Every year across the country, thousands of people are killed in fatal accidents. Truck accidents, however, make up nearly twice the percentage of total fatal accidents. Because trucks are often the largest, heaviest, and most difficult vehicles to navigate on the road, this should be no surprise to even the most experienced of drivers. Following a major truck accident, you may have suffered from significant injuries or property damage. Figuring out what your next steps are and what options you have legally is crucial to recovering the compensation you deserve.
According to a recent news report, an EMT was killed following a devastating accident involving a semi-truck and an ambulance. Local authorities reported that firefighter EMTs were in an ambulance traveling to respond to a 911 call when they attempted to make a left turn. While making the turn, the ambulance crossed into the road’s southbound lanes, where they collided with a semi-truck heading north. Video from the accident showed that the cab of the ambulance was sheared off from the rest of the vehicle and that the semi-truck was hauling dirt or gravel. The accident remains under investigation as local authorities continue to look into who was at fault in the collision.
Who Is Liable in a Maryland Truck Accident?
After Maryland truck accident, it often may not be clear who exactly you can sue to hold liable for compensation. Figuring out who you can sue often depends on the circumstances surrounding how the accident took place. For example, if the truck driver was distracted, speeding, or drowsy, it is more likely that they are liable for the accident. On the other hand, if the driver was an employee of a trucking company forcing them to meet prohibitively tight deadlines or the company failed to keep up with mechanical maintenance of the truck that caused the accident, the trucking company could be liable instead.
There may also be other parties who could be liable in a truck accident lawsuit. In addition to the truck driver, their insurance, and their employer, a truck cargo supplier or a separate trucking company could also be responsible also. This is because sometimes trucks get into accidents because the vehicle is overloaded or the vehicle manufacturer failed to ensure that a mechanical component of the truck was produced properly. Other potential parties include the broker responsible for assigning specific truck drivers to transport certain cargo, or the company that maintained the vehicle and was responsible for inspecting it. All of this, of course, depends on the circumstances of your case and what led to the crash.
Do You Need a Maryland Truck Accident Lawyer?
If you or someone you know was recently injured or killed in a Maryland truck accident, contact the lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen for assistance today. Our attorneys have years of experience fighting for the injured and will provide you with the support, legal expertise, and understanding you need to navigate your lawsuit with ease. To schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our team, contact us at 800-654-1949.