Whenever anyone is injured in a serious or fatal truck accident, the injured party or their family may be eligible for monetary compensation upon a showing that the semi-truck driver’s negligence was the cause of the accident and of their injuries. In some cases, the trucking company can also be named as a party to the lawsuit.
These truck accident lawsuits require an injured party prove four main elements:
- That the truck driver owed the accident victim a duty of care;
- That the truck driver violated that duty of care by some action or failure to take a required action;
- That the truck driver’s violation of the duty he owed to the plaintiff caused the plaintiff’s injuries; and
- That the plaintiff suffered some identifiable injury.
The first and last element are generally easily met. However, the second and third elements may involve significant litigation in some cases, especially where the semi-truck driver claims that he was not at fault for the accident and that it was some other event that caused the accident victim’s injuries.
Truck Veers Off Overpass and Falls onto Motorist’s Vehicle
Earlier this year, a semi-truck accident in South Dakota took the life of the truck driver and injured a motorist when the truck fell onto the motorist’s car. A local news source covering the unusual accident reported that the semi-truck driver veered off the road as he was traveling over an overpass. The truck left the roadway and fell to the highway below.
A young motorist was driving on the highway below when she saw the truck veer off the overpass. She did not think that the truck would actually fall, so she slowed down and proceeded with caution. However, moments later the truck fell directly on top of the passing motorist’s vehicle, flattening it. Somehow, the motorist was able to lower her seat-back, remove her seatbelt, and call for help. Shockingly, she did not break any bones or suffer any internal bleeding as a result of the accident. The driver of the semi-truck died at the scene of the accident, and it is unclear what caused him to veer off the overpass.
The young motorist was released from the hospital not long after the accident and is currently attending physical therapy.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or your loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident and extent of your injuries, you may be eligible for award amounts to help you cover the costs of your past and future medical expenses, time away from work, and for any pain and suffering you endured as a result of the accident. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation with a dedicated Maryland truck accident attorney. Calling is free and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
Truck Accidents Caused by Government Agencies, Employees, or Contractors, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published February 24, 2017.
The Dangers of Inattentive or Distracted Truck Drivers, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published March 8, 2017.