Car Accidents

Illegally Parked Car Accidents


Illegally parked cars can pose dangers to approaching motorists.

Parking regulations are typically designed to facilitate the free flow of traffic or for the safety of motorists lawfully traveling on the road. An illegally parked car on a highway, in a travel lane, near a sharp bend in the roadway or a hill is a serious danger. Drivers that leave their cars in such dangerous locations are responsible for the injuries they cause.

Motorcyclist seriously injured due to car abandoned in a highway exit lane.

Motorcyclist unable to avoid parked car

Maryland car accident lawyer, George Patterson obtained a $210,000 award for a motorcyclist that changed lanes into an exit lane and was confronted by a parked car with a flat tire. The motorcyclist attempted to bring his motorcycle to a stop but was unable to do so before striking the illegally parked car. The impact propelled the driver through the air and left him with a broken leg and unable to move out of a travel lane. Fortunately, traffic was able to avoid striking the motorcyclist. The insurance company for the driver of the car denied the claim and suit was filed.  The Maryland car accident lawyers at Patterson Law have each handled hundreds of car accident cases throughout Maryland.

Accident Reconstructionist Proves Case

Physics established driver could not avoid illegally parked car

George Patterson hired an engineer from the University of Maryland to reconstruct the accident. The accident reconstructionist was able to calculate the speed of the motorcyclist at the time he applied his brakes and the speed at the time he struck the car. This evidence contradicted testimony by an independent witness that thought the motorcyclist was driving “too fast.” The accident reconstructionist was able to identify the distance that was required for a motorcyclist to perceive the stopped vehicle, react and bring the motorcycle to a stop from a speed of 60 mph. The accident reconstruction proved that it would have been impossible for the motorcyclist to stop once he saw the stopped car.

Most driver’s need at least one second to identify an illegally parked vehicle before they can apply the brakes or attempt to make a lane change.

Judge rejects claims to blame the driver

Driver of illegally parked car held responsible

The driver of the disabled vehicle claimed in discovery that he was unable to move the car to a safe location because it suffered an unexpected flat tire. Aerial photographs showed that the car could have been driven hundreds of feet forward to a safe location. The independent witness also confirmed that the driver of the car failed to activate his hazards. The judge found that the motorcyclist was faced with a sudden emergency and acted appropriately. The judge further concluded that the driver of the car was negligent at a minimum for not activating his hazards. The motorcyclist suffered multiple fractures that often required immediate surgery. The judge was advised that the fractures to the ankle, knee and leg would lead to the early onset of arthritis. An experienced motorcycle attorney can make sure that your treating doctors or independent experts document the full extent of your injuries. Every accident case is different and past results in other motorcycle accident cases are often not an accurate method of predicting results. A detailed evaluation by an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer is necessary for a proper evaluation.

Mr. Patterson made himself available and always thoroughly explained things to us through every step of the process. He did a great job, and while the whole situation was very hard on us, working with him was a great experience. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone in a similar situation.

Daniel T

A Motorcycle Accident Client.

As far as most insurance companies are concerned, a motorist that hits a parked car is responsible for the crash in the same way that a motorist who strikes a car stopped at a red light is responsible for the accident. This logic is flawed. Drivers have sufficient notice that they will need to stop for traffic at a red light and often little time to react to an illegally parked car.

Maria Patterson, Car Accident Lawyer

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Patterson Law takes pride with every client that recovers. Recovery is more than the settlements and verdicts obtained for our clients. Each and every one of these clients had been shepherded through a process where powerful insurance companies fought to defeat or minimize their claims. Each result represents a client’s dignity being affirmed.

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The Maryland illegally parked car accident lawyers at Patterson Law have handled serious concussion, road rash, and car accident cases in courts in Upper Marlboro, La Plata, Annapolis, Rockville, and Prince Frederick. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident please contact lawyer, The Rockville motorcycle accident lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott serve clients in Prince George's, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's and Baltimore Counties. Our clients are from Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Forestville, Prince Frederick, Leonardtown, Annapolis, Edgewater, Rockville, Mayo, Bethesda, Germantown, Olney, Beltsville, Deale, Bethesda, Severna Park, Largo, Landover, Oxon Hill, La Plata, Waldorf, Crofton, Columbia and Riverdale.

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Please call the illegally parked car lawyer George Patterson for a free consultation to discuss your case. The Maryland car accident lawyers of Patterson Law may be reached at 301-383-1522 or after hours or on weekends at 240-893-7474. The Maryland illegally parked car accident lawyers are located near the intersection of Route 301 and Route 50 in Bowie, Maryland and have an office next to the Circuit Court building in Rockville.

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