A tragic accident in Newburg is a reminder to us all that the vehicles with which we share the road are capable of causing catastrophic accidents. According to a report by CBS Baltimore, an accident involving a dump truck and a Lincoln Navigator resulted in three fatalities. Reports indicate that the driver of the Navigator failed to stop at an intersection and collided with the truck.
Accidents with Commercial Trucks Can Cause Serious Injuries
Many commercial trucks that you see on the road weigh as much as 20 to 30 times as much as passenger vehicles. This means that when they are involved in accidents, they can crush the vehicles they hit, often resulting in extremely serious injuries to the people in the smaller car or truck. Some of the more common injuries sustained in include the following:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Accidental amputations
- Severe soft tissue injuries
In many cases, these injuries result in long-term medical problems and substantial economic and non-economic losses. In particularly severe cases, victims of truck accidents can develop disabilities that keep them from working, going to school, or even being able to live without around-the-clock care. As a result, it is imperative that victims do everything they can to protect their legal rights—starting with retaining an experienced Maryland truck accident lawyer.
Will You Be Able to Recover?
Whether or not you will be able to recover compensation depends on whose fault your accident was. If it was the fault of the driver of the commercial vehicle, there is a good chance that you’ll be able to recover compensation. A person is at fault when they fail to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by a person in the same or similar circumstances, and that failure results in an accident. Here are some things that a driver could do that would likely make them at fault if they resulted in a wreck:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Following too closely
- Running stop signs
- Ignoring traffic signals
Whether you will be able to recover compensation depends on a variety of factors, and there is no way to know without having an experienced attorney thoroughly review the facts of your case. Importantly, under Maryland law, if you are deemed at all responsible for your accident, you will be unable to recover any compensation at all. This makes it all the more important to retain an attorney to protect your legal rights from the very beginning, as one wrong statement could place your entire case in jeopardy.
Call Alpert Schreyer, LLC Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Maryland Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been hurt in an accident involving a commercial truck, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. These kinds of cases are often much more complicated—and more contested—than those involving only privately-owned vehicles, and the experience of your lawyer matters. At Alpert Schreyer, we are committed to helping truck accident victims get the compensation they deserve. Contact us online or call (844) 632-7274 to schedule a free case evaluation with a lawyer.