According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), large truck and bus injury crashes increased four percent from 2016 to 2017. Truck accidents are extremely dangerous, often leading to serious injury or death. If you were involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle, it’s important to take the right steps to protect your rights and receive fair compensation. Read on to learn more from the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek.
Remove Yourself From Danger
The first step you should take following a vehicle collision is to remove yourself from any danger. If possible, remove your car from the road and turn on your hazard lights so that other drivers on the road can see your car, and call 911 immediately. Once the police arrive, fill out an accident report and request a copy for your records.
While at the scene of the crash, exchange information with the driver of the commercial vehicle. Important information includes the driver’s name, their phone number, their insurance company, their driver’s license, and the contact information of their employer. During this time, survey the scene to check if there are any witnesses. You can collect witness statements or ask for their contact information in case you need a statement later.
Seek Medical Treatment
It’s important to seek medical treatment following a vehicle accident, even if you don’t believe you have sustained an injury. Failing to seek treatment after a truck accident could hinder your ability to seek compensation for injuries later.
Photograph the entire scene with your smartphone or camera. Pictures may help you with your case down the road. If you have visible injuries, photograph the injuries as well. It is crucial to any case you may have that you document the accident and your injuries.
Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were the victim of a truck accident in Maryland, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries or damages that occurred. Talk to a personal injury attorney about your case as soon as possible. It’s important to speak with an attorney before the insurance adjuster or any other party. Call the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek today.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.