Truck accidents can be absolutely devastating. The size and weight of the average semi-truck is over 20-times the weight of some sedans. This means that when a truck hits your car, it can cause serious damage to the vehicle and traumatic injury to anyone inside. After a truck changes lanes and bumps into you, the impact could easily send you off course and cause very severe injuries in a crash, especially at highway speeds.
Many of these accidents are caused by truck drivers who fail to check their blind spots when changing lanes, putting everyone around them at risk. If you or a loved one was injured in a crash like this, call the Maryland lawyers for truck accidents caused by a blind spot at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today. Our attorneys offer free legal consultations; call (410) 694-7291 today to schedule yours.
Suing for Truck Accidents Caused by Blind Spot Errors in Maryland
Truck drivers, as part of their commercial driver’s license training, learn to understand the size of their vehicle and to know where its blind spots are. Many trucks have warning signs on them cautioning people to keep back, but these signs are not always effective. Typically, truck drivers should know and understand that they have blind spots immediately behind their trailer, immediately in front of the cab, and to the sides of the back part of the trailer. If a driver is in this area and the truck driver makes no efforts to check their blind spots before they change lanes, this could cause a serious accident that the truck driver should be held liable for.
When you are involved in this kind of accident, you can usually sue the truck driver for causing the crash. Failing to keep a proper lookout is one of the leading causes of truck accidents across the country. In many cases, truck drivers seek to alleviate this issue by adding additional mirrors and cameras to their vehicles. However, these extra mirrors and cameras do nothing to help if the driver never checks them in the first place, which is what causes many improper lookout accidents. If the driver does not have these mirrors and still changes lanes or merges without making an effort to check their blind spot for cars, the victims should be able to sue them for the crash.
In a lawsuit like this, you must first prove that the driver was at fault by showing they failed to check their blind spot – or failed to look for other vehicles entirely – and that this was the cause of your accident and your injuries. In many cases, you can file this lawsuit against the truck driver and the trucking company.
Suing Trucking Companies for Damages in Maryland
When you file a lawsuit against a truck driver for an accident they caused, you can also sue the trucking company that hired them in many cases. These trucking companies can be sued under a “vicarious liability” doctrine called “respondeat superior,” which allows drivers to seek compensation from the at-fault party’s employer. This rule only helps in cases where the driver was working within the scope of their duties for their employer when the accident occurred. This means it will not help you sue the trucking company if the driver was off-duty or was an independent contractor instead of an employee.
In some cases, you can also sue the trucking company for its own negligence instead of the driver’s negligence. This usually comes up in cases where the truck had equipment malfunctions, such as a side-view mirror that fell off or a camera that was not functioning properly. You can also sue the trucking company for their share of fault if they hired a truck driver whom they should have known was dangerous because of previous license suspensions or a history of causing truck accidents.
Damages for Truck Accident Injuries after a Maryland Blind Spot Truck Accident
The damages in a trucking accident case will depend heavily on the circumstances of your case and what damages you incurred because of the crash. Damages for personal injury lawsuits – which include car accident and truck accident cases – can usually cover the cost of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering related to the accident. This means that the full cost of any emergency medical care, follow-up care, rehabilitation, disability, lost income, reduced earning capacity, physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional distress can all be claimed in a lawsuit.
Your attorney can help you determine whether a lawsuit is best for your case or whether you could get compensation through an insurance claim or settlement with the trucking company instead. Keep in mind that many insurance payouts typically do not cover pain and suffering, meaning that your full damages might not be compensated through an insurance claim. Moreover, settlement offers are usually too low to cover the damages in your case because trucking companies want to keep their costs low and avoid expensive trials. Talk to our lawyer for help understanding what your case is worth and how to maximize the compensation you receive by potentially fighting your case at trial.
Call Our Maryland Lawyers for Accidents Caused by Truckers who Did Not Check their Blind Spots
For a free legal consultation on your potential case, call our Maryland lawyers for truck accidents caused by a blind spot today. The Law Offices of Randolph Rice represent injury victims and their families and fight their cases against dangerous truck drivers and trucking companies to get them the compensation they need after a serious crash. To schedule a free legal consultation on your case, call our law offices today at (410) 694-7291