Earlier this month in West Virginia, a single-truck accident involving a logging truck caused significant delays and seriously injured the truck’s driver. According to one local news source covering the incident, the accident occurred on the highway as the truck driver was attempting to make a right-hand turn at an intersection.
Evidently, as the truck began to make the turn, both the cab and the trailer flipped over onto their sides. The large logs on the truck were spilled across the highway. The logs remained in the road until emergency crews were able to bring heavy equipment out to remove them.
Police believe that excessive speed was the main contributing factor in the accident and have issued citations for failure to maintain control and for maintaining defective equipment. Police likely did not issue a citation for speeding because no one was present at the scene of the accident to confirm their suspicions that the truck driver was speeding at the time of the accident.
Maryland Truck Accidents
Thankfully, no one aside from the driver of the truck was injured in the accident discussed above. However, when dealing with large trucks at highway speeds, that is rarely going to be the case. More often than not, after a semi-truck accident, there are accident victims that require medical treatment. Under the laws of Maryland, the innocent victims of a semi-truck accident are entitled to seek financial recovery for their injuries from the negligent truck driver.
Proving Liability in a Truck Accident
As noted above, the police believed that the driver of the truck was speeding but failed to issue a ticket for speeding. Police cannot generally hypothesize as to what happened in a case with potential criminal consequences, since these cases must be proven in court “beyond a reasonable doubt.” However, that is not the case for claims against a negligent driver brought by an accident victim. These civil cases must only be proven by a preponderance of the evidence.
In fact, it is exactly the job of judges and juries to determine what actually happened and who was at fault in civil cases filed by accident victims against allegedly negligent drivers. With the assistance of a skilled attorney, the accident victim can make as strong a case as possible for monetary compensation.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for all that you have been put through. This may include amounts for your past medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, and any pain and suffering you experienced as a result of the accident. Call the dedicated Maryland-based personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC at 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.
More Blog Posts:
Bus Involved in Fatal Accident: One Dead, 13 Injured, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published November 4, 2015.
Weather Blamed for Recent Semi-Truck Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 7, 2015.