Motorists in Baltimore share the road with big commercial trucks all the time. These vehicles are taller and heavier than personal cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles. Unfortunately, accidents involving these trucks can be incredibly destructive and even fatal.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there are nearly 5,000 fatal crashes involving large trucks in the U.S. every year. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports over 500 fatal traffic accidents all across the state, and dozens of those involve large trucks, like tractor-trailers and big rigs. The team of Baltimore truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow are here to represent families who’ve lost loved ones in these devastating accidents.
How a Baltimore Fatal Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You
You can work with a personal injury lawyer in Baltimore to get justice for your lost loved one. We can help you recover compensation to pay for accident-related expenses and the pain and suffering you’ve endured through a wrongful death case. Most importantly, we can manage every part of your case so your family can focus on healing from your sudden loss.
An attorney from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can take charge of these and other important tasks such as:
- Collecting evidence to support your claim
- Identifying all liable parties in your loved one’s accident
- Calculating your recoverable damages
- Filing insurance claims and handling communications with insurance providers
- Negotiating a settlement that works for you and your family
- Escalating your case through litigation if necessary
- Advising you on your legal options and decisions
Can I Afford a Lawyer for My Wrongful Death Case?
We know how hard it is to lose a loved one in a devastating accident. That’s why we’re dedicated to simplifying the claims process for you and your family. We offer free, confidential case evaluations so you can learn more about your legal options.
We also believe that you deserve high-quality legal representation no matter your financial situation. Because of this belief, we offer our services on contingency. This means that you won’t owe us anything until after we’ve secured your settlement or award.
For legal consultation with a fatal truck accident attorney in Baltimore, call (410)777-8960
Recoverable Damages in a Fatal Truck Accident Claim
We know that no amount of money can truly heal your and your family’s loss. But filing a wrongful death claim can shield your family from financial hardship and pay for accident-related expenses.
You can get compensation to pay for economic damages like:
- Your loved one’s accident-related medical bills
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost household income from your loved one
- Property damage costs
Non-economic damages are those that don’t have a definite monetary value. You can also claim the following non-economic damages in your claim:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship and consortium
- Loss of parental support
In Maryland, there is a cap on how much you can recover in non-economic damages. But there is no limit to the amount of economic damages you can get. A Baltimore fatal truck accident lawyer from our firm can review your case, identify all your recoverable damages, and work within these limitations to determine what a just settlement looks like for you.
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Who Can File a Claim After a Fatal Truck Accident?
If you are the spouse, child, or parent of a fatal truck accident victim, you may qualify to file a wrongful death claim against the liable parties. If the victim has no immediate family members, other relatives by blood or marriage may qualify to file a claim instead. This includes family members of drivers and passengers who’ve died in a truck accident.
You can work with a fatal truck accident attorney from our firm to determine if you or another family member are eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
Who Is Responsible for My Loved One’s Fatal Truck Accident?
Fatal truck accidents generally occur because someone acts negligently on the road. If your loved one lost their life in a truck accident because of someone else’s negligence, you can hold them accountable.
We determine negligence by proving that another party failed to act responsibly, and that failure to act responsibly caused the accident that took your loved one’s life. Depending on the circumstances of your loved one’s accident, we may be able to hold one or more of the following parties accountable:
- Truck drivers must be aware of smaller vehicles on the road, operate the truck safely, follow rules for driving hours, and obey all traffic laws.
- Truck carriers are responsible for training their driver and/or making sure drivers have the right qualifications to operate these vehicles. They also have to inspect and maintain trucks to keep them in good working order.
- Other motorists and road users have a responsibility to obey traffic laws and drive safely.
- Municipalities have a duty to maintain roads and keep them safe for all road users.
- Manufacturers have a duty to construct trucks and other vehicles that operate safely and as intended.
In order to determine who is responsible for your loved one’s fatal truck accident, we have to investigate the accident and determine all the factors that contributed to it. Some of the most common factors we’ll look for include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Ignoring traffic signals and signs
- Poor driving maneuvers
- Bad road conditions
- Poor weather conditions
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Maryland’s Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Claims
Per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 3-904, qualifying family members have just three years from the date of their late loved one’s passing to file a wrongful death lawsuit against all liable parties.
The sooner you start working with a Baltimore fatal truck accident lawyer, the more time we have to explore all your legal options for recovering compensation and holding these parties accountable.
Choose the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow
If you have lost your loved one in a Baltimore truck accident, we are truly sorry for your loss. The Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow want to help you get justice. Contact our office today for a free case review and to find out how much your claim is worth.