The 5 Most Common Types of Car Accidents

Most people prefer to believe that they'll never be involved in a car crash. In reality, collisions can happen to anyone, even if you consider yourself a careful driver or you have a clean driving record. It's worth reading up on the most common types of car collisions to educate yourself on how they happen—and how you can avoid them. 1) Sideswipe Accidents When two cars are travelling parallel to one another Read More

5 Tips for Better Pedestrian Safety

Think pedestrians always have the right-of-way? Think again! Pedestrians only have the legal right-of-way when they're passing through controlled intersections and marked crosswalks. Even then, it's important to do your part as a pedestrian to stay safe and avoid accidents. Every pedestrian—whether you're young or old; able-bodied or living with a disability—can benefit from the following safety tips. Stay Read More

The 2 Most Common Compensatory Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Being involved in a vehicle collision can be a traumatizing experience. Not only do you have to deal with the physical and emotional repercussions of your injuries, but more often than not, your financial well-being is also affected. When it comes to damages awarded in a personal injury lawsuit—specifically vehicular collisions—you may be able to receive compensatory damages. Let’s explore what this means and what Read More

An Overview of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Vehicular and pedestrian collisions can happen at any moment, and they happen in the blink of an eye. In an instant, you could sustain a serious bodily injury before you even knew what hit you. Even worse, if at any time during the collision  you hit your head—even if you didn’t black out—there’s a chance you could have sustained a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Individuals who discover they have sustained a TBI Read More

Riding Shotgun: 4 Guidelines for Drivers When Your Passenger is Injured in a Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident changes your day in a moment, even if there are no injuries and little damage to the vehicles involved. Now take this same scenario, and imagine that you have a passenger in your vehicle with you who has sustained an injury during a crash. The steps that you take following the incident just got more complicated. Let’s take a look at four things that you, as a driver, need to Read More

Truck Accidents and Their 4 Most Common Causes

Any type of motor vehicle accident can be scary, but when a large truck is involved, it can be especially terrifying. Whether it’s a big rig or a delivery truck, large vehicles naturally creates a more dangerous situation when pitted against a smaller passenger vehicle. Before getting a driver’s license we have to study the rules of the road and commit to driving safely, but what happens when others on the road Read More

Comparing Contributory vs. Comparative Negligence

Perez Halpern, LLC serves the jurisdictions of Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia. All three of these states follow a legal standard known as “contributory negligence” when it comes to apportioning fault and monetary damages in an accident. North Carolina and Alabama are the only other two jurisdictions that, along with these three, still follow the contributory negligence standard in the whole of the Read More

Preventing Motorcycle Accidents: A Checklist

Riding a motorcycle appeals to people for a variety of reasons: maybe they enjoy the feeling of being free on the road, it’s more affordable than a car, or they like a sense of adventure. Whatever the case may be, many will tell you that this form of transportation is significantly more dangerous than driving a car. When you’re on the open road, how can you be safer?   Tip 1: Be smart about the weather - Read More

Personal Injury Law 101: An Introduction to Auto Accident Negligence

Accidents can happen when you least expect them. If you’ve been injured in an accident—such as a crash on the Beltway—your access to legal recourse will depend on your ability to show how the accident happened and who was responsible. Auto accident cases, as with most personal injury cases, revolve around the question of negligence. In basic legal terms, you and every other driver on the road must take “reasonable Read More