Baltimore, MD Truck Accident Lawyer
Ken C. GauveyPersonal Injury Attorney
Trucks are everywhere. Unfortunately, when a truck is involved in an accident it often causes significant, serious injuries.
It’s important to understand that there are two “kinds” of trucks in these kinds of claims. Commercial carriers (like Fed Ex or UPS delivery trucks, for example) are generally owned by one company, and that company is responsible for accidents caused by its drivers. On the other hand, motor carriers – big rigs, eighteen wheelers – are often “owned” by a number of different entities. The driver of such a truck is often covered by his own policy of insurance. He may be driving for a company that has another policy, and the trailer being driven may be covered by still another insurer. The laws applying to these trucks are different in several ways as well.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an accident caused by a truck, it’s important to begin protecting your rights as quickly as possible. Because these companies are responsible for so many accidents, they have a great deal of experience dealing with claimants. Their goal is always to reduce the value of your claim as much as they can. The Law Practice of Ken C. Gauvey will work for you to obtain all of the compensation you deserve.
Steps to Take After a Truck Accident in Baltimore, MD
If you or someone you love has been involved in a trucking accident, here are some important things to keep in mind:
- Right after the accident, move your vehicle to a safe place if you can.
- Contact the police. Even if it seems clear that the other driver is responsible for causing the accident, a police report can be invaluable in obtaining a fair resolution of your claim later on.
- Gather information from the other driver. Get his name, address, phone number, the name of his insurer, the name of his employer, the license plate number of his vehicle, and the make and model of his vehicle. Write down the name, address and phone number of any witnesses to the accident. This includes passengers in all of the vehicles involved. Write down the time of the accident and its location. Get the name and badge number of any police officers at the scene, as well as the police report number, if possible.
- If you have a smartphone, take photographs of the accident scene and the vehicles involved.
- Take care of yourself and other people involved in the accident! It rarely makes sense to decline emergency medical care. Remember that in the aftermath of a collision you may not realize how serious your injuries are. Go to the emergency room. If you absolutely cannot do that for some reason, make an appointment to see your family physician as soon as you can.
- When you speak with the police officer, tell him what you observed before, during and after the accident. Don’t guess or speculate. If you can’t remember something, or aren’t sure, it’s best not to venture a guess.
- Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as you can. Be prepared with the information you gathered at the scene.
- Understand that you may be entitled to certain insurance benefits from your own insurance carrier. In Maryland this may include Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, coverage for expenses related to a rental vehicle, and coverage for repairs to your vehicle. You may also be entitled to coverage if the other driver is uninsured or lacks sufficient insurance coverage.
- Keep a file or a notebook. Keep track of your expenses, of conversations with the other driver or his insurance carrier, doctor’s appointments, and so forth. The days and weeks after an accident can be a confusing time. Don’t rely on your memory. Keep this information all in one place for safe keeping.
- Retain a lawyer right away! The other driver’s insurance company will want to interview you about the accident, and whatever you say can and will be used against you to try to defeat your claim. The Law Practice of Ken C. Gauvey will immediately start working for you to protect your interests.
What Kinds of Damages Can You Recover After Baltimore Tractor-Trailor Crash?
In Maryland, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Property Damage. This includes damage to your vehicle and to other property if you can prove it was damaged in the accident.
- Lost Wages. If you miss time for work because of the accident or because of the time you must spend recovering from your injuries or seeing medical doctors, you may be paid for wages you lost.
- Medical Expenses. If you incur medical expenses and bills for healthcare treatment, you are entitled to be compensated for your expenses. This is true EVEN IF YOUR HEALTHCARE INSURER COVERS YOUR EXPENSES.
- Pain and Suffering. You most likely will experience physical pain after the automobile accident. For some people, pain and other symptoms will continue for many years, or for the rest of their lives. You may recover compensation for your pain and suffering and for any permanent disability or disfigurement you experience as a result of the accident.
Baltimore, MD Truck Accident Lawyer Offering Free Consultations
In Maryland, a claim for injury suffered in a trucking accident must be filed within three years of the date of the accident. It’s best if you act sooner than that, however, because witnesses sometimes move, or evidence or documents may be lost. Contact the Law Practice of Ken C. Gauvey as soon as possible after you’ve been involved in an accident to ensure that your right to recovery is fully protected.