Everything You Need to Know About Truck AccidentsMay 2, 2019
There is no doubt that truck accidents are some of the most destructive and devastating accidents that occur on roads and highways across the country. The property damage is often extreme and if the victims involved were lucky enough to survive the crash, they most likely suffered severe injuries. Unfortunately, truck accidents are all too common, but the more information other motorists have about the dangers of truck accidents, the more steps they can take to avoid them.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), large trucks are responsible for close to eight percent of all fatal traffic accidents, and three percent of all crashes that involve injuries and property damage. The reason why these accidents are so dangerous is because of the massive size and weight of the average tractor-trailer; large trucks can weigh over 70,000 pounds. In a collision involving a truck and a passenger vehicle, the car does not stand a chance.
Steps to Take After a Truck Accident
If you are involved in a truck accident, it is important to call 911 immediately, if you are physically able to do so. The 911 operator will send police and emergency medical personnel to the scene of the accident. It is also important to document as much information about the accident as possible. Take pictures of the scene if you can, including the damage to your vehicle, the truck, and the immediate surroundings. Exchange information with the truck driver, including contact and insurance information. Do not accept calls from the truck driver’s insurance company or speak to a representative from the trucking company.
An experienced truck accident lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation to determine who caused the accident. They will obtain a copy of the police report and examine eyewitness testimonies, as well as conduct interviews with the truck driver and the truck company to confirm whether the truck driver was properly trained and if they were following the hours of service regulations. A truck accident lawyer can also request a driver qualification file from the trucking company, which provides detailed information about the driver’s history, and any relevant medical test results.
The nature of the accident and the severity of the injuries will determine how much a truck accident case is worth. However, if the truck driver was at fault, you can expect to be compensated for your injuries, related medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If the injuries are fatal, the surviving family members may be eligible for death benefits.
Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims Injured in Truck Accidents
If you or someone you know was seriously injured in a truck accident, contact the Baltimore truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Our experienced team will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve and ensure that your rights are protected. To schedule 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.