Should I Fight for Truck Accident Damages?
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be able to get some money from your insurance company. However, you may also have an option of pursuing a civil claim against the truck company, driver or their insurance company.
The decision to start a lawsuit is a very personal one, but you need to consider the costs you will likely face after your accident. You’re not suing for revenge or because you’re upset. In many cases, a lawsuit is a way to recover money for all the expenses you may face — expenses that may include:
- Long-term care costs. If you’re seriously injured, you may need care at home or you may need to stay in the hospital for some time. You may need to spend some time at a special facility or get long-term medical care or rehabilitation. The expenses may be immense, and without a lawsuit, your insurance is unlikely to cover all the costs.
- Medical and hospital costs. Even if you have suffered a relatively minor injury, the hospital and medical costs of your accident can be significant. In many cases, your insurance policy has a cap for expenses, meaning you will be responsible for at least some of your medical costs yourself unless you file a lawsuit.
- “Extra” costs. After a truck collision in the Baltimore, MD, your car may need to be towed. You may need to take a taxi while your car is in the shop, or you may need to rent a car while your car is being repaired. All of these types of “extra” costs can easily add up to hundreds of dollars.
- Repair costs. The cost of replacing your car or having it repaired can be significant after a truck accident, especially if the truck crushed your car or caused significant damages. After a truck accident, it’s common for a car to be so damaged it is written off — but that means you need to replace it with a new vehicle. Will your insurance cover that?
- Wage loss. Would you be able to survive without your income? Unfortunately, it’s a question many Maryland drivers have to face after being a truck accident. You may not be able to work after your accident for months or years, but you will still need to pay for rent, the mortgage, groceries and any other expenses you have. A lawsuit can help you get the funds you need to pay the bills.
- Funeral costs. One of the sad realities of truck accidents is they can result in fatalities. If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, not only will you have to go through all the pain and grief of loss, but you may also have to pay for funeral costs, emergency or medical costs and any other expenses related to the loss.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in Washington D.C. or the surrounding area and need a trucking injury lawyer, don’t hesitate to contact Shulman Rogers. For more than 40 years, we have built our reputation by vigorously fighting for people who have been injured. We can help you review your situation, and we can talk with you about what you can do next to recover fair compensation. Your first consultation with us is always free, so contact us today.
Commercial Trucking in Maryland and Washington D.C.
It’s a common sight to see semi-trailer and box trucks on I-395, I-66 and even along smaller streets in the Washington D.C. metro area. These trucks are crucial to the local economy, since they deliver products, offer moving services and bring raw materials to and from the area. In collisions, however, these same trucks are disastrous.
Truck collisions often lead to serious injuries for the drivers and passengers in the smaller car. While a truck driver may walk away without a scratch, occupants of the smaller vehicle involved in a crash can suffer from permanent injury. In fact, in 78% of truck accidents, car drivers are the ones who suffered fatalities.
At Shulman Rogers, our attorneys have helped many grieving families and many individuals severely injured in highway or roadway collisions involving trucks. If you have been hurt in a truck accident, do not hesitate to reach out to Shulman Rogers for a free consultation.
Causes of Truck Accidents
For more than 40 years, the attorneys at Shulman Rogers have been helping injured plaintiffs in the Maryland and Washington D.C. areas. Our experience has shown truck collisions and injuries are often caused by:
- Poorly maintained roads
- Poorly maintained trucks
- Tired drivers
- Truck driver negligence
- Overworked drivers who fall asleep at the wheel
- Negligence on the part of trucking companies
- Mechanical failures
Although truck drivers have to pass extra tests and training to get a commercial driver’s license, and most drivers are very careful in how they operate their trucks, negligence can cause devastation in the Maryland or D.C. Metro area. Even minor instances of negligence or recklessness on the part of a truck driver can have far-reaching consequences for entire communities.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is important to get medical advice right away. Your injuries may be severe. However, you will also want to contact a truck accident attorney immediately. At Shulman Rogers, we can help you explore your options for compensation and assist with the inevitable decisions and paperwork after your collision. Contact an accident lawyer at Shulman Rogers today to start talking about solutions for your situation.