Truck accidents are among the most serious on the road, and the consequences can be catastrophic. Commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, so they pose a great threat if one of these vehicles crashes into yours. If you experienced such a traumatic accident, you will need the help of a Maryland truck accident attorney to ensure your medical expenses are paid in full, your lost wages compensated, and that you receive fair compensation for your pain and suffering.
Tractor-trailer accidents are more complex cases than passenger car accidents, so they require one of the most experienced tractor trailer attorneys in Maryland – Dubo Law. They involve multiple parties and different kinds of evidence, so having a trusted Maryland truck accident lawyer to fight for your future is essential. Contact Dubo Law today for a free case review.
Maryland Truck Accident Lawyer Services at Dubo Law
Here at Dubo law, we will carefully review the details of the crash and determine all the parties that could potentially hold liable for the collision. These accidents involve multiple parties:
- The driver,
- The company that employed the driver,
- The company that owns the truck,
- The company that loads the truck,
- The company that hires the trucking company to deliver the goods,
- The truck’s manufacturer and maintenance team, and
- The manufacturers of different parts on the trucks.
Our goal is to hold all the parties accountable so you can recover all the compensation you deserve. We will thoroughly investigate all the evidence, including:
- The driver logs,
- The load manifest,
- The truck’s computer and GPS recording (the black box),
- The driver’s toxicology report,
- The truck’s maintenance record,
- Other evidence that is common to other kinds of accidents, such as accident scene photos, police reports, and vehicle damage.
Some steps we may take to build a strong case may include:
- Reviewing the police reports about the crash,
- Checking the driver’s history to determine if they violated any regulations,
- Obtaining any available pictures or videos of the impact,
- Reviewing vehicle maintenance records to determine if the truck violates any state or federal regulations,
- Seeking and examining any witnesses to the collision.
We will also deal with the insurance companies, which can be very frustrating for someone who has just gone through such a traumatic experience. They will do whatever they can to devalue or deny your insurance claim, so having an experienced Maryland truck accident lawyer on your side to aggressively negotiate for the compensation you deserve is essential to bring your case to a satisfactory solution.
Call us if you are involved in:
- Semi-truck accident
- 18 wheelers accident
- Fire engine accident
- Tanker truck accident
- Mail delivery vehicle accident
- Dump truck accident
- Livestock carrier accident
- Garbage truck accident
- Ambulance accident
What to Do After a Truck Accident?
After you contact Dubo Law at (443) 275-6345, Neil will inform you of the most crucial steps you need to take to ensure the safety of you and the other parties involved.
It is crucial to inform authorities about the accident, so the police can fill out the proper report of the accident that will be used in support of the truck accident case.
Document the accident
If possible, take photos of the accident to have evidence of the damage. They will help enormously with the eventual success of your case.
Seek medical attention
Even if you do not feel any pain, seek medical attention. A slight discomfort you may be feeling immediately after the accident could be a deeper and more serious health issue.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Maryland
Trucks and tractor-trailers are large and complicated machines that are not so easy to control. In addition, truck drivers are sometimes pushed to their limits, and consequently, fatal mistakes happen. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents are:
- Driving under the influence – Drunk or drugged drivers pose a serious threat on the road. Drivers may behave erratically while operating the vehicle. Alcohol or drugs impair the driver’s reaction times and decision-making abilities.
- Speeding – exceeding the speed limit to complete the work quickly has become a common practice among truck drivers. Unfortunately, a speeding truck is much difficult to stop, so the consequences to other drivers may be fatal.
- Drowsy driving – Operating a vehicle while exhausted can have a number of issues. Suppose a company fails to keep track of the driver’s working hours or deliberately encourages the driver to work overtime. In that case, they are more likely to fall asleep at the truck’s wheel. This means the driver could veer from their lane and collide with other vehicles.
- Overloaded trailer – Each truck has a maximum capacity that should not be exceeded when loading a trailer. However, many companies overload trailers in order to earn more profits for item transportation. As a result, the driver may easily lose control over the vehicle, leading to serious accidents.
