Glen Burnie Truck Accident Lawyer
Despite tightened regulations in the trucking industry and advancements in technology, statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicate that fatal truck accidents have increased in recent years. The number of deadly trucking crashes went up 34 percent from 2005 to 2009, and there was a 40 percent spike in fatal collisions over 2016-2017. Plus, the data regarding injury-causing truck accidents is also disturbing. During the seven-year period from 2009 to 2015, approximately 97,000 victims were hurt in such collisions, which represents a 62 percent increase over previous years.
As you can imagine when looking at the size of a semi, 18-wheeler, or other large truck, the resulting injuries can be devastating for victims. If you were hurt, it’s essential to work with experienced attorneys who will fight to get the compensation you deserve. Our team at the Law Offices of Steinhardt, Siskind and Lieberman, LLC has extensive knowledge of the relevant laws, so we’re prepared to take on the legal challenges. Please contact us to set up a no-cost consultation with a Glen Burnie truck accident lawyer today. You might also find it helpful to review some of the basics.
Examples of Truck Driver Negligence
Trucking crashes are usually the result of careless actions, which goes by the term “negligence” in the practice of law. You need to prove that the truck operator failed to exercise reasonable caution when driving, and this breach of duty was the direct cause of the accident. Truck driver negligence takes many forms, but some of the most common types include:
- Speeding above the posted limit;
- Traveling too fast for road or weather conditions;
- Drunk or drugged driving;
- Taking curves or steep grades too fast;
- Improper lane changes;
- Failure to yield; and,
- Distracted driving, such as texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, or using a GPS.
Overcoming Challenges in Truck Crash Claims
Trucking accidents are unique among motor vehicle collisions, so you may encounter obstacles in the legal process. Our Glen Burnie lawyers are prepared for these challenges, whether we’re negotiating a settlement or working to protect your rights in the courtroom. Still, you should note three particular issues:
- Because of their size, truck crashes tend to cause serious, catastrophic injuries to occupants of the passenger vehicle. Head and brain trauma, damage to internal organs, spinal cord injuries, and many other types of severe bodily harm are common. Of course, this leads to higher medical costs for victims.
- Truckers must carry considerable insurance coverage, starting at $750,000 and up. This risk of loss for insurers is significant, so they assign your claim to employees who will protect the company’s interests – not yours.
- There are multiple parties in a truck collision case, beyond the insurer and driver. You could be dealing with a trucking company, the truck owner, a partnership, and many others in seeking compensation.
Consult with a Glen Burnie Trucking Accident Attorney About Your Options
To learn more about our legal services in truck crash claims, please contact the Law Offices of Steinhardt, Siskind and Lieberman, LLC. We can schedule a free case evaluation to review your situation and advise you on your options.