Washington, D.C., Attorney Applauds Maryland Law Boosting Automotive Liability Insurance Amounts

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Lawyer Michael A. Abelson says new law protects working families who have loved ones hurt in accidents.

Michael A. Abelson

“Working families are the ones who suffer the most from the cost of accidents and injuries, because they typically don’t have financial resources to draw from to cover months and even years worth of expenses. This new law is about protecting them ..."

Michael Abelson, a lawyer who practices in Maryland and Washington, D.C., says he supports the State of Maryland’s new law requiring higher minimums for automotive liability insurance.

“The minimal increase in expense required of the new law will pay untold dividends in the protection of individuals injured in automobile accidents, as well as to the loved ones of people killed in car accidents,” said Abelson, the founder of the Abelson Law Firm, which concentrates on injury, accident and medical malpractice cases.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill into law May 4 that increases the minimum amounts of coverage for bodily claims or death from a motor vehicle accident -- from $20,000 to $30,000 for one person, and from $40,000 to $60,000 for any two or more individuals.

The law applies to all vehicle liability insurance policies issued, delivered or renewed in the state, starting January 1, 2011.

The law increases minimum liability limits for vehicle owners' auto insurance for the first time in 38 years. Those who carry comprehensive automotive insurance with higher coverage -- as many as 90 percent of drivers in the state by some estimates -- will not be affected.

Opponents of the measure say it will drive up the costs of insurance premiums. But Abelson said the change is needed to protect working families.

“Maryland’s law follows the national trend of increasing liability minimums, and it’s appropriate,” Abelson said. “Working families are the ones who suffer the most from the cost of accidents and injuries, because they typically don’t have financial resources to draw from to cover months and even years worth of expenses. This new law is about protecting them from other drivers' negligence.”

About the Abelson Law Firm

The Abelson Law Firm assists victims of car accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, defective products and other acts of negligence within the metropolitan Washington D.C. area, as well as throughout the State of Maryland. Our mission is to seek justice and fair compensation for seriously injured victims and their families. For a free review of your case, call (888) 797-4242 or (202) 331-0600, or visit http://www.abelsonlaw.com.

Senior attorney Michael A. Abelson has received the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Trial Lawyers Association of Washington, D.C. and has been listed in “The Cream of the Legal Establishment” by Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Abelson has more than 30 years of legal experience and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice.

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