Every day, road users share the road with a multitude of vehicles, pedestrians, and bikers. This includes smaller cars sharing the road with much larger trucks that vary in size and weight. Truck drivers also need a different type of licensing in order to be able to properly share the road with other vehicles. According to the International Used Truck Centers, on average, semi-tractor trailer trucks are around 72 feet long, 8.5 feet wide, and 13.5 feet tall. When a car collides with a semi-truck, it can be devasting and shocking. Dealing with the aftermath of a serious crash can be challenging.
In a recent news report, a 25-year-old man was killed in a car crash in Indiana. According to police reports, the two vehicles crashed when a semi-tractor trailer was crossing the road to make a left turn. While the semi-tractor trailer was attempting to make the left turn, a passenger vehicle struck it, driving under the truck. Investigators determined that the driver of the semi-tractor trailer is at fault because the driver failed to yield to the right of way. The driver of the passenger vehicle was taken to a local hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.
What Should Families Know About Fatal Truck Wrongful Death Lawsuits?<br />
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit may be an option to recover financially when an accident is the result of someone else’s recklessness or negligence. When a loved one passes away as a result of an accident involving a truck, and investigators determine that the truck driver was at fault, you may be wondering what your options are. A wrongful death claim typically can be filed by a spouse or partner, a child, a sibling, or other financially dependent persons – although it is important to consult with an attorney to check if you are legally able to file this type of suit.
Additionally, in a truck accident, you may have to consider vicarious liability, which involves an employer being held responsible for their driver’s negligence. For example, a lawsuit may have multiple defendants, including the truck driver, the truck driver’s employer, or the cargo shipper. Having an expert personal injury lawyer who can help you as you navigate various deadlines and various filing decisions can be crucial for building your case. A lawyer may be able to help you interview witnesses and gather documents and evidence. A lawyer can also help you understand the complexities of the law.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in the Prince George’s, Baltimore, Charles, or Montgomery County region, let the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen help you recover the damages you deserve. Expenses from a motor vehicle accident can quickly become stressful, and having an experienced team of lawyers by your side can truly make a difference. Our attorneys have successfully represented injury victims at every stage of the process. If you have questions about your case, call us today at 800-654-1949 and schedule a free and no-obligation initial consultation with a Maryland personal injury lawyer at our office.