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How are Commercial Vehicle Collisions Different from Car Accidents in Maryland?

At the Law Office of Robert Castro, our car and truck accident attorneys in Waldorf, Maryland customize our legal strategy for each case we represent, which allows us to outline each client’s unique financial recovery needs directly based on how their injuries have affected both their day-to-day activities and their long-term quality of life.

Our Waldorf personal injury lawyers know each vehicle collision and the injuries that result are as different as the individuals who were hurt. The one commonality is when our clients are injured in collisions with large commercial vehicles, like semi-trucks, their injuries are often catastrophic.

There are several major differences between passenger vehicle collisions and those involving a large truck. And the more our clients know about their crashes, the better prepared they will be to make informed decisions about their cases.

What are the Main Differences Between Passenger Vehicle and Semi-Truck Collisions in Waldorf, Maryland?

First, truck accidents are inherently different from passenger vehicle accidents because the cause of the collision could include negligence by one or more parties.

Was the truck driver speeding? Did the trucking company fail to property the driver? Did the truck mechanically malfunction?

Unlike many — although not all — passenger vehicle collisions, where one driver is typically at fault, the primary cause of a truck accident could involve more than one negligent action or inaction that resulted in a chain reaction of carelessness that led to the collision.

Next, because of the potential chain reaction of wrongdoing, the number of negligent parties that caused the crash can increase from one to three — or potentially more — after conducting a thorough investigation.

For example, if the truck driver was speeding while under direct orders from their employer to violate the hours of service guidelines — thereby delivering more by working during hours they should be inactive — in a truck that has been poorly maintained, there may be three parties responsible for the crash.

That is why it is important to partner with an experienced truck accident attorney in Waldorf, Maryland, so each negligent party is held liable for their part in the collision.

Maryland Semi-Truck Accidents Often Result in Catastrophic Injuries 

A semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds while carrying a full 53’ trailer, compared to the average passenger vehicle that weighs between three and four thousand pounds, which is why it is no surprise that nearly 75% of the people killed in these collisions are passengers in the much smaller vehicles.

When our Waldorf residents survive their injuries, they typically have a long road to recovery, which may include multiple surgeries, extended follow-up care, rehabilitation and therapy, and weeks, months, or even years away from work while they rebuild the physical and emotional strength they once had.

Someone must be held liable for these costly expenses, so injury victims are not left paying out of pocket.

Securing Compensation is Going to Require an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney in Maryland

At the Law Office of Robert Castro, our truck accident attorneys in Waldorf, Maryland know first-hand the challenges injury victims face when pursuing financial recovery from the insurance company without an attorney by their side.

Now imagine trying to pursue compensation from three separate insurance companies for their policyholder’s role in a truck accident.

It is not uncommon for the truck driver, trucking company, and another third party who shared negligence in a truck accident to all have different insurance companies, with different policy limits, and legal representatives who will fight to avoid paying injury victims what they deserve.

Pursuing each on your own will lead to substantial delays, undervalued offers, and in some cases, outright denials. We can help expedite your claim and make each insurance company takes immediate notice of your overall needs while you focus on the medical care you need to get your life back.

If you have been hurt in a Maryland truck accident, contact our experienced car accident attorneys in Waldorf at the Law Office of Robert Castro by calling (301) 870-1200 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.

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