Commercial Truck Accidents
Tractor-trailers and other large trucks are a critical part of the American transport industry, so there are many on our highways. Because their weight and bulk make it easy to cause a serious accident if the driver is not cautious, the commercial trucking industry is held to very strict standards by both the federal government and the state of Maryland. Truck drivers must have specialized licenses to drive and operate the vehicles, and when an accident occurs, truck drivers and trucking companies are subject to different rules than the average automobile driver.
In a collision between an automobile and a truck, the injuries sustained are usually far more severe than in a regular car accident. The weight of the tractor-trailers, flatbed trucks and other commercial vehicles coupled with the enormous, heavy loads they carry leave the average passenger vehicle with little chance of escaping an accident unscathed. Those injured in these accidents generally sustain serious injuries or even fatalities. At The Casper Firm, truck accident lawyers can assist you if you have been injured by a negligent or reckless truck driver.
CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Most often, an accident is the result of driver negligence or negligent maintenance of the tractor trailer. A tractor-trailer or large truck accident can be caused by many factors, including:
- Failure to maintain or inspect tires, trailer hitches or other mechanical parts of the truck
- Driver fatigue (falling asleep at the wheel)
- Lack of driver experience
- Unsafe speed
- Failure to use proper safety measures such as putting chains on tires in snowy weather
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication
- Improperly balanced load or other weight violations
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
At The Casper Firm, our truck accident attorneys are highly experienced and knowledgeable in cases involving serious accidents and severe injuries. We are well versed in the nuances of commercial vehicle law and personal injury law, and we have successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our injured clients. We work with the top medical and forensic experts to establish strong cases against those responsible for the negligent or reckless injuries to our clients. We can help you recover your medical expenses, lost wages, losses for pain and suffering and emotional pain, as well.
Trucking and other commercial transport companies generally have much larger insurance policies than regular drivers do, and their insurance companies will fight very hard to avoid paying out damages. You need a fierce advocate with the experience to build an effective case against the trucking company’s insurer. At The Casper Firm, our main objective is to get you the justice that you deserve. Call us for a free consultation at (410) 989-5097.