Truck accidents can be very serious situations. These accidents often occur at high speeds and involve a collision with a vehicle much larger in size than your own, causing a more serious impact than one that may occur in another type of auto accident. Accidents even at low speeds with such heavy vehicles, such as 18-wheelers or semi-trucks, can lead to serious injuries. As a result, you may find yourself facing huge costs in relation to vehicle damage as well as medical bills. In addition, you might be facing questions related to any injuries, vehicle damage, or financial recovery.
In a situation such as this, you should hold the truck driver—and potentially their employer—responsible for their actions. To do so, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney in Maryland that understands these types of cases.
Your truck accident attorney will want specific details about the incident rather than generalities. In order to best represent you, there are a few questions your attorney will ask regarding the accident to help them determine if you have a viable suit. It is beneficial to be thoroughly prepared for this by gathering certain relative information to allow your truck accident attorney to best evaluate your case.
Details about the trucking company or driver.
Try to gather as much information as you can about the trucking company. Key pieces of information include the name of the company, the truck driver’s name, the driver’s commercial driver’s license number, and the truck’s license plate number. It’s often that the trucking company ends up being the financially responsible party so details specific to the company itself can often prove to be very valuable.
Details about the accident itself
Bring your truck accident attorney as many specifics about the accident itself. Let your attorney know if a police report was filed and if anyone was charged with a traffic violation in relation to the accident. If you have any photographs or videos of the scene available make sure to provide these as well. Try to recall all you remember about how the collision occurred. Make sure to include the time that it happened, what the conditions were like (i.e. weather, and what the traffic conditions were). In addition, if you have any contact information for any witnesses, provide this to your attorney as well. The condition of your vehicle before and after the accident is another important factor to note. All of these details may help an attorney better understand the magnitude of the accident.
Details about injuries and your medical records from the truck accident
Be prepared to discuss the injuries you sustained as a result of the accident with your truck accident attorney. It is beneficial to bring any relevant medical records documenting the immediate diagnosis following the accident, as well as any treatment received.
Make sure to learn as much as you can about the other party, their employer, and the accident itself. Assembling all of this relevant information and bringing it to your attorney will greatly speed up the process of filing a legal claim.
Although it is helpful to be as prepared as possible prior to meeting with an attorney, don’t worry if you do not have all of the information described above. Meeting with a truck accident attorney can help to clarify what additional information is needed and how to obtain it.
You deserve to be compensated if a commercial truck driver injures you because of careless driving, driver fatigue, or because their vehicle was in an unsafe condition. Contact an experienced Maryland truck accident attorney if you were involved in an accident caused by a truck driver.
Whether you have questions about how to file a lawsuit after a truck accident or simply have questions regarding what next steps to take, the personal injury attorneys at Potter Burnett Law can confidently handle your claim in the Maryland and Washington D.C. area. Get started today by contacting Potter Burnett Law.