As one of the few attorneys in or near Elkton Maryland who regularly represent injured victims in automobile accidents, I am often contacted regarding situations that have some overlap between our neighbor state of Delaware.
As you may or may not know, our Main Street office here in Elkton is mere miles from the Delaware State line. In fact, if you follow Main street into Delaware it turns into old Baltimore Pike, intersects with Rt896, Rt 72, and ultimately comes out near what most people think of as “exit 3” off of Rt 95.
Many Marylanders travel into Delaware for work or to shop, and vice versa, and automobile collisions can happen anywhere and everywhere to absolutely anyone. We often deal with what we refer to as “crossover” situations, that could result in any of the following:
A Maryland driver involved in an accident that occurred in Delaware;
A Delaware driver involved in an accident that occurred in Maryland;
A Maryland driver involved in an accident that occurred in Maryland, but where the other party lives in or is insured in Delaware;
Or sometimes we see even more obscure situations that involve passengers from multiple states, or clients who are injured in the course of their employment in Maryland or Delaware, but the accident occurred in the opposite state!
All of this seems confusing and complicated, and sometimes it can be. In fact, there are incredibly vast differences in some areas of the laws in these States that relate to automobile accidents and insurance that it’ll make anyone who does not have familiarity in both State’s laws head spin!
While I am not licensed in Delaware, I have colleagues who I often work very closely with on issues that overlap into Delaware law, for any of the above scenarios and even some not listed from time to time. We regularly consult each other to clarify these particularities in each state’s laws, and to make sure we are adequately representing our clients to our fullest ability.
From time to time we even work together directly on various aspects of a case with such overlap. Scenarios like this often include when a Maryland resident is involved in a Delaware incident, and our Delaware colleagues are successful in recovering all of the available insurance from the Delaware driver’s insurance company, we are then called to handle the Maryland Underinsured Motorist portion of the claim.
This close relationship, and our desire to stay completely up to date on any complex area involving overlap is crucial in selecting the proper counsel. Calling our office for any of the above scenarios will introduce you to what many have described as a seamless ability to work with highly experienced attorneys from both Delaware and Maryland.
Call us at 410-885-6200 for an absolutely free consultation and discuss the particularities of a multi-state automobile collision.