Truck Accident Lawyers In Baltimore
With so many major highways going through Maryland, there is a lot of truck traffic. Unfortunately, that also means a lot of trucking accidents. If you or a loved one needs truck accident attorneys in Baltimore, Bel Air, Frederick, Essex, Glen Burnie, and Towson or anywhere else in the state, Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., can help.
For more than 40 years, we have been getting results in 18-wheeler accident cases. These cases can be quite different than other motor vehicle accident cases, in part because of the regulations that apply strictly to the trucking industry.
We understand these regulations, and we understand that many truck accidents are the result of them being violated. Choosing the right attorney after such a complex and serious accident is important. We have pursued claims against some of the most recognized names in the transportation industry, and we are committed to securing the maximum level of compensation available for your claim.
Common Causes Of Truck Accidents
Investigation of truck accidents is important. While many crashes are caused by truck driver negligence or error, experience has taught us that other parties may also be responsible. Was the truck crash caused because of poor maintenance by the trucking company? Was the truck improperly loaded? Was part of the truck defective? Our investigation will reveal who was responsible, and we will take action against that party.
Causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Overloaded or unevenly loaded tractor-trailers
- Defective tires, brakes or other truck parts
- Improperly maintained trucks
Whether we are taking on a trucking company, the manufacturer of a defective product or any other party, our commitment is to getting you the compensation you need.
Truck Drivers Must Adhere To Strict Federal Regulations
Over-the-road truck drivers are required to follow all regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These regulations include guidelines that impact nearly every aspect of the truck driver’s job, including how much sleep a driver must get compared to the number of hours they have been on the road.
How We Approach Truck Driver Fatigue Accidents
These guidelines were established to ensure that drivers remain fully alert while behind the wheel. When these guidelines are not obeyed, it puts everyone on the road in danger. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by an unrested truck driver, you should speak to a Maryland truck driver fatigue accident attorney as soon as possible. Our lawyers can:
- Check the driver’s logbooks and look for any previous regulatory violations or other infractions that could help us present a stronger case on your behalf;
- Investigate the driver’s employer to see if there is a history of inducing drivers to deliver loads on unusually short deadlines; and
- Work to identify all parties that may have shared in the responsibility for your injuries and consider the viability of pursuing individual claims against each.
When you hire our law firm, we work tirelessly to ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.
When Negligent Truck Maintenance Leads To Accidents
After a truck accident in Maryland, what many people fail to consider is the possibility that a broken part caused the accident. In these cases, the responsibility can be placed on the trucking company, truck owner and even a parts manufacturer.
We are prepared to represent you in any negligent truck maintenance claim, including the following:
- Defective brakes
- Tire blowouts or tread separation
- Trailer hitch malfunctions and decoupling
- Steering malfunctions
- Insufficient underride protection
- Defective windshield wipers or defrosters
Helping Truck Accident Victims Through Difficult Situations
Cases involving negligent or improper truck maintenance can be extremely complex and difficult to prove because of the many different parties that share liability for the victims’ injuries. Oftentimes, the parties will point fingers at each other in an effort to avoid responsibility for the injuries. It is critical that you have an experienced Maryland negligent truck maintenance injury attorney who can get to the bottom of the situation and see that the negligent parties pay for the harm they cause.
Frequently Asked Truck Accident Questions
After an accident with an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck, many accident victims do not know where to begin in the process of pursuing legal action. Truck accident cases can be among the most difficult cases to navigate and can become overwhelming very quickly. Below are answers to common questions designed to provide basic information to assist with some of the concerns 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?
- Can I handle a truck accident claim on my own?
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 many 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 to be successful. In addition, there are multiple parties that can share in the responsibility for your injuries, including the driver, their 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.
Q: Can I handle a truck accident claim on my own?
A: You have the legal right to represent yourself after an auto or truck accident in Maryland. However, due to the many factors discussed above, truck accident claims can become complex quickly. If you choose to act as your own legal representation, you may not understand the different factors at play in your case, including the number of potentially liable parties. During a free consultation with our lawyers, we can analyze your case and explain how our representation can assist you in the process to come.
Free Initial Consultation | Experienced 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers In Maryland
Call us now at 443-529-0795, for a free initial consultation at any of our six office locations. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions about your truck accident claim. You can also send us a message via email.