Unfortunately, car and truck accidents occur regularly on the streets and highways of Maryland. Although minor fender benders may be nearly an inconvenience, an accident involving an 18-wheeler can be devastating. An accident involving you and a large truck may sound implausible, but the number of accidents involving 18-wheelers annually are staggering. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 100,000 people injured in 2012 in accidents involving large trucks. Many of these accidents resulted from truck driver negligence. If you’re hurt in an 18-wheeler accident in Maryland, you should take the follow actions to immediately protect yourself.
Call truck accident attorney Randolph Rice at 410.288.2900 to discuss your case and how he can help you.
Call the Police after and 18 Wheeler Accident
In all likelihood, an accident with an 18-wheeler will be a major motor vehicle incident and require police assistance. Traffic is likely to be affected and the damage to your car is probably substantial. Even if the damage to your vehicle seems minor, always call the authorities and never leave the scene of the accident. Don’t engage with the truck driver while waiting for the police. Injuries may not always be immediately evident and you shouldn’t give the other driver false assurances that you’re unharmed.
Take Photographs of the 18 Wheeler Accident
Don’t feel shy about taking pictures of the accident scene. Take pictures of the damage done to both vehicles as well as the roadway. Skid marks can be telling of who was at fault. Take pictures of the license plate of the truck while also snapping photos of the other driver and any witnesses. The images can protect you in case any dispute arises after the accident.
Receive Medical Treatment
If you sustained major injuries during the crash, an ambulance needs to be called to the scene immediately. However, don’t shrug off any minor aches and pains. After the initial shock fades, you may realize you’ve been injured worse than you suspected. Accidents with 18-wheelers may cause mounting medical bills if you require doctor’s visits, surgeries, medications, and physical therapy appointments. Consult a physician following an accident with a large truck and always keep your own copies of medical records.
Collect All Documentation – We Can Help
Police reports can a week or longer to be ready for pickup. If you’re able to gather pertinent details on your own beforehand that can be helpful. At the very least, you should know the name and contact information for the other driver and the company he works for. You’ll also need his driver’s license number and the license plate number of the truck he was driving. Take names and phone numbers of any witnesses who saw what occurred. Finally, remember to get the name and policy number of the insurance company the other driver is covered under.
We can have our investigators go to the scene of the accident the following day. Take photos if you were unable to at the time of the accident and take measurements of any visible skid marks. At this time, we can also look for any outside surveillance cameras from area businesses that may have recorded the accident.
Rice Law Can Help You
The Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr. are here to help. Please reach out to us at 410.288.2900 if you’ve been injured in an 18-wheeler accident in Maryland and require legal counsel.
Attorney Randolph Rice has been recognized by numerous organizations as a leader in the Maryland legal community. He knows what it takes to challenge the big insurance companies and ensure you get what you deserve after a big rig accident. His number one priority is making sure you are taken care of after your truck accident. He knows that your health and financial well being is the the most important aspect of your case. Don’t wait, contact attorney Randolph Rice today and schedule a FREE consultation.