Getting in an accident with an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck can result in severe and even life-threatening injuries. Truck accident cases can also be among the most difficult cases to navigate. Many accident victims do not know where to begin in the process of pursuing legal action in these cases, which can become overwhelming very quickly.
The attorneys at Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., provide comprehensive personal injury representation to victims throughout Maryland. Our truck accident FAQs page is designed to provide basic information about the questions that we most often receive from our clients.
- The insurance company is offering me a settlement. Why do I need a lawyer?
- How are truck accidents different from other motor vehicle accidents?
- Are the damages available in a truck accident different from those available in other accidents?
- How long do I have to file a claim in a trucking accident case?
Q: The insurance company is offering me a settlement. Why do I need a lawyer?
A: Regardless of whether there is a settlement offer on the table, having legal representation is essential to ensuring that your interests are protected in a truck accident case. Insurance companies want to settle your case for as little as possible, and their settlement offers usually don't represent the fair value of your claim. In many cases, the offer might only cover the medical bills you have amassed up to that point with no access to compensation for future medical care. We will work to ensure that any settlement includes full consideration of your current and future needs.
Q: How are truck accidents different from other motor vehicle accidents?
A: There are a number of key differences that are unique to truck accident cases. Many of these cases involve state and federal laws, and your attorney will need to have a complete understanding of both in order to be successful. In addition, there are multiple parties that can share in the responsibility for your injuries, including the driver, his or her employer, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer and others.
Q: Are the damages available in a truck accident different from those available in other accidents?
A: No. As with any other auto accident claim, you are entitled to seek full compensation for your medical bills, future medical care, lost wages, loss of earning capacity and property damage. You may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and other considerations.
Q: How long do I have to file a claim in a trucking accident case?
A: In Maryland, you must file a claim within three years of the date of the injury. This applies to any personal injury case. It is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible so that the investigation can begin immediately. If you wait too long, evidence can be lost, witnesses can relocate and people's recollection of the events can fade.
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