Have you or a loved one recently been involved in a truck accident in the state of Maryland? Don’t hesitate to contact WGK Personal Injury Lawyers for help. The truck driver, the trucking company, or another third party might be responsible for the costs and consequences of your accident. Our Maryland truck accident lawyers can help you fight to maximize your compensation.
Our law firm has been a leading advocate for truck accident victims and devastated families across the state since 1977. We’re award-winning Maryland trial attorneys who have dedicated our careers to making sure that trucking companies and insurers are held accountable when accidents happen.
Our results speak volumes: we’ve won tens of millions of dollars in private settlements and jury awards for clients like you.
Benefit from a team with more than 80 years of combined experience and the resources you’ll need to win. Call our law office in Baltimore, MD at (410) 837-2144 to set up a time for a free, no-obligation case assessment today.
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How WGK Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Truck Accident in Maryland
What caused your truck accident? Is a negligent trucker to blame? Did something else – or someone else – contribute to the accident? What happens if the trucking company (or its insurer) refuses to accept responsibility for your injuries? What if they try to blame you?
These are critically important issues – but not ones that you should have to tackle on your own. After all, you’re going to be going up against well-funded, powerful adversaries who will be well-represented by skilled defense attorneys.
That’s where our personal injury lawyers in Maryland can make a difference.
For three generations, our law firm has provided support, guidance, and top-tier legal representation to truck accident victims in Maryland. We’ve taken on the trucking industry and made sure that our clients have had every opportunity to tell their stories and secure the compensation needed to get their lives back on track.
When you trust us with your Maryland truck accident case, we’ll go above and beyond to get you the results you deserve; we’ll:
- Review the results of local, state, and/or federal investigations into your truck accident
- Launch an investigation of our own to ensure that we get the full picture
- Carefully evaluate evidence obtained through the discovery process, including truck black box data, inspection and maintenance logs, driver communication history, physical evidence from the scene, photographs, video footage, witness statements, and medical records
- Defend against claims that you share any responsibility for your truck accident
- Aggressively negotiate the terms of a settlement offer with other parties
- Help you make important decisions about the future of your case
- Prepare to push forward to trial for a potentially better result if you don’t get a fair settlement offer
Focus on getting better. Let our award-winning truck accident attorneys in Maryland handle your fight for compensation. We’ll represent you on a contingency fee basis, so you’ll pay us absolutely nothing unless we win your truck accident case.
Call our Maryland law office to learn more about the benefits of having our respected legal team in your corner. Your first consultation is free, so contact us today.
Maryland Large Truck Accident Statistics
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,348 accidents involving big rigs, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other large commercial trucks were reported across the state of Maryland in 2021.
At least 3,582 vehicles were involved in these large truck accidents.
That year, these collisions caused 1,443 injuries and no fewer than 43 fatalities.
Based on these statistics, there are roughly nine truck accidents across the state every day. Three people are injured because of Maryland truck accidents every day, while one person is killed in a truck accident in Maryland every eight days.
What Causes Most Truck Accidents in Maryland?
The vast majority of truck accidents across the state of Maryland can be avoided.
It makes sense because:
- The trucking industry is highly regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Maryland state law
- Truck drivers are required to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) before they can legally operate a big rig on Maryland state roads
- Truck manufacturers have a responsibility to put safe vehicles on the road
Among other things, these regulations require regular inspection and maintenance of trucks, limit how often and when truck drivers can be on the road, and put the burden of safe operation on the trucking companies.
When truck accidents happen, it’s typically because someone is careless or negligent.
Some of the most common contributors to truck accidents in Maryland include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Fatigued driving
- Driving too fast for road, traffic, or weather conditions
- Unsecured cargo
- Cargo shifts and lost loads
- Unsafe turns, particularly at high speeds
- Merging errors
- Braking errors
- Vehicle defects or malfunction
These things are more likely to happen when truck drivers aren’t qualified or trained properly, and when companies fail to ensure that their fleets of vehicles are fit for traveling on Maryland state roads.
Who’s Responsible for My Truck Accident Injuries?
Under Maryland state law, liability for a truck accident can be shared by all contributing parties.
This means that anyone who plays a direct or indirect role in your truck accident could be on the hook for damages, including a:
- Truck driver
- Third-party motorist
- Trucking company
- Freight loader
- Freight broker
- Truck maintenance specialist
- Truck manufacturer
- Property owner
- Government agency
At WGK Personal Injury Lawyers, our truck accident lawyers in Maryland will carefully assess the details of your wreck to determine how it happened and why. With this information, we can begin to identify anyone who might have contributed to your injuries and work to hold them accountable.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover in a Maryland Truck Accident Lawsuit?
Economic damages are awarded to offset the financial impact of your truck accident caused by:
- Present and future medical bills
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages and job benefits
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Nursing care
- Funeral expenses if a Maryland truck accident is fatal
Non-economic damages are awarded to compensate you for the incredibly personal consequences of your truck accident, which might include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Our Maryland truck accident attorneys will aggressively pursue maximum compensation on your half.
To supplement our legal efforts, we’ll work closely with a team of respected experts and specialists throughout the claims process. They can help us build a strong case and really appreciate how you’ve been impacted by the truck accident. With their help, we can put you in the position to not only win, but recover an award that really represents what your truck accident case is worth.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Given the sheer weight and size of most commercial trucks, they can cause extraordinary damage when they’re involved in a wreck.
If you’re a bystander or an occupant of a smaller vehicle, you’re likely to sustain injuries that are downright catastrophic.
Some of the most common truck accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Nerve damage
- Severe burns
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death of a family member
Our personal injury attorneys in Maryland will work tirelessly to ensure that you are properly compensated for all of your truck accident injuries.
Can I Recover Compensation If I Share Fault for a Maryland Truck Accident?
No. Maryland is one of a handful of states to adopt a model of pure contributory negligence in personal injury matters.
Sharing any degree of blame for your truck accident will automatically bar a financial recovery from a responsible third party.
What’s the Deadline To File a Maryland Truck Accident Lawsuit?
In Maryland, the statute of limitations for truck accident lawsuits is generally three years.
So, you’ll typically have until the third anniversary of your Maryland truck accident to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages.
Three years can seem like a long time. However, it’s important to take prompt action after your truck accident. Once time runs out, you’ll forever lose the right to demand the compensation you need and deserve.
Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced Maryland Truck Accident Lawyer
At WGK Personal Injury Lawyers, we’re proud advocates for clients who have been injured in jackknife truck accidents, underride truck accidents, truck rollovers, and other types of tractor-trailer accidents across the state.
If you’ve been injured because of a negligent truck driver, our Maryland truck accident attorneys are ready to stand up and fight for you.
Put a team with 80 years of combined experience and a proven ability to win complex truck accident matters on the case. Call our Baltimore, Maryland law office to arrange a free consultation today.