Truck Accidents – An Unexpected Hazard of Holiday TravelNovember 27, 2018
As the holiday season quickly approaches, roads tend to get busier and more congested, thanks to the spike in retail shopping and the number of people who travel this time of year. In fact, according to the Bureau of Travel Statistics, over 90 percent of holiday travelers travel by car to get to their destination.
In addition to the increased number of passenger vehicles on the roads this time of year, there are more commercial trucks delivering packages across the country. With the increased number of cars and trucks sharing the road, there is an increased risk of serious truck accidents.
Unfortunately, it is usually the occupants of the passenger vehicles who suffer the most severe injuries.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 95,000 people were seriously injured in truck accidents in 2015, and over 70 percent of the victims were occupants of the car, SUV, or other passenger vehicle that was involved in the accident.
It is important to know what steps to take after a truck accident, so that the victim’s rights are protected.
Document the events leading up to the crash: If you are physically able to do so, exchange information with the other drivers involved. Speak to witnesses who may have seen the accident happen and ask if they would be willing to provide a statement.
Take pictures of the accident scene, including the damage to the vehicles involved, and any debris or skid marks on the road. Include the weather conditions at the time of the crash.
Get immediate medical attention: Truck accidents often cause severe, possibly life-threatening injuries. Even if the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, they should be evaluated by a medical professional, in order to rule out any underlying issues.
Even relatively minor injuries like whiplash can become serious if they are left untreated.
Contact an experienced truck accident lawyer: A skilled lawyer will protect your legal rights and recommend the best legal source of action based on the details of your case.
Truck accident victims are often eligible to collect damages for things like medical expenses, lost income and future earning potential, property damage, and pain and suffering. Due to the massive size of the average commercial truck, and the damage they can cause, victims tend to suffer massive injuries that can take months or even years to recover from.
Oftentimes, the victim may need long-term medical care, which can be very expensive.
Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Compensation for Truck Accident Victims
If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident during the holiday season, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. When there are more commercial trucks in close proximity to passenger vehicles, there is a greater risk of serious accidents. We are committed to protecting your rights and obtaining the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. We will not stop fighting for you until we have your complete satisfaction. To set up a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent truck accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.