The person behind the wheel when a crash occurs is often looked at first as the party at fault. However, in some accidents, the driver does not bear any blame. A car may have a defect due to a manufacturing or design defect or because of a faulty repair. In the case of a faulty repair of a truck or other vehicle, the repair shop may be liable for negligence through filing a Maryland negligence claim.
In a Maryland negligence claim, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care, that the defendant failed to meet the degree of care by required acting or failing to act in some way, that the plaintiff suffered damages because of the wrongful act, and that the defendant’s wrongful act caused the plaintiff damages. A plaintiff has to demonstrate that it was more likely than not that the damages were caused by the defendant’s wrongful conduct.
A repair shop may be liable for negligence if the repair shop was responsible for repairing a vehicle, failed to make the necessary repairs, the plaintiff suffered damages because of the repair shop’s faulty repair, and the plaintiff suffered actual damages. A repair shop may claim that the repair was completed according to expected professional standards or that an accident was caused by another issue. Plaintiffs in a successful negligence claim may be able to recover financial compensation including medical expenses, property damages, lost wages, and emotional suffering.
How Long do Maryland Accident Victims Have to File a Negligence Claim?
Generally, negligence claims in Maryland based on a personal injury must be filed within three years of the date of the injury. There are also some exceptions that may extend the statute of limitations. But in any claim, it is important to meet with legal counsel as soon as possible after an accident so that individuals can gather relevant evidence before it disappears.
Dump Truck Crashes into Tree After Brakes Fail
A dump truck crashed into a tree on a recent Monday morning after the truck reportedly lost its brakes. According to one news source, the crash occurred in Pennsylvania as the driver of the truck was driving up a hill when its brakes failed. The truck began to roll backward down the hill and the driver jumped out of the truck before it crashed into a tree. The truck was transporting large stones. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
Consult with a Maryland Truck Accident Lawyer
A successful negligence case after a Maryland truck accident requires an experienced Maryland truck accident lawyer. With decades of combined experience, the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen has the experience and the skills to competently and effectively handle Maryland truck accident cases. They will evaluate the case to determine whether an individual viable claim, determine the best course of action, and will work to pursue all parties responsible for causing the harm or loss. Contact them toll-free at (800) 654-1949 or online via their contact form for a free, no-obligation consultation.