Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers Answer Your Most Common Questions
Representing injured clients throughout all of Maryland
You have likely experienced the sensation, while driving alongside a large, commercial truck on I-695 or Route 70 (for example), of the tremendous power of a large, commercial truck as it barrels down the highway. Sometimes weighing in excess of 10,000 lbs., commercial trucks present a significant hazard to the smaller, passenger vehicles with whom they share the road. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there were 3,964 people killed in crashes involving large, commercial trucks and 95,000 people were injured in 2013. Of those people killed in crashes with large trucks, 71 percent of them were occupants of other vehicles.
At Plaxen & Adler, P.A., we provide superior legal representation for clients who have been injured in a truck accident. We can also handle wrongful death lawsuits for those who have lost loved ones in a trucking accident. Our Baltimore truck accident attorneys know what it takes to get the best compensation possible for our clients. This allows you to concentrate on healing from your injury while we take on the legal challenge of obtaining compensation for you.
Frequently asked questions about Baltimore truck accidents
Q: What are the most common causes of truck accidents?
A: The vast majority of truck accidents are caused by driver error, which can take many forms including things such as distracted driving, drunk, drugged or drowsy driving, speeding and overloading the truck. Other factors that cause large, commercial truck accidents include road defects, faulty maintenance and defective truck parts.
Q: Why is a collision with a large, commercial truck more dangerous than a crash with a passenger vehicle?
A: Given the fact that commercial trucks are so much larger than passenger vehicles, they can cause significantly more damage if you should become involved in a crash with one. They are more difficult to maneuver on the roads and require a much longer braking distance than passenger vehicles.
Q: If I am injured in a truck accident, can I make a claim?
A: It is contingent on the circumstances of your case. Depending on the cause of the accident, the driver may not be the only party you can file a lawsuit against. Other possible parties who could be liable may include: the owner of the truck, the leasing company, the trucking company, the shipper, whoever loaded the truck, and the manufacturer of any defective parts or equipment that contributed to the accident.
Q: How much will it cost me to hire a Baltimore truck accident attorney?
A: At the outset, it will not cost you anything to retain a lawyer to represent you in an injury case. Your lawyer is compensated on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not actually pay any legal fees until they win compensation for you. At that point, your attorney receives a percentage of the settlement or verdict.
Q: What damages can I recover in a truck accident injury case?
A: If you prevail in a negligence lawsuit after a trucking accident, you may be able to recover damages for losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional damages, disfigurement, diminished earning capacity, property damage and others.
Q: Is there a time limit on when I can file a lawsuit?
A: Yes. There is a statute of limitations in Maryland of three years from the date of the crash to file a lawsuit. However, your case will go much more smoothly if you hire an attorney early in the process.
Q: What should I do if someone from the trucking company’s insurance company calls me after the accident?
A: Do not answer their questions and never agree to record a statement about the accident. Politely refer them to your attorney. Call us before you answer any questions. We will protect your rights.
Our Columbia and Baltimore truck accident attorneys will fight for your rights when you have been injured
Plaxen & Adler, P.A. is one of Maryland’s premier personal injury law firm. We stand up for our clients when they have been injured in a truck accident. Please fill out our contact form or call 410-988-4449 to reserve a free consultation time with an experienced Baltimore truck accident lawyer.