Were you hurt in a trucking crash? If you were the victim of a collision with a truck or commercial vehicle, you have rights.
Call us today to speak with an experienced commercial vehicle accident lawyer and schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you recover physically and financially after an accident with a big rig.
How much will it cost to hire a lawyer? No fee unless we win and no upfront costs to you. No obligations, we’ll investigate and pursue a claim against the negligent truck driver.
Why do Truck Accidents Happen?
First, however, it is important to discuss why truck accidents occur in the first place. Because trucks are so large by nature, they are more prone to becoming involved in a serious car accident.
For instance, it can take a typical 18-wheeler as much as 40% longer to stop than the average passenger car, meaning that it is less able to brake suddenly to avoid an accident.
Trucks can also fall victim to typical causes of car accidents as well, such as poor weather conditions. Poor weather conditions encompass a wide range of weather, from hail storms to blizzards to torrential rain.
Ice on the road is particularly dangerous for truck drivers when combined with that braking time that is as much as 40% longer than that of a passenger car.
Truck drivers are also more likely to be prone to extreme fatigue. Though many truck drivers will utilize stimulants such as caffeine, which can come in the form of a beverage or a pill, even caffeine cannot significantly fight exhaustion past a certain point.
Driver fatigue is hugely detrimental to the reaction times of the driver and can easily lead to a car accident.
Violations of Federal Regulations for Trucks Cause Accidents
Commercial trucks involved in interstate hauling are subject to a host of federal regulations covering everything from the qualifications and hours of work for drivers, to the safety equipment that must be on board.
If a truck is involved in an auto accident as a result of violating any of these regulations—and violations are far more frequent than most people know—that’s evidence of negligence and gives you a major head start on establishing the right to compensation for injuries suffered in the crash.
The first job of any experienced truck accident attorney is to scrutinize the accident and the regulations to identify any connection between the two.
What Should You Do After a Trucking Accident?
If you are involved in a truck accident, it is common to feel uncertain about how to proceed. The guidance of a Baltimore County truck accident lawyer, however, can help. There are, however, some important steps that you can follow to downplay the severity of your injuries and make sure that your case resolves in the best possible manner. These recommended steps include the following:
- Promptly Seek Medical Attention. Many accidents involving commercial vehicles result in serious injuries or even fatalities. One of the reasons for these results is that trucks are often very heavy and much larger than other smaller vehicles on the road. As a result, even vehicles traveling at slow rates can cause very serious damage. Even if you are involved in one of these accidents and do not believe that you have been injured, it is still important to be seen by a medical professional because not all injuries are immediately apparent.
- Collect Evidence About Your Truck Accident. After truck accidents occur, it is critical to obtain any information about how the event occurred provided that it is safe to do so. If you can, you should take care of all involved vehicles as well as skid marks or any evidence about how the accident occurred. Law enforcement should also be contacted because they are able to create a report documenting how the accident occurred, which can then be used as evidence in a court of law.
Why You Should Consult with Our Trucking Accident Attorneys
You may be asking why you need a hire a trucking accident lawyer…..that’s a great question that you may not get answered until it’s too late.
Lawyers trained to handle and represent victims of commercial vehicle accidents ensure that you are not taken advantage of by the trucking company, their insurance company and lawyers as well as the trailer company.
Don’t wait until it’s too late and you’ve made a mistake after the accident with your claim. Some of the most common reasons you need a trucking accident lawyer are:
- Ensure you don’t make any statements against your interest to the insurance company that could place your claim in jeopardy.
- Speak for you when communicating with the insurance companies and their lawyers.
- Relive you of the burden of communicating with the insurance company and big rig companies representative regarding sensitive matters that may detrimentally affect your claim.
- Compliance with local laws and statutes in the event a lawsuit is required.
- Filing a lawsuit on your behalf within the statute of limitations.
- Conduct depositions with the truck driver and experts in preparation of trial.
- Make certain all of your medical bills and expense are paid after settlement or verdict.
- Guarantee that your lost wages are reimbursed in the event of a settlement of verdict.
And most importantly….working with you to answer all of your questions and provide the legal, medial and mental health resources you require to recover.
A commercial truck accident lawyer in Maryland specializes in representing victims of a trucking accident to ensure they are compensated for their medical bills, lost wages, property damage and pain and suffering.
These lawyers do this through negotiations with the insurance company representing the trucking company. If the accident lawyer cannot resolve the claim, they will file a lawsuit in the appropriate court asking a judge or jury to determine the compensation for their client.
By hiring legal representation, you are ensuing all injury and damage rights are protected and the truck driver is held responsible for their negligence.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Trucking Accident Injury Lawyer?
Most personal injury lawyers (the area of law that encompasses trucking accidents) do not charge an up front fee to represent an individual for a claim against a truck driver or their insurance carrier.
The phrase, “no fee unless we win” is commonly used by attorneys that litigate insurance claims for victims.
That means, someone who is injured in an accident with a big rig does not have to pay upfront or even out of pocket to hire the lawyer.
