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Clinton Truck Accident Lawyer

Clinton Truck Accident Lawyer

Clinton, like many other parts of Prince George’s County, is a popular area among those looking for easy access to the beltway and Andrews Air Force Base. It’s likely that thousands of motorists travel along Maryland Route 5 and 223, both of which traverse the unincorporated area daily, while, according to the Maryland Department of Transporation’s Traffic Volume Maps by County, many more navigate other nearby surface streets, U.S. routes, and interstates.

Motorbikes and passenger cars aren’t the only ones navigating our roadways; trucks are, too. Our area’s heavy traffic, including the abundance of unequally sized and weighted vehicles on our roads, can make for a dangerous mix, causing life-threatening injuries. A Clinton truck accident lawyer is here for you if you’re one of the unfortunate victims.

You can expect to be put in direct contact with an attorney when you reach out to our legal office, GDH Law. The lawyer you speak with will ask questions about the series of events that led up to your tractor-trailer collision and the steps you took afterward.

These will help determine your legal rights in your potential case.

If you’re ready to explore the legal options and possible compensation for your accident-related losses, email or call us today for your initial no-obligation consultation.

Types of Trucks That Become Involved in Crashes in Maryland

When thinking about truck collisions that can cause permanently disabling injuries, 18-wheelers may immediately come to mind.

Tractor-trailers aren’t the only trucks that can cause life-altering impairments, though. In our experience in working with clients who’ve been hurt in truck related crashes, we’ve found that the following big rigs are most commonly involved in wrecks:

  • Package delivery trucks
  • Logging trucks
  • Short-distance box trucks
  • Long-haul, cargo-hauling trucks
  • Open bed or dump trucks
  • Tow trucks
  • Fire trucks
  • Utility trucks
  • Multi-car transport trucks

Also, our experience is that wrecks involving big vehicles can seriously maim those involved.  We know this firsthand as each of our firm’s attorneys has handled these types of.

No matter what type of truck you were struck by, our GDH Law team can support you in holding the liable party accountable.

Who You Can Hold Liable for an 18-Wheeler Collision

Just like the many types of trucks that can collide with you, and the variety of factors that can contribute to big rig accidents, there are also numerous parties who can potentially be held accountable for injuries or fatalities that result from crashes, including:

  • Tractor-trailer operators: Reckless driving behaviors like distractions, operating a vehicle while under the influence of substances, speeding, etc., are almost always going to be attributable to the truck’s driver. So, if evidence shows the crash occurred due to driver error or negligent behavior, then the truck’s operator is sure to be listed as a defendant in any injury lawsuit filed.
  • Trucking companies: Employers may be in such a hurry to hire someone to operate one of their trucks that they neglect to verify that they have an active commercial driver’s license (CDL), that their U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is current, that they have a safe driving record, or check their references to find out if there were any behavioral concerns when working for their previous employer. Once hired, these companies may fail to properly administer randomized drug screenings, re-verify licensing or driving safety records, or supervise their staff to ensure they’re adequately adhering to hours of service, pre-trip inspection, and other requirements. Instances in which there’s evidence showing that a fleet company failed to do what was required of them may expose them to legal liability.
  • The loading company: In some cases, a big truck’s operator just shows up at a warehouse, connects their cab to the trailer, and hauls it away. In other words, not only must the trucker take on faith what the loader tells them is in their trailer, but they also on the assumption that the load was packed securely with the weight properly distributed and secured in place to avoid shifting. Cargo often doesn’t get loaded correctly, and truckers don’t find out until they attempt to brake and the load shifts about in their trailer. They may result in difficulty braking, a jackknife accident, or the tractor-trailer overturning when the operator tries to get off on a circular interstate exit ramp.
  • Mechanics: While trucking companies may have a maintenance person on staff to service their fleet, many truckers are owner-operators, meaning they may be responsible for ensuring their own vehicles are roadworthy by taking them to a mechanic of their choosing. If an employee of the trucking company errs, it may mean that the employer is liable for what happens. Any instance in which a third-party auto repair person fails to fix a known safety issue, may leave them potentially liable for harm that results.
  • Manufacturers: Any company involved in producing individual components that go into manufacturing the truck or after-market parts can potentially face liability for accidents that can be attributed to their failure. For example, if a trucker causes a crash and a later investigation shows that the truck’s power-assisted steering system’s failed, and the manufacturer knew it was unsafe, you may be able to pursue them for any injuries you suffered because of it.

While some causes of crashes (and the liable parties) are clear from the get-go, in our experience that’s not often the case.

What Role Does Crash Scene Reconstruction Play in Truck Accident Cases?

It’s not uncommon for a truck accident lawyer to seek the services of a crash reconstructionist when fault and liability aren’t clear. The aim of a truck accident reconstruction is to piece together physical evidence, as well as circumstantial clues, that may shed light on how and why a collision occurred.

Regarding this circumstantial evidence, a reconstructionist may look at whether any of the following could have played a role in the crash:

  • Environmental issues: Included in this category are inclement weather conditions or visibility issues, like smog and fog, sunrise and sunset, and even the effects of reflectors and lights
  • Driver errors: This can be on the part of either a passenger car operator or truck driver and may include factors such as speeding, distracted driving, substance influence, failing to abide by traffic signs and signals, or a failure to signal when making a turn
  • Traffic engineering concerns: Factors such as malfunctioning traffic lights, poor road design, and improperly marked detours are just some examples of contributing factors that a reconstruction expert may uncover

A reconstructionist will often visit a crash scene to see if anything, in particular, stands out to them, or to perform measurements themselves. There are also circumstances in which the data contained in a police report is comprehensive enough that they can prepare 3-D models of what happened, and make assessments from there.

No matter what method they use, our attorneys have found these types of evidence analyses to be invaluable in helping us determine what happened so we can pursue the correct responsible party or parties on our injured or deceased clients’ behalf.

Why You Need to Speak with a Clinton Trucking Accident Attorney if You’re Hurt

As you can see from reading about different types of trucks common in accidents, potentially liable parties, and the role of crash reconstruction in helping attorneys with liability determinations, cases like these are multi-faceted and seldom straightforward.

A Clinton truck accident lawyer from GDH Law is standing by, eager to learn about your collision and advise you of legal remedies that  you can pursue in Maryland.

Write or call us, and we’ll connect you with an attorney for a complimentary and risk-free consultation.

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