Maryland hit and run accidents occur when one party collides with a vehicle, person, or object and knowingly leaves the scene of the incident without providing their identifying information or arranging for medical care for anyone injured in the accident. These types of accidents contribute to the financial burden and physical injuries typical of truck accidents but also escalate the severity of harm because many victims do not receive timely or adequate medical attention. Additionally, Maryland hit and run truck accidents create burdens for victims and families looking to recover damages from the at-fault party’s insurance company.
According to the Foundation for Traffic Safety (FTS), the rate of fatalities and injuries related to hit and run accidents are steadily increasing. Data suggests that a hit and run accident occurs approximately every 43 seconds in the United States. Maryland ranks as one of the top 20 states with the highest rates of hit and run accidents.
Typically, hit and run truck accidents occur when the at-fault driver panics, and decides to leave the scene of a crash. This panic may occur because the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or they were engaged in some other negligent behavior. To avoid a hit and run charge, drivers must stop their truck and pull off to a safe location. They should call for medical and police assistance. The driver should provide all of their identifying information including, driver’s license and insurance information.
Hit and run accidents pose unique challenges because the victim may suffer more severe injuries because they might not have anyone to call for medical help in a timely way. Further, they may encounter barriers when filing a claim with their insurance company. For example, recently, state troopers in another state are searching for a semi-truck driver who fled the scene of a hit and run. According to a recent news report, the truck driver failed to yield to a pickup truck and slammed into the vehicle, causing the driver and his passenger to suffer fatal injuries. The semi-truck driver left his truck in an empty field, stole another car, and fled the scene. This case is a prime example of the severe and potentially fatal consequences that a hit and run accident can have.
Maryland drivers who want to recover damages after they suffered injuries because of an accident with a hit and run truck driver should contact an experienced attorney to guide them through the process. An attorney can assist hit and run victims with filing claims through their insurance provider and help them identify the at-fault party.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Maryland Hit-and-Run Accident?
If you or someone you know sustained injuries in a Maryland hit and run accident, contact the experienced Maryland injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen. The attorneys at our law firm understand the devastating effects that a Maryland truck accident can have on a person and their loved ones. We can assist you in determining your rights and effectuating your remedies. We have successfully assisted clients in recovering damages through their insurance companies. In these cases, insurance companies often take an adversarial role, and our skilled attorneys have helped clients overcome the barriers that their providers may put up. Our clients have recovered damages for their medical bills, property damage, and pain and suffering. Contact our law firm today at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our dedicated Maryland injury attorneys.