The lawyer “fronts” all of the costs and expenses, relying on the contingency fee structure for compensation when and if the claim is successful. Even if the lawyer cannot pursue a claim, for various reasons, then the client would still not owe any money for the legal representation.
We never charge a fee to pursue a claim for our clients who have been hurt in a crash with an 18-wheeler or any other type of commercial vehicle. That means we pay all of the costs associated with the investigation, legal processing and lawsuit that may need to be filed on behalf of the client.
If you have questions about how a lawyer gets paid after a trucking accident, contact our office and speak with a lawyer that can explain the entire process and how the fee structure works for semi accidents.
How Long Do You Have to Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer for Your Injuries?
Ideally, you should hire a law firm as soon as possible after the accident with an over-sized vehicle.
There may be some restrictions on hiring a lawyer as the statute of limitations could preclude them from seeking compensation in your case.
There are various reasons you want to call a lawyer as soon after the accident. The most important is to improve your case and claim. You want to give your lawyer and your case the best possible chance to collect all evidence and information about the accident as close to the date and time of the accident.
Evidence, which is a legal term for facts and information, can spoil as time passes. For example, your lawyer may want to visit the scene of the accident and obtain photographs and skid mark data. As time passes, the scene may change, the seasons may present a different perspective or the skid marks may disappear from wear by other vehicles.
The sooner your lawyer or his investigators can get to the scene, better evidence may be collected which can improve your claim and chance of success against the driver and their insurance company.
The insurance company for the trucking company does not want to pay for your injuries, and they will do everything in their power to minimize or deny your claims.
We understand that in some circumstances, hiring a lawyer may be near impossible. Since truck crashes are typically followed by intensive medical care and treatment, sometimes requiring months confined to a hospital bed or long term physical therapy. It may be tough to interview or consult various attorneys in this time of recovery.
At the very least, consider personally calling a lawyer or have a friend or loved contact their office to begin the process of evidence collection and preserve your rights.
What Types of Trucking Accidents Do Our Lawyers Handle?
Our Maryland truck accident law firm handles serious injury cases for victims involved with every kind of commercial vehicle accident including:
- Big Rigs
- Boat Hauling Trucks
- Bus Crashes
- Cargo Trucks
- Concrete & Cement Trucks
- Construction Truck
- Coal Trucks
- Crabbing Trucks
- Delivery Vans
- Dump Trucks
- Flatbed Trucks
- Fuel Trucks
- Garbage & Trash Trucks
- Horse Hauling Trucks
- Logging Trucks
- Moving Vans
- Steel Trucks
- Tanker & Gas Trucks
- Tow Trucks
No matter what kind or size vehicle caused your accident, we can help. Schedule a free consultation to speak about your accident, how we can get your medical bills repaid and what you may be entitled to for the long recovery you may be facing.
Recovering Compensation After a Semi Truck Crash
Your lawyer will have an important hand in determining liability, and the investigation of the accident scene is usually one of the first steps towards getting a settlement.
It is also likely that your truck accident lawyer will want to inspect your vehicle as well as the other vehicle involved in the crash.
Examining the vehicle can help to determine what exactly happened in an accident, and it can show who has liability. It can also determine what level of damage was done to the motor vehicle and what you are owed to repair it.
An accident reconstruction is another likely course of action that a truck accident lawyer will request, in order to get a better sense of what the accident was like (for instance, whether it was head-on or a jackknifing incident) and the physics behind the accident itself.
The car accident reconstruction can help to answer a considerable number of questions, and can even be useful in determining overall liability.
Getting into a truck accident can often be a life-altering event. Serious injuries are unfortunately common in truck accidents, particularly for those who were in the passenger car and not the truck.
A trucking accident is more likely to cause serious damage to both the car and the human life it contains, often leading to severe head, neck, and back injuries. Brain trauma is likely and a traumatic brain injury, depending on the severity, could have life long implications for the victim.
Medical bills along with a medically necessary leave from work can lead to hard times financially for truck accident victims. Fortunately, seeking a settlement from the driver of the truck is a possibility.
The more serious the injuries (and if there was any loss of life sustained), the more important it is to contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as it is possible – typically, once your medical condition is considered safe and stabilized and you are out of the woods.
Though some cases with minor injuries can be adequately assessed and handled by the injured victim of the truck accident, for those with severe injuries or even those who do not have any experience with legal proceedings should seek the consultation and legal services of a practiced and skilled truck accident lawyer.
Our Maryland Semi Truck + 18 Wheeler Accident Attorneys Can Help
With the help of our 18-wheeler accident attorneys, you won’t be alone when recovering from your physical, financial and emotional injuries. We know how to stand up to the trucking companies and their insurance companies.
It is important for motor vehicle operators to remember that driving near trucks can place them at serious risk of being involved in an accident.
While there are some steps that can be taken to reduce these accidents, there is no way to entirely avoid accidents of this nature from occurring.
When these accidents do occur, victims frequently find themselves facing a variety of complications including medical bills and lost wages.
Fortunately, at the Law Office of Randolph Rice, we have significant experience helping truck accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Contact our law office today for assistance.
Call today (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free consultation, don’t wait, there’s no obligation and no fee unless we win your case.