Large trucks are necessary to a city’s economy. They bring goods into the hearts of all of the nation’s largest cities, including Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. However, the small city streets in these cities are not necessarily designed to accommodate large trucks, some of which can be upwards of 70 feet long. This is especially the case in Maryland, where some streets were planned hundreds of years ago. Adding to the danger is that in many urban areas, there are large numbers of bicyclists and pedestrians who share the roadway with these large trucks.
Notwithstanding the potential difficulties of operating a large truck in an urban environment, the duty to safely operate the truck always lies with the truck’s operator. It is incumbent upon truck drivers to make sure they follow all posted traffic signs. In some cases involving negligent hiring or the absence of necessary safety equipment, liability may also extend to the trucking company. For example, if a trucking company hires a driver with a checkered driving history, and that driver then goes on to cause a fatal accident, the injured party may be able to argue that the company was negligent in vetting the driver before hiring him.
In Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., people injured in serious truck accidents have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit, seeking compensation for their injuries. In cases in which a truck accident results in a fatality, the victim’s surviving loved ones can bring a wrongful death case against the responsible parties, seeking compensation for the loss of their loved one. In either case, the assistance of a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney is critical to a case’s success.