Truck accidents are among the most dangerous catastrophies on the road; when large 18-wheel trucks collide with smaller passenger cars, the results can be deadly. This problem has only increased with time. Large commercial truck travel has more than doubled over the last 15 years. In 2005, 8,000 people were killed and an additional 150,000 were injured in truck crashes in the United States.
Truck accident cases pose unique challenges to the victim trying to recover damages because the laws governing interstate commerce are extremely complex. A successful claim against a trucking company must very clearly demonstrate how the company or its driver failed to meet specific regulations as well as traffic laws. Most truck accidents occur as a result of:
- Failure to comply with federal safety or maintenance laws
- Failure to provide training and/or supervision of its drivers
- Driver inattention or negligence
- Speeding or other aggressive driving behavior, sometimes motivated by time pressures or unreasonable deadlines
- Manufacturing or design defects of the truck
Experienced legal representation is essential to properly investigate the accident and accurately assess the circumstances to determine who was responsible. Trucking companies are often large corporations with extensive legal counsel of their own – attempting to take on the trucking industry without a qualified attorney can result in insufficient compensation for the victim's injuries.
Our group of three independent law firms, Attorneys for the Injured, understands that your immediate goals after the trauma of a truck accident are securing medical care – and paying for it. Often, serious injuries result in lost wages. Victims may struggle to pay bills amid the challenges of recovery. Members of the immediate family often suffer as well, both financially and emotionally. Our goal is to secure the funds necessary to pay for long-term medical treatment, as well as any lost income or earning capacity.
Our Lawyers with Attorneys for the Injured will promptly investigate your truck crash, determine fault and seek to recover all legal damages. Within the first week, important physical evidence can be lost and witnesses may be difficult to locate. Trucking companies often act quickly to protect their own interests, conducting immediate investigations of their own. Key trucking accident evidence may be destroyed after a short period of time, eliminating an important source of evidence for any accident case. Our experienced truck accident attorneys will work hard to protect your rights – but we can prepare the most effective claims when we are contacted as soon as possible after the accident.
At Attorneys for the Injured, we work with a board certified physician who can assist you in understanding the full scope of your injuries, as well as your treatment plan. We also utilize the services of vocational counselors and professional life care planners, who can provide additional recommendations for post-injury care. Our attorneys will thoroughly review your situation and explore all available options.
The mission of our law group is to seek justice and fair compensation for injured victims and their families. The combined strength of our locations in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland and Frederick, Maryland allows us to provide the level of service you expect from a large metropolitan office – with the dedicated and personalized approach of a boutique firm.
If you have been injured as a result of a trucking accident, contact us today, or call us at (888) 792-4242 for a free review of your case.