When you are in an average passenger vehicle, weighing approximately 3,000 pounds, and you are in an accident with a 30,000- to 80,000-pound truck, the laws of physics regarding momentum, mass and energy are not in your favor. It is no surprise that those in the car are many times more likely to sustain serious or fatal injuries than the truck driver is.
As truck accident attorneys in the Hanover, MD law firm of Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP, we have seen the devastating injuries that occur in accidents between passenger vehicles or motorcycles and semis. Paralyzing spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, organ damage and life-threatening third-degree burns can cause a lifetime of chronic pain and disability. Filing a claim for a car and truck wreck accident is more complicated than a lawsuit over an automobile accident. Our lawyers have the skill and determination to get you the compensation you and your family will need to move forward.Not Just the Truck Driver: Shared Liability in Tractor-Trailer Accidents
The trucking industry is subject to federal laws and is regulated by several agencies, most notably the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), as well as state authorities. These regulations are intended to promote greater truck safety and can also help determine liability in a truck accident. Responsibility may be shared by:
- The truck driver
- The truck or trailer owner
- The leasing entity
- The person or company responsible for truck maintenance
- The manufacturer of any defective truck parts (e.g., tires or brakes)
- The loading company or shipper, if the accident was caused by an unbalanced load
This is where a truck accident lawsuit can get complicated – each of these potentially liable people or companies often has its own insurance company. So when we are working as auto accident lawyers we may be dealing with just one or two insurance companies, while as truck accident attorneys, we are often dealing with as many as five or six insurance companies. That is why it is in your best interest to work with an attorney who has experience with truck accidents. No surprises, no wondering – just the best possible results.
We have been providing legal assistance to truck accident victims in Anne Arundel County and Montgomery County for more than a decade. We understand trucking regulations regarding truck driver fatigue and maintenance logs. We also have a trusted network of accident reconstructionists and others who can help us establish truck accident causes and liability, so we can build a solid case on your behalf. For additional information about truck accidents, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents page .
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