Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers
Large Truck Accident Claims in Maryland
Of all motor vehicle accidents, those involving large commercial trucks tend to have the most devastating—and deadly—consequences. If you or someone you love was involved in a car accident with a semi-truck, big rig, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, delivery truck, or any other large commercial vehicle, Mike Slocumb Law Firm can help.
Our experienced and aggressive truck accident attorneys represent individuals and families throughout the Greater Baltimore Area who have had their lives forever changed by the negligent and wrongful conduct of others. To date, we have secured more than $500 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients—and we are prepared to fight for every penny you are owed. After a large truck accident, you need a legal team you can rely on; you need Mike Slocumb Law Firm.
On This Page:
- What to Do After a Trucking Accident
- Types of Trucking Accidents
- Common Injuries Resulting from Truck Accidents
- Who Is Responsible for a Truck Accident?
- How Mike Slocumb Law Firm Can Help
- Seeking Maximum Compensation for Your Damages
Being involved in a trucking accident can be a traumatic and stressful experience. It's crucial to know what to do immediately following the accident to protect yourself and any other individuals involved.
Here are some steps to take after a trucking accident:
- Check for injuries: The first and most important step is to check yourself and any passengers for injuries. If anyone is seriously injured, call 911 immediately and wait for medical help to arrive.
- Move to a safe location: If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road to prevent further accidents or collisions. Turn on your hazard lights to signal other drivers to slow down and exercise caution.
- Call the police: Even if there are no injuries, you should still call the police to report the accident. They will assess the situation, gather evidence, and create an official report. Make sure to exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver.
- Document the accident: Take photos of the damage to both vehicles and any injuries sustained. Write down the name, phone number, and address of any witnesses who may have seen the accident.
- Contact your insurance company: Notify your insurance company of the accident as soon as possible. They will guide you through the claims process and help you file a claim.
- Consult with a lawyer: If you or any passengers were injured in the accident, it may be in your best interest to consult with a lawyer. They can help you understand your legal rights and options for pursuing compensation.
- Follow up with medical treatment: If you or any passengers were injured, make sure to follow up with medical treatment as needed. Keep a record of all medical bills and expenses related to the accident.
By following these steps, you can ensure that you receive the necessary medical attention and support, and that your legal rights are protected.
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There are various types of trucking accidents, each with its unique causes and effects. Some of the most common types of trucking accidents include:
- Rear-end collisions: Rear-end collisions occur when a truck hits the vehicle in front of it. These types of accidents can result from distracted driving, fatigue, or faulty brakes.
- Jackknife accidents: Jackknife accidents occur when the trailer of the truck swings out to the side, forming a V-shape with the cab. These types of accidents can occur due to sudden braking, oversteering, or speeding.
- Rollover accidents: Rollover accidents occur when the truck tips over, either due to excessive speed, overloading, or unbalanced cargo. These accidents are particularly dangerous as they can result in severe injuries or even fatalities.
- Underride accidents: Underride accidents occur when a smaller vehicle collides with the back or side of a truck and slides underneath it. These accidents can be fatal as the smaller vehicle's roof can be sheared off, causing severe injuries or death.
- Blindspot accidents: Blindspot accidents occur when a truck driver fails to see a smaller vehicle in its blind spot and collides with it. These accidents can be prevented by ensuring that the truck's mirrors and cameras are in good working condition and the driver is paying attention to their surroundings.
- Head-on collisions: Head-on collisions occur when a truck collides with a vehicle coming from the opposite direction. These accidents can be particularly devastating due to the high speeds involved and the significant impact force.
While some of these accidents can be prevented, it is important to exercise caution when driving near commercial trucks and to always follow traffic rules and regulations to minimize the risk of an accident.
Due to their immense weight and sheer size, commercial trucks tend to cause massive amounts of damage when they collide with other, smaller vehicles. Victims often sustain catastrophic injuries, as well as fatalities.
Some of the most common truck accident-related injuries include:
- Head, neck, and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Accidental amputation/loss of limb
- Broken bones, including multiple fractures
- Internal bleeding/hemorrhaging
- Organ and soft tissue damage
- Permanent brain damage
- Skull and spine fractures
- Severe lacerations and blood loss
Treating these and other accident-related injuries tends to be painful, challenging, and expensive. Depending on the severity of the victim’s injuries, treatment can last months or even years; some will require a lifetime of ongoing care.
Just like you would after any other type of motor vehicle accident, you must prove that someone else was to blame for the truck accident that caused your injuries or your loved one’s death if you wish to file a claim. However, unlike other motor vehicle accidents, identifying the liable party after a truck accident can be extremely complex.
In many cases, the trucking company is liable—even when the truck driver was the one who actually caused the crash. This is because most employers are considered liable for their employees while those employees are “on the clock.” However, if the truck driver was classified as an “independent contractor,” or if they violated the law and/or company policy, the trucking company may argue that it is not responsible for the driver’s conduct.
Additionally, there may be other factors at play. A truck driver may swerve into another lane of traffic, causing an accident—but they may have swerved because they lost control of the truck after one of its tires blew out. If the tire in question was defective, the manufacturer could be partly or entirely liable.
Depending on a myriad of factors, any of the following parties could be liable for your truck accident:
- The driver
- The trucking company
- The driver’s employer (if different from the trucking company)
- The company that owns or leases the truck
- The party responsible for truck inspections, maintenance, and/or repairs
- The person or party that loaded the truck’s cargo
- The manufacturer or distributor of a defective truck or truck part
- The entity that designed a defective piece of equipment or vehicle
- Another motorist on the road
- A negligent pedestrian or bicyclist
- A municipal entity responsible for roadway maintenance
- The construction company or engineer that built or designed a defective roadway
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our team carefully evaluates all available evidence to determine the cause(s) of the accident and, most importantly, who was responsible. Our Baltimore truck accident attorneys work with various experts, including accident reconstruction specialists, to thoroughly investigate these accidents and build a case designed to maximize your recovery.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we understand just how devastating large truck accidents are, both for victims and their families. The physical, emotional, and financial consequences are immense. You and your family may be struggling to keep up with mounting medical bills, lost income, and everyday expenses—but you don’t have to continue struggling on your own.
Our Baltimore truck accident lawyers are prepared to help you fight for the fair compensation you are owed. We want to help you not only secure the financial resources you need to manage unexpected expenses and move forward with your life but also ensure that the liable party is held accountable. You deserve a fair recovery and justice when someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct causes you harm. Our firm is here to help you every step of the way, providing aggressive advocacy you can count on and dedicated, personalized representation you can trust.
Reach out to our firm today to request a free initial consultation. We provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe any attorney fees or litigation-related costs unless we recover a settlement or verdict for you. We collect fees via a percentage of your total recovery, so you never owe any out-of-pocket costs when you work with our firm.