According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large-truck crashes caused 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries nationwide in 2014. After all, large trucks weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, so it comes as no surprise to learn these accidents can be severe. Read on to learn how victims of trucking accidents should proceed after the event.
Immediately Following an Accident
If you are in a trucking accident, call 911 and request the emergency help you need as soon as possible. Once an ambulance arrives at the scene, take further action if you are physically able.
— Move to a safer location to prevent additional harm.
— Obtain important information from the driver of the truck. Ask for their name, contact information, employer name, insurance, and CDL driver’s license number.
— If there are others involved in the crash, receive similar information such as their contact information and insurance.
— Use your phone or camera to take pictures of the incident.
— Cooperate fully with the police and other emergency personnel that arrive at the scene. Provide as much information as you can to ensure an accurate report.
If the Trucking Company Contacts You
The trucking company may try to contact you following the event. If you receive a call from the company or a representative, avoid talking to them. Keep in mind that anything you say can be held against you. If you feel uncomfortable avoiding their call, simply refer them to your attorney or attorney’s office.
Contact an Experienced Team
If you are involved in a truck accident in Baltimore, Maryland, the trucking company could be liable for your damages. Trucking companies must comply with a range of state and federal rules and regulations, and failure to do so may hold them to a fault. Reasons for trucking accidents include but are not limited to negligent hiring, product liability, failing to abide by weight and route restrictions, and overworking employees.
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