Anytime someone is injured in a Maryland truck accident, they have the ability to file a civil suit against the person or party responsible for the crash. However, there may sometimes be confusion about where they can bring that suit when the crash happened in a different state than the one where the victim resides. Maryland residents traveling for work or pleasure might be injured while in other states. When this happens, they may mistakenly believe they cannot ever bring suit in Maryland because the crash occurred elsewhere. This is not true. While the laws regarding personal jurisdiction—where someone can be sued—are complicated, there are many times where a Maryland victim can sue in Maryland, even if the crash happened in another state.
This is especially important to remember when crashes occur on a highway, because many of the victims may not be residents of the state in which the crash occurred. For example, a bus, three semi-trailers, and a car were all recently involved in a massive multi-vehicle crash in Pennsylvania. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the incident occurred early on Sunday morning on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. A tour bus was traveling downhill on a curve when it hit an embankment. Then, a UPS truck, the two FedEx trucks, and the passenger car, all of which were behind the tour bus, hit it from behind and caused it to topple on its side, causing the massive multi-vehicle crash.
The magnitude of the crash was reflected in the tragic fatalities and injuries—at least five people were killed, including a 9-year-old boy, and 60 others were taken to local hospitals with injuries. First responders called the accident a “mass casualty incident.” In the aftermath, 86 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was closed in all directions for several hours.
Although investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause of the crash—recklessness, a malfunction, an issue in the Turnpike, or something else—once they do, every single person who was injured or lost a loved one in the accident may have a strong civil negligence suit against the responsible party. Many of those individuals may not live in Pennsylvania. However, with the assistance of a seasoned personal injury attorney, they may still be able to bring suit against the negligent party, even if they live several states away, or even potentially across the country.
Contact A Maryland Truck Accident Attorney
To learn more about your rights and ability to recover in the aftermath of a Maryland truck accident, contact Lebowitz & Mzhen, Personal Injury Lawyers. Our seasoned attorneys can help you through every stage of the process—from ensuring you have personal jurisdiction to sue, to taking your case through trial if need be. When you work with us, you can trust your case is in good hands and that we will zealously defend your legal rights. Contact us today to learn more, by calling toll-free at 800-654-1949, or filling out our online form. Contacting us is risk-free and there is no obligation to continue with your case unless it is your desire to do so.