I recently read an article that provided truck owners with ways to limit their responsibility for injuries caused by negligent truck drivers. The article suggested that truck owners aggressively utilize what they referred to as “accident response teams.” Maryland truck accident attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC disagree with some of the tactics these teams employ, and believe that their ultimate goal is to restrict the rights of victims injured in truck accidents.
Even before a victim of a negligent truck accident receives medical treatment for injuries, truck owners and their accident response teams are already preparing a defense to potential personal injury claims. In most cases, these response teams include an insurance adjuster/investigator, the company’s lawyer, the driver of the truck, and an accident reconstruction expert.
The trucking publication advises truck owners to ensure that their response teams arrive at accident scenes before law enforcement personnel leave, and before vehicles involved in the incident are moved. While on the scene of the accident, the response team will interview witnesses, take photographs of the accident scene, and investigate the background of potential injury plaintiffs. The response teams prepare their reports with the ultimate goal of limiting a motor carrier’s liability for injuries caused by negligent truck drivers. In some instances, the investigators may attempt to contact the victim of truck accident while they are recovering from their injuries.
Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC reminds its clients that under Maryland law, it is improper for a truck company, its insurance adjuster, or its lawyer to contact an injured victim involved in an accident once the victim hires an attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent truck driver in the Maryland or D.C. area, contact the truck accident lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC.