Maryland Truck Accident Laws
Maryland truck accident laws are complex. When trucks are involved, additional factors can further complicate already intricate statutes. Maryland and Federal statutes regarding Class E Vehicles (trucks with two or more axles) are very stringent. There are limitations on the allowable height, weight, and width of these vehicles, as well as the manner in which they transport and secure the goods they are hauling.
These types of variables are best left to an experienced Maryland truck accident attorney to navigate. Our experience in these matters gives us insight into not only the best course of defense in your case, but also the best manner in which to investigate the causes of your accident. We know what questions to ask, and how to go about finding their answers.
Some frequently asked questions regarding Maryland Truck Laws are:
Can you litigate against a trucking company for damages caused by a negligent driver?
According to state law – yes. This notion of “respondeat superior” implies that the agency that allowed the negligent driver to operate bears some responsibility for damages caused by that negligence. Truck drivers that haul goods are agents of the companies that they transport for and essentially represent those companies in that capacity.
Who is entitled to sue on behalf of a victim of a truck accident collision?
Any injured party may potentially file a truck accident claim. Additionally, if you are a relative or a loved one, you might be entitled to compensations for damages.
If you failed to wear your seatbelt, does state law excuse (or partially excuse) the liable party for your injuries?
The answer is no. The Maryland Transportation Code specifies that drivers who fail to wear seatbelts may not be punished as such for their negligence at trial.
Does Maryland mandate that truckers have insurance?
Absolutely. At minimum, drivers of commercial rigs must have three-quarters of a million dollars worth of insurance to cover personal injuries, wrongful death or property damages.
If you live outside of Maryland but were involved in an accident on a MD road, should you hire a Maryland truck accident attorney or an attorney from your home-state? Conversely, if you are a Marylander who was injured in another state, should you choose counsel based in state or based in the state where your accident occurred?
The answer depends on the circumstance of your case. To get a free consultation to discuss what your next legal steps should be, dial 1 (844)-MDCRASH or 1 (844) 632-7274 to talk to an Alpert Schreyer, LLC attorney. Our attorneys can provide answers to your questions relating to state truck laws and provide you with strategic options to pursue compensation for your injury.