Have you been injured in a truck accident in Dundalk, Maryland? The aftermath of an accident can be a traumatic and distressing event in your life. You can suffer severe injuries in a truck accident and be unable to pay for medical treatment. Sadly, collisions involving trucks result in countless people getting injured or even killed. We represent personal injury cases involving truck accidents in Dundalk.
We will fight for your legal rights if you have been injured. We will stand behind you while building your case against all who are liable. As you recover from your injuries, our personal injury attorneys will work hard to obtain the best possible compensation you deserve. It is important to know your rights, and a Dundalk truck accident lawyer from our law firm can help you establish your personal injury case.
We Work On Contingency Fees
Hiring a personal injury attorney is commonly thought to be costly. Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to pay upfront fees. In addition, you will not be charged a retainer or any hourly fees. Our fee is based on the money we recover for you if we win your case. We put you first, and we will do our best to help you receive a fair settlement.
For legal consultation with a truck accident attorney in Dundalk, call (410)777-8960
Compensation You May Be Entitled To Receive In Dundalk Truck Accidents
The following are examples of compensation you may be entitled to receive:
- Medical expenses incurred and for upcoming medical care
- Inability to earn income and future earnings
- Physical and psychological pain and suffering
- Disfigurement or physical incapacity
- Punitive damages
If you were injured in a truck accident, you are probably facing severe injuries that have you out of work. We understand just how devasting the injuries a victim can suffer in a truck accident. And we know the stress you must be facing with bills continuing to come in while your bank account slowly diminishes. Or worse still, dealing with the loss of a loved one. You don’t have to face this alone. Our truck accident attorneys serving Dundalk can help.
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Check Out What Our Clients Say About Us
We are grateful to our many clients who take the time to post reviews about how hard we worked for them. Here are just a few of the many five-star reviews we have on Google:
“Adam did such an outstanding job handling my first case that when I unfortunately had a second accident, I immediately went back to him. He is very knowledgeable and handled my cases in a professional manner. He is honest, responsive, and puts his client’s interest first. I would recommend Adam to anyone looking for a great PI attorney.” — Maira S.
“I recommend Mr. Smallow to anyone who needs personal injury and other representation. He has been our family lawyer for many years; probably since the beginning of his firm. His staff is great. He is always there to talk to you personally. He and his staff work their hardest for you to get the best settlement they can. The firm is small in size but big in service. They’re like family. You’ll enjoy working with them.” — Robyn W.
“Mr. Smallow is absolutely the best! He truly fights to obtain the very best results for his clients. His team are truly top notch—keeping you informed every step of the way. If you want professionalism, expertise and a law firm that cares and does their very best from start to finish —call Adam and his Dream Team—you won’t be disappointed!” — Pattie
You deserve treatment like this. You can learn more during your free initial consultation.
A Truck Accident Claim Could Be Affected By These Mistakes
You deserve to receive compensation for your losses following a truck accident, but there are certain mistakes you should avoid to protect yourself and your claim.
Not Getting Medical Treatment As Soon As Possible
Failure to seek medical care can put your health at risk. Don’t make assumptions. Consult your doctor after any accident. There may be hidden injuries that could take weeks to appear. Also, if you wait, the trucking company’s insurer may argue that you were not as severely injured as you claim. In addition, follow your doctor’s advice completely. Skipping treatments can also be used against you.
Failing To Report And Obtain The Police Report
After any accident with injuries or substantial property damage, you should contact emergency services. A police report is a vital piece of evidence when filing your claim. It can describe the events as the investigating officer perceives them. It will collect contact and insurance information of the parties involved. It could also include statements, diagrams, possibly photos, and whether a ticket was issued.
Failing To Preserve Evidence
If your safety and health permit, it is recommended to photograph the accident scene, including the damage of the vehicles involved. You could also save personal effects and clothing.
That said, most truck accident victims will be too injured to photograph the accident scene or preserve any evidence, but your attorney can. Your attorney can be quite helpful in this regard. Once contacted, your attorney can begin investigating. They can take photos, secure security videos, speak with witnesses, talk with your doctors, collect records, and obtain reports.
Sharing More Than The Basics With The Insurance Company
When you speak with the insurance adjusters, they may record your statements, and they could use anything you say against you later. They may also use questionable tactics to get you to admit to incorrect information or greater fault. You should always stick to the basic facts when you speak with them. Don’t deviate and give an opinion or become emotional.
A truck accident lawyer can speak to the insurance companies on your behalf. They know the tactics adjusters use and can protect your interests.
Agreeing To An Initial Settlement Offer
You never want to agree to a settlement offer without knowing the full extent of your losses. Some insurance companies may think they are helping you by offering you money early. If you accept their offer, though, you cannot ask for more later.
With the help of a personal injury lawyer, you can determine a fair settlement offer that covers not only your present expenses but any losses you may have to deal with in the future.
Failing To Speak With An Attorney
There is no law that says you must use a lawyer, but there are benefits. As stated, a law firm can investigate your accident and determine a fair settlement value, but they can also handle filing your claim and lawsuit, negotiating on your behalf, and representing you in court.
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What We Must Prove To Win Your Case
After a truck accident, we must evaluate who is responsible for the collision that injured you. There are four factors we have to prove to establish legal liability in this situation:
- Duty of care: The at-fault party must have owed you a legal duty of dare. Everyone who drives on Maryland’s streets and highways must obey the traffic laws.
- Breach of the duty: When someone fails to uphold their legal obligation, it is negligence. Let’s say that the tractor-trailer driver fell asleep at the wheel after driving for 14 straight hours without a rest break in violation of federal law. The truck driver’s act of breaking this law was negligent.
- Causation: Any collision could involve multiple careless acts. However, only the conduct that caused or contributed to the crash creates liability. If the truck driver’s drowsy driving was unrelated to what caused the collision, you could not use that act to prove negligence. However, if they crashed into your car because they fell asleep at the wheel, the negligence caused the accident.
- Measurable damages: If you were lucky enough to have a “near miss” instead of an accident, you might not have a claim. However, if you suffered harm in a collision, your physical and emotional injuries would satisfy the fourth element— quantifiable losses.
In this scenario, the facts satisfy all four elements of liability, so we could pursue a claim for compensation for your injuries and losses.
Contact The Law Offices Of Adam M. Smallow Today
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a Dundalk truck accident, we may be able to help. Find out your legal options when you contact us. The consultation is free, and there are no obligations. Once a client, you can reach us anytime. We even provide you with a unique text number for 24-hour communication.