One of the best things about traveling via train or bus is having someone else drive and operate the vehicle while the passengers relax, read, sleep, or even get some work done. For this reason, many Maryland residents may rely on these modes of transportation weekly or even daily, to travel within and outside of the state or to get to work. But while the flexibility and ease of these forms of transportation are nice, passengers should remember that there is still the risk of a Maryland traffic accident. And when a bus or a train hits a truck, the accident can be catastrophic and maybe even fatal.
For example, take a recent truck accident involving an Amtrak train. According to a news report covering the crash, the accident happened around 4:30 PM one afternoon when a truck stopped inexplicably on the train tracks. Amtrak crew members aboard the train told investigators that as the train approached the truck, they blew the horn several times. The train was traveling at high speed, and unable to stop, so it hit the truck, causing a significant crash. The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is ongoing, and at this point, it is not clear why the truck driver did not move off of the tracks to avoid getting hit by the train.
It’s not clear from the news report how many others were injured, but in such a serious crash, there is clear potential to cause harm to the train passengers as well as the truck driver. Injured passengers in situations such as this one—in which the train or bus they are riding crashes into a truck—may not think that they have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit and may believe that the train or bus company is the one to handle that. But Maryland state law makes clear that anyone injured in Maryland truck accidents can file a personal injury lawsuit to try and recover for their accidents.
Potential plaintiffs interested in filing should know that they have this option. Still, knowing that one has the option and knowing how to actually get started are two different things. The process can be very complicated, and so many Maryland plaintiffs decide to work with a personal injury attorney throughout their case, allowing them to focus on their injuries and physical recovery while their attorney focuses on the case and their financial recovery.
How Long Do You Have to File a Truck Accident Lawsuit in Maryland?
Under Maryland personal injury law, truck accident victims generally have three years in which to file a personal injury lawsuit. While there are exceptions that permit some accident victims to file later, they are relatively rare. Thus, it is essential to reach out to an attorney to discuss your claim as soon as possible.
Speak with a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney Regarding Your Recent Maryland Truck Accident
Have you recently been injured in a Maryland truck accident? If so, know that you can call the personal injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, to get the help and support you need. Our attorneys can handle your personal injury lawsuit every step of the way, from drafting and filing the initial complaint through trial, if need be. To learn more about how we can best help you and your family, call us today at 800-654-1949. You can also reach us through our online form.