Were you injured in a truck accident? Medical bills piling up? Unable to work due to your injuries? An accident involving a truck can be devastating. Because of the truck’s size, passengers in a regular automobile can suffer severe injuries.
A Brandywine personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can help you fight for compensation for your injuries. Get a free consultation about your case.
What Damages Can You Expect to Recover?
Injuries from a truck accident are often much more severe than in a typical vehicle collision. Some of the injuries you might experience in a truck accident include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Wrongful death
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
Medical bills can add up quickly while you’re trying to heal and regain normalcy in your life. After a truck accident, some of the compensation you may be able to collect include:
- Medical bills, including for emergency care, hospitalization, and treatment
- Ongoing medical care, such as for future treatment or physical therapy
- Lost or reduced wages due to an inability to work with your injuries
- Diminished earning capacity if you are unable to work or take a lower-paying position
- Pain and suffering, including loss of consortium and loss of quality of life
Any compensation should account for current bills and expenses and expected future expenditures, including future lost or reduced wages. Working with a personal injury lawyer at our firm will allow you to work on healing while they manage your claim.
For legal consultation with a truck accident attorney in Brandywine, call (410)777-8960
How a Brandywine Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, our attorneys will fight for your compensation. We maintain an open phone line 24/7 to serve our clients better. You will have a unique phone number to text questions as a client.
Our attorneys will advise you of the status of your claim, so you always know what is happening.
While you heal, our lawyers will be busy gathering the evidence necessary to support your claim. Some of the evidence we help collect and organize includes:
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- Truck maintenance logs
- The truck driver’s driving history
- And more
Further, our firm can negotiate a settlement with the insurer and truck carrier, take over communications on your behalf, and help you navigate the court system in pursuit of fair compensation for your injuries.
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Liability for a Truck Accident in Maryland
If a truck driver caused your accident, the driver and their employer may be liable for your damages, as employers are generally liable for their employees’ negligence. Some truck carriers may even contribute to accidents if they hire unqualified drivers or fail to maintain or inspect their vehicles.
A truck accident case often involves multiple liable parties, which may include:
- Truck driver
- Truck carrier
- Truck manufacturer
- Maintenance company
How Long Do You Have to File a Lawsuit?
In Maryland, per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-101, you have three years from an injury to file a civil lawsuit. If you fail to meet this deadline, then you may be unable to recover the compensation you need to cover your losses, like medical bills and lost wages.
Our attorneys can help you file your paperwork and meet the deadlines that apply to your case so you do not lose your right to pursue damages.
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Quiet Serenity Next to a Major Truck Route
Brandywine, Maryland, offers a bit of quiet serenity just outside of major metropolitan areas. Nearby the Brandywine Area Recreation Area offers seasonal hiking, day activities, and camping. The entire area provides a breath of fresh air within a short drive of a central metropolitan area.
Highway 301 (US 301) runs north and south through the area, intersecting with Maryland Route 5 (MD 5) at Brandywine. The highway may serve as a bypass route for some large trucks avoiding the traffic and headaches of the interstate highways near the major cities. The truck traffic poses unique driving situations for residents and visitors to the area.
Suppose you find yourself involved in a vehicle accident with a truck. In that case, there are several immediate steps that you should take.
First Steps after a Truck-Automobile Accident
Accidents between a passenger vehicle and a large truck can result in serious injury to occupants in the smaller vehicle. Although we never plan on a collision, knowing what to do after one can help.
Immediately check the condition of everyone in your vehicle. Try to remain calm and assess the situation.
If It Is Safe, Move Your Vehicle
If you can still operate your vehicle, move it out of the path of traffic. If you are able and need to leave your vehicle, make sure it is safe to do so.
Call 911 to request assistance. The dispatcher may send the police and emergency response personnel.
Gathering Information at the Scene
If you are not incapacitated, begin gathering information about the accident. From the other driver, you should get the following:
- Name of their employer
- Find out who owns the truck that hit you
- Get the truck owner’s information, including the make, model, or style of the truck
- Get insurance information about the truck, including the policy number
Try to get identification information from eyewitnesses. Include names, addresses, and phone numbers.
Don’t Make Comments at the Scene
Do not admit fault. You’re angry and upset. You may be feeling like you could have avoided the collision. No matter what you think at the moment, it is essential that you do not say anything that the other driver may use later.
Stay on the scene until the police and emergency medical personnel arrive. Stick to the facts when you give your statement.
Seek Help for Your Injuries
Suppose you are not transported to a medical facility via ambulance. In that case, you still need to seek medical evaluation for your injuries. Soft-tissue injuries may not “hurt” until hours, and sometimes days, after an accident. Adrenalin causes our body to ignore the signs of injury in some cases.
Whiplash, concussion, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may not be apparent right after an accident. Do not wait – you should seek medical evaluation as soon as possible after an accident.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Make sure to notify your insurance company as soon as possible after an accident. Do not agree to a recorded statement, however, until you first speak with a Brandywine truck accident lawyer.
Get Photographs of the Scene
If you can move around, take photographs of the scene. Include all the vehicles involved. Use caution and remain out of the roadway and away from moving traffic.
A Brandywine Truck Accident Lawyer That Works for You
The Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow is eager to help you sort through the legalities of filing a personal injury claim in Maryland. If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact us for a free consultation.