- Distracted driving – When truck drivers take their eyes off the road even for a few seconds to change the radio station, look at their cell phones, or change a map on their GPS unit, the consequences may be disastrous in the event of a collision.
- Defective truck parts – A vehicle that weighs so much requires additional inspection. Trucking companies are supposed to routinely inspect their fleet to make sure all proper maintenance has been performed. In cases involving some type of maintenance concern (such as faulty brakes, a flat tire, or a transmission malfunction), we can pursue a claim based on the improper maintenance or inspection.
- Improperly secured cargo – The cargo that slides around in the back can cause truckers many problems. The truck may become unbalanced and hard to control, and the loose load can drop from the truck onto other cars on the road.
Types of Collisions
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Rollovers occur when the truck flips over. A large truck can roll over even at low speeds while driving on slopes, navigating turns, backing up in a jack-knifed position, or on poorly designed exit ramps. Experts say that commercial trucks are about 1/3rd less stable than the average car.
It happens when a vehicle crashes into the one in front of it. Common factors contributing to rear-end collisions include driver’s inattention or distraction, so they do not start slowing down on time. These types of accidents are very dangerous because of the size difference between the truck and the car.
Also known as frontal crash, and is one of the most dangerous collision types. They generate so much force, particularly at high speed. Head-on collisions are frequently fatal, especially if a large truck hits a small passenger car.
Truck underride is what frequently happens when a passenger vehicle collides with a large truck. The passenger vehicle goes under the truck, slide under the back of the truck. It occurs because the backs of trucks are higher than the front of a vehicle, especially if you drive a sedan or some other type of smaller car.
Wide turn collisions
Large commercial vehicles often need a space to make extremely wide turns. Such an enormous turning radius creates significant blind spots. This increases the likelihood of accidents and collisions, especially if a driver is inexperienced or in a hurry.
Blindspot collisions occur when a truck changes direction while driving and fails to notice another vehicle in its blind spot and collides with the other vehicle on the road. Accidents like this often occur when changing lanes, so it is important not to drive in the blind spot of a large truck because a driver can’t see you.
If you were injured in these or any other type of truck collisions, contact the Maryland truck accident lawyer to discuss your case. We offer free, no legal consultations to determine if you may be entitled to compensation.
Vicarious Liability Doctrine
Vicarious Liability Doctrine is also known as ‘indirect’ liability and it applies in Maryland. It imposes responsibility upon one person for the failure of another, with whom the person has a special relationship. In the case of a truck accident, the employer is charged with legal responsibility for the employee’s negligence because the employee is held to be an agent of the employer. So, the trucking company can be held responsible for collisions because the employees were careless or the company is negligent in its obligations or policies.
Insurance Coverage for Trucking Companies in Maryland
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) regulates trucking in the state, while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates trucking nationwide. Motor carriers’ minimum insurance limits are $750,000 in liability insurance coverage if they transport goods in interstate commerce. If they transport hazardous materials, up to $5 million in liability insurance is required.
Types of Compensations After a Truck Accident in Maryland
If you have a viable case, one of the most trusted Maryland truck accident attorneys, Dubo Law, will pursue compensation for a variety of damages, including:
are meant to compensate the claimant for the financial losses. That includes past and future medical expenses, such as medical bills, durable medical equipment, prescription medication, or physical therapy. Past and future lost income includes lost income from missed work and the difference between pre-accident and post-accident income if injuries reduce your capacity to work.
These are more subjective losses and include pain and suffering as a form of emotional, mental, and physical distress and loss of consortium, which is compensation to your family for the loss of your companionship and your services to the family.
You may also be entitled to claim compensation for any property damage, such as the cost of the repair or the replacement of your damaged car.
How do Truck Accident Claims in Maryland Work?
