Immigration laws are very complex and each unique situation will be treated differently based on how the case is presented.  This is important to keep in mind while we discuss the basics of how criminal charges can affect immigration proceedings.


Will a DWI or DUI Affect Your License Points?

The MVA uses license points in order to decide whether a driver should enroll in a Driver Improvement Program, be suspended from driving or have their license revoked after failing to follow driving laws.  Points often accumulate after minor violations, such as speeding 15 mph over the limit, failing to use a turn signal, or running a red light, but only by 1 or 2 points for each violation.  The penalties for DWIs and DUIs, on the other hand, are much more severe.  In many states there are no points added in addition to the consequences of the charge, but in Maryland, 8 license points are added for a DWI, and 12 license points are added for a DUI. 


What Are the Penalties for a DUI or DWI Charge?

In Maryland, police officers are constantly on the lookout for intoxicated drivers.  DUI and DWI charges are enforced on anyone who is caught driving impaired.  This strict enforcement is likely why Maryland has fewer drunk driving fatalities than other states, as well as why fatalities and serious injuries among drunk drivers are steadily declining.  Before making the decision to drive impaired, or if you’ve recently been arrested for doing so, it’s important to understand the penalties for a DUI or DWI charge in Maryland and how these penalties can be reduced. 


What to Do After a Car Accident

It’s an important responsibility for any driver to understand what should be done after a car accident.  In Maryland alone there are over 100,000 accidents every year, so whether you’ve recently experienced an accident or you just want to be better prepared, here’s what you should (and perhaps more importantly shouldn’t) do after a car accident.


The Deadline for REAL ID Compliance Is Only One Year Away

As we enter October, it’s important to remember that the deadline for REAL ID compliance is less than a year away. Starting October 1, 2020, all air travelers are required to present a state-issued driver’s license, valid passport, military ID or REAL ID-compliant driver’s license to board a flight within the United States. If you are not prepared for REAL ID compliance, you will not be able to get to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint or fly.


What Compensation Can You Receive in a Car Accident Claim?

Every accident is different, and in the aftermath of a car accident, your biggest priority is your safety and the well-being of everyone who was in your car. However, once you are entering the recovery period, you need to start thinking about your car accident claim value. Will you be able to recover money sufficient for covering the cost of your medical treatment? Will you be able to purchase a new vehicle if yours is totaled? Understanding the compensation that you can receive in a car accident claim is critical.


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