Truck Accident Lawyers in Upper Marlboro
We Fight Trucking Companies
You should be provided the most compensation possible after being in a truck accident. Getting that much compensation will be a challenge, though. Do you know where to begin or what to do if the insurance company pushes back? If the answer is no, then it's time to talk with an Upper Marlboro truck accident lawyer from the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC.
Our law firm has been built to fight major insurance companies and their policyholders. In the case of your truck accident claim, the policyholder could be an entire trucking company that has its own resources to fight you. Don’t give them an advantage by going into your case alone and unprepared. Team up with us instead!
Learn how we fight for compensation for you. Just call (301) 265-2220.
How Truckers Cause Truck Accidents
Most truck accidents can be related in some way back to the truck driver’s mistakes, rather than the mistakes of the drivers around them. At the least, liability is split between the trucker and the motorist, and the majority might be placed on the truck driver. What are truckers doing to cause so many accidents each year, though?
The trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). It might be no surprise, but when a truck driver violates an FMCSA regulation, they increase the risk of causing a truck accident. Indeed, they often do.
Mistakes and acts of negligence that truckers commit that cause truck accidents include:
- Driving while exhausted: Truck drivers are often exhausted when they are nearing the end of their shifts. The FMCSA allows a trucker to be scheduled for 11 hours of driving in a 14-hour shift each day, and they can work 70 hours each week. Working this much time is almost guaranteed to cause fatigue.
- Speeding: Some truckers attempt to end their routes early by speeding. They do this because they are paid by the mile driven or route completed, not by the hour worked. By breaking the speed limit, a trucker might think they are saving time, but they are really only endangering everyone.
- Driving with an overloaded trailer: Most commercial trucks must not weigh more than 80,000 pounds when all parts and cargo are weighed together. A trucker who drives with an overloaded trailer – whether it is a closed trailer or a flatbed – is at a heightened risk of losing control of their vehicle and causing a truck accident.
- Driving while intoxicated or impaired: Intoxicated driving is a serious issue, especially when the drunk driver is steering a multi-ton commercial truck. It is illegal for a trucker to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.02 or higher. But it is unsafe for them to drive with a BAC level above 0.
Proving Fault in a Truck Accident Case
You can be certain of one thing after a truck accident: the trucker and/or their insurer will blame you for what happened. Oftentimes, they will say that the driver in the smaller vehicle was weaving through lanes to try to get in front of the truck, or that they didn’t give the trucker any time or space to merge onto the highway safely. Even if this is not true, it might be said, so you have to be ready to challenge their stories.
Our attorneys can help by collecting convincing evidence of liability. We know where to look for this evidence and how to use it once we find it.
Helpful evidence in a truck accident case can include:
- Pictures you take at the scene
- Testimonies from other motorists
- Police reports
- Truck maintenance records
- Trucker’s drive schedule
- Your medical records
Let’s Fight for Every Penny
The right time to begin your truck accident case is actually right now. You don’t have to wait another day. Let our Upper Marlboro truck accident attorneys know what happened, and we can tell you how we can help.
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