Having a partner in the experienced Maryland truck accident lawyer can maximize the chance of having fair compensation for your damages. Once you have decided on your legal team, here are some steps you can expect with the process of filing the claim:
- Investigation and Collection of Evidence: After the preliminary discussion with our legal team, they will review any reports to unravel all possible details to help your case. It often includes reviewing police reports and medical records, locating and examining available video recording evidence, locating eyewitnesses, conducting a conversation with the truck company’s insurance and legal representatives, and accident reconstruction, if necessary.
- Sending the Personal Injury Demand Letter: After the collection and reviewing all the pieces of evidence, your truck crash lawyer will draft and send a personal injury demand letter to the insurance company of the person or business responsible for the accident. This letter puts down in writing a specific demand for the financial payment that will be accepted by the injured parties to restore justice.
- Proceed Toward Settlement or Trial: When the insurance company has your demand in front of them, they can accept the demands and move forward with a settlement outside the court. They can also negotiate the terms and present a counteroffer – if an agreement can be reached, settlement moves forward. When a deal cannot be reached, and you still believe to have a viable case based on evidence, filing a lawsuit is the next step.
- Trial: If your demands are unanswered, your truck accident lawyer will take the case to court. The legal complaint is filled with appropriate courts, spelling out the facts and claims of your case. Then all the parties will exchange legal details, questionnaires, request documents and conduct depositions outside the courtroom. If you are successful at trial, a judge or jury will make the final determination about the financial amount you will recover. That amount (in whole or part) will be satisfied by the insurance company.
Why Choose Dubo Law as Your Maryland Truck Accident Lawyer?
- Experience – Being a licensed attorney since 2002, Neil has gained extensive experience in litigation generally and personal injury litigation specifically. This ensured his membership in several prestigious lawyer organizations.
- Results – His results speak for themselves – Neil has helped recover millions of dollars for victims of truck accidents and other personal injury claims throughout his career.
- Prompt Resolution – Here at Dubo Law, we are proud to say that we do not take more cases than we know we can handle fairly. We will strive you receive the maximum for your claim but also receive it quickly.
- Seen Both Sides – Neil represented insurance companies and defended them for more than ten years. Knowing exactly how they operate, their tricks and ploys do not work with him. However, his clients will certainly benefit from that knowledge.
- Personal Attention – Being extremely client-friendly and attentive, Neil has developed a reputation as hard-working and aggressive. You will deal with Neil directly, so every question or concern you may have will be addressed directly by an attorney. Your satisfaction is paramount.
- Contingency Fee Arrangement– It simply means that there is no risk to you because we do not receive any fee unless we win the case for you. We will do all the work to get you the compensation you deserve.
Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer Maryland
“Neil’s the best. He’s the rare breed of compassion, intensity, and brilliance. He’s realistic, yet fierce. It’s no wonder why when he files suit, insurance companies sit up and take note. A litigator’s, litigator. He’s defended attorneys… think about that one!”
“I cannot say enough about how Dubo Law handled my case. Neil and Jordan kept me informed the entire time and when I needed to make a decision about whether to settle or go to Court, Neil let ME make the decision. He gave me all the information with no pressure and, in the end, negotiated a great settlement that I was really thrilled with. Highly recommended and would refer Dubo Law to anyone without hesitation.”
“Neil is really a one-of-a-kind! Not only is he passionate about helping others, but he is personable, professional, brings calmness into any situation, and very knowledgeable. I have had many colleagues who needed his assistance, and without hesitation, he was there for them. He certainly cares about his clients and their well-being and will always do what’s best for them. He is truly someone you want by your side.”
Truck Accident Lawyer Near Me: Call Dubo Law at (443) 275-6345
Injuries like broken bones, soft-tissue injuries, burns, scarring, internal organ injuries, and others sustained in a truck accident can be really serious, sometimes even fatal. Your rights are at stake, and these cases are extremely complex, so having one of the top-rated tractor trailer accident lawyers in Maryland by your side will help you seek a fair compensation you may be entitled to.
Neil represented the clients involved in truck accidents throughout the state of Maryland in the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carrol, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Washington, and Wicomico.
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