It should come as no surprise that Maryland truck accidents involving large commercial trucks carry the potential to cause major destruction. This is especially the case when the accident involves multiple vehicles or takes place on a crowded highway. Indeed, some of the most devastating Maryland truck accidents involve chain-reaction collisions that begin with one vehicle but end up affecting many others.
Determining which driver is responsible in multi-vehicle accidents can be a difficult task, and it is often left up to the courts to decide. Generally speaking, all of the parties who believe they are entitled to compensation will file a personal injury lawsuit against the parties they believe to be responsible for their injuries. In chain-reaction car accidents, this usually results in all of the parties involved in the accident being named in the lawsuit. From there, a jury will hear the evidence from each party and come to a determination regarding each party’s respective percentage of fault.
In Maryland personal injury cases, courts apply a very strict rule when determining which parties in an accident are permitted to recover compensation for their injuries. Under the doctrine of contributory negligence, any party who is even the slightest bit at fault for an accident will not be permitted to recover compensation from any other person involved in the accident. This stands true even if a plaintiff is determined to be just 5% at fault. Thus, the importance of a thorough investigation and diligent preparation cannot be overstated.
Truck Accident Results in Falling Road Sign
Earlier this month in Alabama, an accident between an SUV and a semi-truck resulted in one death and several injuries. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the driver of an SUV collided with a semi-truck, who then lost control, sending the truck careening into a nearby road sign. The road sign fell onto the highway, where it landed on top of a third motorist’s vehicle.
The driver of the semi-truck was ejected from the vehicle as it flipped onto its side. He was later pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. In addition, several other motorists involved in the collision were hospitalized with various injuries. Police are conducting an investigation into the cause of the fatal truck accident, and they have not yet issued any citations to any of the drivers involved.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The skilled Maryland personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers have extensive experience representing accident victims in all types of personal injury cases, including car accident cases involving multiple motorists. We are knowledgeable about the pertinent laws and procedural regulations, and we do our best to ensure our clients are fairly compensated for their injuries. Call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation with an attorney today.
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The Dangers of Maryland Dirt Roads, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published August 3, 2017.