If you’ve been injured in a truck collision, you could be facing a long road to recovery. Accidents involving semi-trucks can cause severe and permanent injuries in some cases. Victims of accidents might face extensive recovery times and significant losses.
A Maryland truck accident lawyer can help you pursue the compensation you deserve so you can focus on healing. We offer free consultations and work on contingency fees, so you only pay an attorney fee if you recover damages.
How a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, it’s your right to pursue compensation. A truck accident lawyer in Maryland from our firm will fight for the funds you need to recover from your injuries and ensure your future well-being and financial security.
Some of the ways that our attorneys can help include:
- Interviewing witnesses who saw the wreck
- Securing testimony from experts with specialized knowledge about the trucking industry
- Working with accident reconstruction specialists who can speak to what caused the accident
- Gathering documentation that a truck driver violated trucking regulations, such as hours of service rules or inspection requirements
- Reviewing the truck’s compliance with weight restrictions
- Retrieving and reviewing the driver’s qualifications
- Collecting photographs, video, and other evidence from the scene
- Handling all paperwork required to pursue compensation
- Retrieving data related to the truck’s operation right before the accident (known as “black box evidence”)
- Negotiating with insurance companies for the compensation you need and deserve
What Can a Truck’s Black Box Reveal About the Accident?
Black box evidence contains information about the truck’s operation before the crash. This data could include:
- How fast the truck was going
- How far the truck had traveled
- Whether the driver had activated the brakes
Essentially, the black box can help identify negligent driving behaviors. Your attorney may use this information to establish the driver was negligent.
For legal consultation with a truck accident attorney in Maryland, call (410)777-8960
Liability for a Truck Accident
Federal law regulates how long truckers can drive, requirements to regularly inspect commercial trucks, and more. Truck drivers are also subject to more stringent rules than other drivers who share the road.
Yet, some truck drivers engage in dangerous or negligent behaviors behind the wheel. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), common causes of vehicle crashes are fatigue, alcohol consumption, and excessive speed.
Truck drivers who engage in these and other reckless behaviors are liable if they cause an accident.
But other parties may be liable for trucking accidents too, including:
- The truck driver’s employer
- The truck manufacturer
- The truck loader (could be an individual or a business)
- Those involved in the truck’s maintenance
An attorney familiar with Maryland and federal laws pertaining to large trucks can help you pursue the appropriate parties.
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Act Quickly: Statute of Limitations for Maryland Truck Accidents
You have just three years to file a personal injury claim in Maryland. (Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-101) If you fail to file your lawsuit by this deadline, you may be unable to pursue damages.
Get started now. Work with the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow to file your paperwork and meet any deadlines that apply to your case.
Seek Legal Help As Soon As Possible After a Truck Accident
Ideally, reaching out to a lawyer would be something you do right away after an accident (in addition to calling the police and requesting emergency medical assistance). The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner we can get to work:
- Gather evidence that might be more difficult to retrieve after months or years
- Speak with eyewitnesses right away
- Ensure the truck is not destroyed or otherwise altered after the accident
- File your case before any applicable deadlines
Still, it might seem daunting to hire a Maryland truck accident attorney after your wreck when you are still in pain and dealing with serious injuries. Our attorneys put your comfort and peace of mind first and will make the process as easy as possible for you. You focus on healing while we handle the legal case.
Sending a Letter of Spoliation After a Truck Accident
Some of the evidence in your case will be in the possession of the truck driver or trucking company. Securing that evidence is crucial so we can review it and possibly use it to build your case.
We can submit a letter of spoilation to prevent any parties from destroying it. Possible evidence could include the black box recordings, records on the driver, maintenance logs, and even the truck itself.
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Why Truck Accidents Often Cause Severe Injuries
The larger the vehicle involved in a collision, the greater its impact will be. Further, override accidents where a large truck rides over the back of a passenger vehicle and underride accidents where a passenger vehicle rides underneath the back of the truck’s trailer create a significant risk of injury.
Further, some trucks carry cargo that, if spilled, can cause more serious injuries or lead to additional accidents. Some trucks may contain flammable or otherwise hazardous materials that could dramatically increase the damage caused by a collision.
People who suffer serious injuries in truck accidents may require longer hospital stays and more expensive testing and treatment. They may face extensive time away from work; some may never fully return to work and face permanent lost wages.
Let Us Fight for You While You Focus on Healing
Full recovery from your injuries should be your priority. Leave the stress and complexity of the accident’s legal ramifications to a Maryland truck accident attorney who can retrieve key evidence and build your case for compensation.
The Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow helps accident victims in Maryland fight for what they deserve. Call (410) 777-8960 for a free consultation.