Every accident is different, so there is no average truck accident settlement in Maryland. A lawyer can help you understand how much your truck accident is worth after investigating the extent of your injuries, the cost of your medical treatment, the damage to your car, and the pain and suffering you have endured. You may be able to seek a settlement from the truck driver, owner, and/or other parties after the accident.
What Does a Truck Accident Settlement Cover?
In general, a truck accident settlement covers your tangible losses, such as your medical bills and loss of income, as well as your intangible losses, such as your pain and suffering, caused by the accident. If you lost a family member, a truck accident settlement will account for the wrongful death damages.
Here is more detailed information about exactly what you may recover in a truck accident settlement:
Truck Accident Settlements Cover Economic Damages
You may be able to recover economic damages if you experienced tangible losses because of the truck accident. Your truck accident settlement may compensate you for personal injury losses such as:
- Past medical expenses for the treatment you have already received
- Future medical expenses for treatments, surgeries, therapies, or other ongoing medical care that your doctors anticipate you will need
- Past loss of earnings if you lost out on your salary, wages, tips, and other earnings while you were recovering from the accident
- Future loss of earnings if you must take more unpaid time off work in the future as you continue to recover, if you have to take a lower-paying job because of your injuries, or if you can no longer work at all
- Property damage if you have to replace your car, repair it, or replace items within the car, such as child car seats or sound systems
Truck Accident Settlements Cover Non-Economic Damages
You may be able to recover non-economic damages if you experienced intangible losses because of your truck accident. Your truck accident settlement may compensate you for:
- Mental anguish, including new mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, caused by the accident
- Physical pain, including short-term pain during your recovery and chronic pain caused by your injuries
- Long recovery period if your injuries took a long time to heal or required multiple treatments over a long period
- Disfigurement if you sustained scars or other significant changes to your appearance
- Loss of a limb or body part resulting from the accident
- Permanent disability if the accident left you with permanent mental or physical disabilities
- Reduced quality of life if you have difficulty leaving the house, can no longer participate in activities and hobbies you used to enjoy, or have a limited quality of life in other ways
Truck Accident Settlements Cover Wrongful Death Damages
If your loved one passed away in a truck accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages for wrongful death, such as:
- Medical expenses if your loved one received medical treatment before they passed away
- Funeral and burial expenses for such services as embalming, cremation, casket, urn, burial, memorial service, and flowers
- Loss of financial contributions for the income and benefits your loved one would have earned
- Pain and suffering that you loved one experienced before they passed away
- Loss of care for the parental, marital, or filial care that your loved one can no longer provide
- Loss of society, companionship, comfort, protection, attention, advice, counsel, guidance, or education that your loved one can no longer provide
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A Lawyer Can Help You After a Truck Accident in Maryland
Seeking an insurance settlement after a truck accident can be very stressful and time-consuming. Our lawyer can help you by:
- Identifying who caused your truck accident: Truck drivers are not always responsible for truck accidents. Truck owners, truck loading companies, mechanics, and manufacturers can also be at fault. We can identify who caused your truck accident and help you seek damages from one or more parties.
- Estimating how much your settlement is worth: We can gather evidence such as your medical bills and records, vehicle repair receipts, past wage statements, and tax records to estimate the value of your settlement. You can use this estimate when evaluating settlement offers from the insurance company.
- Filing an insurance claim for you: We can organize the supporting documents we’ve collected and submit them along with your insurance claim.
- Negotiating a settlement: We can negotiate a settlement that provides you with fair compensation for your losses.
- Suing the at-fault party: We can file a lawsuit against the responsible parties and represent you in court.
File Your Truck Accident Lawsuit Before the Legal Deadline
A lawsuit may be your best avenue for recovering the settlement you deserve after a truck accident, but you must act quickly. Maryland limits how much time you have to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. If you miss the deadline, known as a statute of limitations, you might forfeit your right to sue. Here are some of the laws that may affect your case:
- Md. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-101 establishes the statute of limitations for personal injury at three years, which means you usually have three years from the date of the accident to sue for personal injury.
- Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-904 establishes the statute of limitations for wrongful death at three years, which means you generally have three years from the date your loved one passed away to sue for wrongful death. This date may be later than the date of the accident.
Our truck accident lawyer with Adam Smallow Injury Lawyers will investigate your case, determine which statutes of limitations apply to your situation, and ensure you meet all legal deadlines.
Adam Smallow Injury Lawyers Can Help With Your Truck Accident Settlement
For over ten years, Adam Smallow Injury Lawyers has fought for people like you who have suffered injuries or lost family members because of someone else’s careless behavior. Our team is available around the clock to respond to your questions and provide you with legal representation.
Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you get the settlement you deserve after a Maryland truck accident.