It is a commonly known fact that truck drivers are at a greater risk of causing an accident than the drivers of other vehicles. This is due in part to the knowledge and experience that is necessary to operate these heavy, unwieldy vehicles. As is the case with all accidents, there will be times when the parties involved know each other. While this may make what was already a tragic event even worse, it should not stand in the way of the injured party pursuing the compensation they deserve.
In Maryland and across the country, insurance coverage is mandatory for all drivers. This is of course true for truck drivers as well. In fact, depending on the type of cargo and truck involved, there may be specific insurance requirements that must be met by the trucking company. Insurance is required because in many cases the person responsible for the accident is not likely able to cover the extensive costs that may be involved. These include the medical bills for the victims, the lost wages they sustain while away from work and in recovery, and any decrease in future earning potential due to their new limitations. It may also include amounts for the emotional pain and suffering that the accident victim is forced to endure.
Thankfully, insurance companies are there to make injured parties whole again. However, insurance companies are also operated on a for-profit model and generally try to settle or deny claims to ensure they keep their coffers full for the stockholders. It is therefore very important that anyone injured in a Maryland truck accident seek the counsel of an experienced attorney to help them with the preparation of their case.
Man Killed in Dump Truck Accident, Victim Was Friends with the Truck’s Driver
Earlier this month, one man was killed in a two-truck collision in Georgia when he was rear-ended by a dump truck and pushed off a bridge. According to one local news source covering the tragic event, the accident occurred when one dump truck inexplicably crashed into the rear of another, causing both to fall off a bridge. The man whose truck was struck was knocked out of the truck’s cabin and landed in the water below. Tragically, his truck fell on top of him, and he was found dead when emergency crews were able to lift the truck out of the water. The other truck driver sustained only minor injuries. It remains to be seen whether any personal injury cases or insurance claims will arise from this tragic event.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in any kind of Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to help you cover the costs associated with your injuries. Even if you knew the other party involved, you may still have a valid claim against that driver’s insurance policy. In fact, that may be your only means of recovery. To learn more, call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation with an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney.
More Blog Posts:
Truck Tire Safety Can Reduce Serious Trucking Accidents, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 7, 2016.
Deadly Accidents With Semi Trucks and Commercial Vehicles Are Too Common In Maryland, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 14, 2016.