Wheaton Truck Accident Attorneys
Fighting for You & Your Recovery
Montgomery County is the largest jurisdiction in the state of Maryland. Many major highways and thoroughfares run though Montgomery County. Commercial trucks use these roads and highways in order to transport and deliver goods. Sadly, as a result of this high volume of traffic, truck accidents are alarmingly common.
Truck accident victims often suffer severe injuries. Litigating these claims is also incredibly complex due to the many potentially liable parties and various other factors involved. For these reasons, it’s important that truck accident victims obtain competent legal representation from a skilled attorney. At Portner & Shure, P.A., our Wheaton truck accident lawyers are prepared to fight for you. We have a proven record of success in this area of law and know how to help you navigate the many challenges that lay ahead.
Contact Portner & Shure, P.A. online or by phone at (855) 954-4141 today for a free, confidential consultation.
Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?
Commercial truck drivers work long hours in isolated conditions, transporting cargo across the country. Competition in the trucking industry is fierce. If truckers fail to deliver their cargo on schedule, they can be financially penalized. Additionally, the commercial trucking industry is subject to many regulations, but due to industry pressures, these regulations are often ignored. A commercial truck is a 40-ton vehicle. If it is not operated correctly, it is turned into a 40-ton weapon.
Trucking accidents occur for a variety of reasons, including:
Fatigue: One of the most common causes of trucking accidents is driver fatigue. Federal law limits the number of hours that truck drivers are permitted to drive without resting. However, many truck drivers ignore these regulations in order to meet tight delivery deadlines. Driver fatigue can result in impaired decision making and slowed reaction times.
Impairment: Another common cause of truck accidents is alcohol/drug use. Truck drivers often use stimulants in order to overcome the effects of driver fatigue. While stimulants can stave off the effects of driver fatigue, the effect is temporary. Once a stimulant wears off, the effects of driver fatigue are amplified.
Unlawful Actions/Improper Training: Other common causes of truck collisions are illegal maneuvers and poor training. Stated simply, a truck is 40-ton vehicle that requires more room to turn. Poorly trained truck drivers often attempt to turn their vehicles on roads with insufficient space, which results in collisions with other vehicles. The resulting injuries can be severe.
Injuries & Compensation
As previously stated, a fully loaded commercial truck is a 40-ton vehicle. A collision with a 40-ton object can result in severe and permanent injuries.
Common truck accident injuries include:
Spinal cord injuries
These injuries require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Accordingly, a truck accident victim is entitled to recover economic and non-economic damages as a result of these injuries. Depending on the specifics of the situation, damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings, disability, pain and suffering, emotional distress, property damage, and more.
How to Win a Truck Accident Case
Truck company insurance providers often retain high-powered defense firms to defend accident claims. An experienced and knowledgeable Wheaton truck accident attorney can help properly investigate and litigate a truck accident case. The experienced attorneys at Portner & Shure, P.A. know that in order to build a successful case, a careful review of the facts and evidence is needed. In particular, black box data, drug test results, and driver logs need to be obtained and analyzed. Additionally, expert witness testimony is often needed in order to reconstruct an accident and to testify about a victim’s injuries and medical care.
Why Hire Portner & Shure, P.A.?
Our firm has been successfully representing truck accident victims in Montgomery County and throughout the state of Maryland for more than 25 years. We know how to navigate the complex personal injury process and can help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. We are unafraid to represent you and your best interests in court.
Contact us online or call (855) 954-4141 today for a free consultation.