After proving causation, the attorneys will look at the recoverable damages. A consideration in all serious accident cases is the available insurance coverage.
Fortunately, coverage in truck accident cases is generally higher then insurance coverage in automobile accident cases. For example, Maryland requires large commercial trucks to carry $750,000 of insurance for bodily injury and truck accidents.
Federal law also requires that trucking companies have the following minimum liability insurance:
- $750,000 for vehicles over 10,000 lbs carry non-hazardous freight
- $1,000,000 for those having hazardous materials and oil
- $5,000,000 for trucks operating portable tanks, capacity over 3,500 gallons, passenger trucks
When contemplating the filing of the lawsuit, the personal injury attorney must consider the fact the truck driver was not qualified to operate the vehicle, was not properly trained or had a bad driving record. In these cases, in addition to negligence, the claims of negligent entrustment and/or negligent supervision must be added.
Start building your truck accident claim by calling Portner & Shure locally at (410) 995-1515 or (301) 854-9000 in Maryland, (703) 734-8790 in Virginia or (202) 554-1449 in Washington, D.C. or filling out the form on this page today for a free consultation.