Most people have seen the mangled remains of a car after a truck/car accident either in person or on TV. The driver and passengers in the car were lucky if they only suffered serious injuries. If the truck was fully loaded, they were outweighed by a factor of as much as 26:1 depending on the type of truck. Every truck accident lawyer in Upper Marlboro MD has seen firsthand the human wreckage left behind when a truck is involved in an accident with a car.
The Car’s Driver Faces Teams of Opposing Lawyers
The gross vehicle weight of a truck is not the only way the occupants of the car are outclassed. Trucks are often owned by large businesses or even by government entities. In either case, there is a cadre of lawyers hard at work after an accident representing the interests of the truck’s owner.
If the possibility exists that an equipment failure could be involved, such as bad brakes or a blown tire, then lawyers for the manufacturer, distributor, and possibly others are also preparing their defenses. If they can prove the truck and driver were not at fault in the accident, that’s always a top priority. They will pull out all of the stops to settle for as little as possible.
Fatality Rates and Costs
Trucks have a fatality rate that is 50% higher than the combined fatality rate for all other highway vehicles according to reports from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This isn’t surprising but further emphasizes how the seriousness of an accident tends to escalate when a truck is involved.
In a trucking accident, there are a number of possible costs, including:
* Medical bills of the injured victims
* Property damage
* Lost wages (which can be for an extended period of time)
* Losses sustained by the surviving family
* The victim’s pain and suffering
Compensation for these losses cannot adequately repay the victim or the victim’s family for all they have suffered and lost, but that is what the law allows.
Attorney Danny R. Seidman has been helping people to resolve their legal issues for more than 25 years. This truck accident lawyer in Upper Marlboro MD grew up in a working-class family and made it his life’s mission to help people in need. Check out Dseidmanlaw.com for more information and to schedule a free appointment to discuss your case.