Maryland Truck Accident Attorney
Americans are consuming more goods than ever before, and most of those goods, be they electronics, food, or household appliances, are transported via large trucks or semi-trailers. In fact, truck traffic has increased so much that large trucks now account for at least 25 percent of traffic on U.S. highways and interstates, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Trucks take up over twice the road space as passenger vehicles, meaning that in terms of square footage of space occupied, trucks actually use up more of the road than cars, pickups, vans, and SUVs. While we rely on large trucks to transport our goods, they create serious safety hazards for people trying to get to work and going about their daily lives. Being hit by a semi-truck adds an additional level of trauma due to the sheer size difference and the likelihood that while the trucker walked away from the collision unscathed, the passenger vehicle occupant suffered severe and possibly life threatening injuries. If you were injured in a collision involving a large truck, you need to contact a Maryland truck accident attorney to help ensure that you are compensated fairly.
Large trucks are a critical part of a healthy economy, transporting the goods, products, and foods that we use and enjoy on a daily basis. But while trucks on Maryland’s roads are essential, they also create a risk – a large truck accident can be catastrophic, resulting in serious injuries to the people involved. If you or your loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, our Maryland truck accident attorneys want to discuss the accident with you today, and explore your options for financial compensation.
Most Common Causes of Truck Collisions in Maryland
Operating a 80,000 pound, 53-foot-long vehicle, which is the maximum weight and average length of a semi-truck according to Popular Mechanics, is no easy feat. Truck drivers are tasked with a usually monotonous job that, at times, requires precise maneuvering and careful monitoring of speed, brake power, wind direction, and impatient drivers buzzing by and cutting them off to save a few seconds on their commute. However, when truck drivers are at fault, the lives of everyone else on the road are put in danger. Traffic collisions are almost always preventable, and this also goes for truck collisions. Top large truck collision causes include the following:
- Distracted driving;
- Fatigued or drowsy driving;
- Careless driving;
- Aggressive driving;
- Impatient driving or overly fast maneuvers, such as changing lanes without using a turn signal in advance or checking for other vehicles first;
- Following too close to vehicles in front;
- Speeding or driving too fast for the given road conditions, such as going the posted speed limit during snowy or icy conditions;
- Mechanical failures, such as brake failure or tire blowouts; and
- Improperly loaded cargo or overloaded cargo.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, trucks take up to 40 percent longer to come to a stop than the average passenger vehicle due to their weight. Under federal standards, truck drivers are legally allowed to drive up to 11 hours in one stretch, while evidence shows that many truck drivers routinely violate this regulation. These and other driving characteristics mean that large trucks will continue to be a major hazard to other road users.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
When a large truck and a standard passenger vehicle collide, it is often the driver and passengers of the smaller vehicle that suffer the greatest amount of damage. Injuries that may result in a truck accident include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI);
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis;
- Broken or crushed bones;
- Internal injuries and bleeding;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Lacerations; and
- Amputation injuries.
These injury types can forever change the course of a victim’s life. In addition to large amounts of pain and loss of mobility, a person may also be forced to stop working as a result of their injury, may require intensive and long-term medical treatment, and may develop depression or other psychological injuries as a result.
Getting You the Compensation that You Deserve after a Truck Accident
There is nothing that can change what happened or give you back your life prior to the truck accident. At the law firm of Frame & Frame, our Maryland truck accident attorneys know that nothing will ever be enough to compensate you for your losses, but hope that we can assist in getting you the financial compensation you need to live your life moving forward. Our attorneys will build a truck accident claim for you that seeks compensation for all of your medical and future medical expenses, diminished quality of life, pain, suffering, lost wages and benefits, and more. We improve your chances of getting your maximum compensation amount by:
- Investigating the cause of the truck accident;
- Working with experts, including accident reconstruction experts, vehicle design experts, and more;
- Negotiating with an insurance company; and
- Taking your case to court if necessary.
A Maryland Truck Accident Attorney is Here to Help
Victims of truck collisions often face serious injuries, including brain injuries, fractured limbs, spinal cord damage, lacerations, facial injuries, and other serious injuries that can result in disability. We work tirelessly to maximize your compensation, and due to the fact that most trucking companies have large policy limits, you could potentially be awarded a large amount. Insurance companies fight tooth and nail to keep from paying, however, which is why you need to work with an experienced legal team. Call Frame & Frame today to get started.