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Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorney in Maryland
Tractor-trailers and semi-trucks are involved in some of the most devastating accidents on Baltimore roadways. If you are involved in a Baltimore truck accident, it is essential to consult with an experienced attorney.
At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., our legal team includes several former police officers with significant accident investigation experience. We know firsthand that trucking companies have significant resources to fight claims by accident victims, which is why you need an experienced legal team at your side.
Our Baltimore truck accident lawyers can help you obtain compensation for any damages you suffered. Contact our office at (410) 685-2022 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Who Is At-Fault (Liable) in a Truck Accident Case?
Determining who is liable for the tractor-trailer accident can be complicated. Our firm’s knowledge of trucking industry documentation such as bills of lading, shipping records, and trip tickets helps us assess all the evidence. Our attorneys understand the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and regulations.
The insurance company’s coverage may not be adequate, so being able to identify all parties involved is crucial to assure adequate compensation for you.
In a truck accident case, our attorneys consider factors such as:
- The driver’s log book to determine whether he or she complied with the driving time restrictions in FMCSA
- The maintenance records of the truck to determine whether required repairs and checks were performed
- The black box on the truck to verify the log book
- The training the driver received
- Road conditions at the time of the crash
- The truck’s speed
- Blood tests for alcohol and drugs
In addition, we may consult with accident reconstructionists, physicians and other providers, physical therapists, life care planners, economists, and other experts who can help us understand the impact of the truck accident on our client’s life.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
When you are involved in a truck accident, you must act right away. Insurance companies for the trucking companies often send investigators and adjusters to the scene immediately. When a victim acts just as quickly, evidence can be preserved, and witnesses can be interviewed before their memories fade.
If you are involved in a truck accident, you should:
- Seek medical treatment immediately. Call 9-1-1 from the scene and let them know that you or another party was injured so that they can dispatch emergency medical services.
- Gather evidence. If you are able, take pictures and videos at the scene. Get any and all insurance information from the truck operator, including insurance contact information and policy numbers. It is important to note that there may be more than one applicable insurance policy.
- Contact our office. Call our office at (410) 685-2022 or fill out our online contact form to speak directly with a Baltimore truck accident lawyer.
One of the biggest mistakes that individuals injured in tractor-trailer accidents make is not seeking medical attention. Even if you are unsure about your injuries, you should still be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. A delay in treatment can delay your recovery and hurt your chances of receiving full compensation for your injuries.
Transportation and Trucking Around Baltimore
Baltimore is a major transportation hub, acting as a critical artery between the south, the midwest, and the northeast. Millions of trucks pass through Maryland, picking up cargo from the Port of Baltimore and transporting them across the country.
In 2019 alone, the Port of Baltimore handled 43.6 million tons of international cargo, ranking the city 9th in the nation for total dollar value handled.
The high density of commercial vehicles makes truck accidents more likely on Baltimore roads. Tractor-trailers and semi-trucks traveling at unsafe speeds, with fatigued drivers, or improperly loaded cargo can cause unimaginable devastation to other vehicles.
Recently-added Amazon fulfillment and distribution centers have exponentially increased the number of trucks in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.
Truck Accidents on the Rise
In addition to the increase in shipping facilities, truck operators have been under more pressure than ever to deliver goods quickly. Guaranteed two-day shipping from retailers means that tractor-trailer drivers are faced with incredibly tight deadlines for delivery.
Leading causes of 18 wheeler and semi-truck accidents:
- Driver fatigue
- Careless or reckless driving
- Driver inattention
- Driving while impaired
The pressure and stress of the trucking industry can lead some operators to cut corners, ignore safety regulations, and put themselves and others at risk of injury or death.
Compensation After a Maryland Trucking Accident
In order to receive compensation after an accident involving a tractor-trailer or other commercial truck, it is strongly recommended that you secure legal representation. An experienced attorney can help ensure that you receive financial recovery for all of your losses.
Typical damages in a truck accident include:
- Medical bills, including the cost of future treatment;
- Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity;
- Losses related to vehicle or property damage; and
- Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
Determining the value of your case can be difficult without the help of a knowledgeable Baltimore truck accident lawyer. An insurance adjuster may try to convince you that your case is not worth very much and that you should immediately settle for a lower sum. Unfortunately, most unrepresented accident victims end up settling their case for significantly less than it is worth.
You should always consult with an attorney before signing anything related to your case or accepting a settlement from the insurance company.
Get Help For Truck Accidents Throughout Maryland
We advocate for clients involved in truck and tractor-trailer accidents on Maryland roadways such as Interstate 83, Interstate 95, Interstate 70, and Maryland Route 50.
Wherever your crash occurred, our lawyers can help you obtain compensation for your losses, expenses, and damages. We also file wrongful death claims for clients whose loved ones have died in truck accidents.
For more information about our Baltimore truck accident lawyers, contact Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A. today. Call (410) 505-7542 toll-free or complete our online form.