Baltimore is one of the busiest trucking cities on the east coast. With the Port of Baltimore and the ever-expanding shipping industry as a result of the Amazon distribution centers, the trucking business and industry is booming in the state of Maryland. Trucking companies pay drivers per mile to deliver their packages as quickly as possible. The ever-increasing pressure to deliver more packages at a faster rate creates an unsafe environment for trucks and delivery vans throughout Baltimore. As drivers are encouraged to deliver their loads as quickly as possible, they often cut corners when it comes to safety on the roads. This presents dangerous situations on the highways and interstates in and around Baltimore.
If you’re hit by an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck, you probably have a lot of questions and don’t know what to do next. It’s important to follow the steps below to ensure that you’re protected and compensated for your injuries and damages.
Unfortunately, most accidents with commercial vehicles involve injury to the driver or passengers in other vehicles. Commercial vehicles can weigh in excess of 60,000 pounds and cause maximum damage to smaller passenger vehicles. Even a low speed crash may result in serious injuries. It is not uncommon right after the accident that the victim of a trucking accident does not realize that they’ve been injured.
It is imperative that anyone injured or involved in a trucking accident in Baltimore should visit a medical provider as soon as possible. Unknown injuries maybe present such as broken bones, internal injuries or spinal damage. It is not uncommon for the victims in a trucking accident be taken to a hospital by an ambulance immediately after the crash.
As experienced Baltimore trucking accident lawyers, we have seen numerous clients try to “get through” their injuries without the necessary medical care and treatment. The longer an individual waits to seek medical treatment, injuries may worsen overtime without proper care.
It is important than anyone involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle or an 18-wheeler seek treatment by a doctor or physical therapist. To ensure all medical bills are paid, speaking with an experienced attorney can help maximize the compensation and ensure all costs are paid or reimbursed.
After a truck crash, is important to collect and preserve all evidence of the crash. The most important and crucial evidence that can be collected at the scene are photographs. It is suggested that pictures are taken of all vehicles involved including the 18-wheeler or commercial vehicle. In addition, any skid marks or other evidence of the crash should be photographed or noted to the police.
After any type of vehicle accident, the police department should be contacted to create a police report and obtain all necessary information at the scene. Trucking accidents are monitored by the federal government. Because the trucking industry is regulated, all data from crash accidents and traffic accidents is documented and submitted to the appropriate agency.
This collection of information by the police will ensure an accurate report is developed and that all information is obtained for the future claim.
In serious accidents that result in life-threatening injuries or death, a more thorough investigation will be completed by a crash team for the local law enforcement agency. This may include measurements of the vehicles distance from one another as well as other factors that contributed to the accident.
In less serious trucking accidents, a routine investigation will be conducted, but the necessary evidence and information should be collected. Trucking companies and their insurance companies will typically send an investigator to the scene and contact their lawyers. Since they are conducting their investigation, you should have your own team of trucking accident lawyers working for you.
Our Baltimore truck accident lawyers can deploy a team of investigators to the scene to determine liability and establish a personal injury claim on your behalf.
Trucking companies protect their drivers for personal injury and wrongful death accidents with huge policies. The trucking companies know that when truck accidents occur there is often serious injuries. It’s also means that they will fight hard to protect their money and pay as little as possible on the claim. You will need an attorney who has success in litigating truck accidents on your side. The sooner you contact an Baltimore 18-wheeler accident attorney the better your claim will be to win.
After a trucking accident, if a victim is injured or killed, there are various damages that may be sought. These may include:
If you have been a victim of a trucking accident in Baltimore Maryland, contact the attorneys with the Law Offices of Randolph Rice to discuss your case. Let there experienced trial lawyers go to work for you and ensuring the maximum compensation after your accident.