Maryland Car Accidents Lawyer
Motor vehicle accidents can be life-changing, it is possible to sustain injuries that can affect you well into your future. Your injuries from a motor vehicle accident can result in the need to have vital and critical medical care and treatment for the foreseeable future. You should not have to cover the cost of your own care or manage those mounting financial burdens associated with job loss or medical treatment after having been injured by another driver. We at Avid Injury & Criminal Defense Law Firm are here to guide you through this difficult time and to fight on your behalf. Get the help that you need now.
Types of Maryland Motorvehicle Crashes
These car accidents occur when the driver of one car strikes the vehicle in front of it. In the vast majority of rear-end crashes, the driver in the back is at-fault due to following too closely and not leaving enough distance to stop. There are a few instances in which the driver in front may be liable such as if they slam on the breaks for no reason, reverse suddenly, or fail to repair a broken tail light. Rear-end accidents often result in whiplash and other neck and back injuries.
A side-impact collision, also known as a t-bone or broadside accident occurs when the side of one vehicle is impacted by the front or rear end of another vehicle.
A sideswipe collision occurs when two vehicles driving next to one another in the same direction make contact on their sides. These accidents happen most often when one driver makes a lane change and does not look first before merging over.
A head-on collision takes place when the front ends of two vehicles hit each other. These are among the most deadly types of auto accidents.
An accident involving a big rig, semi-trailer or commercial truck is more likely to result in catastrophic injury or death than an accident involving an automobile. A tractor-trailer weighs between 12,000 and 80,000 pounds – that’s 25 times more than the average car.
A truck of that size traveling at a high speed can inflict serious damage to anything in its path.
A truck accident claim is more nuanced and complicated than a car accident claim. In a truck accident, the truck driver may not be the only liable party. The trucking company, the manufacturer of the truck’s parts, the cargo shipper or loader, and certain vendors may share responsibility.
In order to determine liability in a truck accident, one must have extensive knowledge of the state and federal laws that govern the trucking industry. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets forth regulations on the number of consecutive hours a truck driver can safely drive; the keeping of logs and records; and maintenance and repair of the vehicle. In addition, the Code of Maryland Regulations outlines regulations for truckers pertaining to licensing, vehicle inspections, weight limits, and other issues.
Potential Liable Parties in Truck Crash
A truck driver can be at-fault if they exhibited negligent or reckless driving behavior such as driving distracted, driving fatigued, or speeding. They can also be found in violation of a federal regulation if they fail to take a necessary rest break or drive in excess of the federally mandated limit. A trucker is also responsible for inspecting the truck to ensure it is properly maintained and the cargo is properly loaded.
To help substantiate truck driver negligence, Mr. Williams will review the driver’s activity logs and inspection history. If possible, he will look at data from the wrecked truck’s “black box” which can shed light on such things as the speed at which the truck was traveling before the accident,
A trucking company is responsible for the trucks and drivers it puts on the road. A truck carrier can be found liable for a truck driver’s negligence under a legal theory known as respondeat superior, which means that the agent is responsible for the principal. The trucking company may also be liable under the theories of negligent entrustment or negligent supervision if they failed to adequately screen or train drivers.
Trucking companies are also known to do anything to maximize profits even if it means cutting corners on safety and maintenance or falsifying log books. For example, a trucking company may allow their drivers to exceed FMCSA hours of service rules. This is a clear violation of federal law which can land the trucking company in hot water if an accident occurs as a result of their negligence.
A truck part manufacturer can be held liable for a truck accident in circumstances in which there are faulty brakes, tire defects, weak load straps, cab/trailer coupling system defects, faulty locks, etc. These issues may be the result of faulty design or poor maintenance.
In many cases it is shippers not drivers that load the trailer, secure the freight and seal the trailer. Shippers can be held liable if the trailer is improperly loaded causing freight to shift or fall off the truck.
Motorcyclists face many challenges and dangers on the road. Motorcycles lack the safety features provided by cars and trucks. There is no door, roof, or seatbelt. With little protection between themselves and other vehicles on the road, motorcyclists are at increased risk for serious or fatal injury.
Motorcycle riders are often stereotyped as being daredevils even though most obey the laws of the road. In the majority of cases, motorcycle accidents occur due to the negligent driving of other motorists.
The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Unsafe lane changes: a driver collides with a motorcyclist after failing to check blind spot or use turn signal
- Sudden stops
- Left turns: 42% of all motorcycle accidents occur when a car makes a left turn at the same time a motorcyclist is going through an intersection or trying to pass the car
- Poorly designed or manufactured motorcycle parts
- Badly maintained roads
PIP Benefits Not Available for Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists in Maryland are not afforded the same insurance benefits as other motorists.
Under Maryland Insurance Code § 19-505, insurers are permitted to withhold personal injury protection benefit coverage from motorcyclists because they are considered to be too “high-risk.” PIP coverage covers medical expenses and lost income regardless of who was at fault.
Motorcycle accident lawyer Prince Williams will work tirelessly to prove that someone else’s negligence caused your accident so you get the recovery you deserve.