MARYLAND TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER
Commercial trucks are a crucial part of our state and national economy. They do a significant service in transporting goods, products and foods through our interstate commerce system. A commercial truck driver must obey the rules of the road like any other motor vehicle driver. When a commercial truck driver fails to follow the rules of the road and causes harm or death to another individual then that individual must be held accountable to the injured victim and their families.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that in 2015, there were over 35,000 killed in motor vehicle accidents. Four (4) percent of those fatalities involved a large truck crashes. Most of those fatalities occurred with occupants in smaller passenger vehicles. The NHTSA also provided additional facts:
- There were 4,067 fatalities in crashes involving large trucks, 4.1% more fatalities than in 2014, the highest since 2008
- Of the 4,067 fatalities, 667 (16.4%) were occupants of large trucks, 10.1% were nonoccupants, 73.5% were occupants of other vehicles
The fact that truck drivers drive for a living does not mean that they are unlikely to commit a mistake behind the wheel. Unfortunately, it is those in other motor vehicles that suffer the most as a result of trucking accidents. The sheer size and weight of these tractor trailers, flatbeds, dump trucks, box trucks, car carriers and buses make the injuries associated with trucking accidents more severe than those associated with any other types of crashes.
If you have been in a Big-Rig accident, call The Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles, P.A. today. We have over 25 years of experience helping accident victims get the compensation they deserve after a truck accident.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO HIRE A MARYLAND TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER
Tractor trailers are enormous vehicles and any accident involving one has the potential to leave devastating destruction in its wake. For instance, a collision involving a tractor trailer and an Amtrak train in North Carolina left the train devastated, with three of its cars derailing and 54 of its passengers injured. If a truck can do that to something as imposing as a train, what chance does someone in a passenger vehicle have?
Trucking companies know all too well the level of damage their vehicles can cause. They attempt to stack the deck in their favor after a wreck. These companies are backed by insurance companies with armies of lawyers and accident investigators. In many cases, they already have begun building a case against the other driver by the time the first responders have arrived at the scene. An experienced Maryland truck accident lawyer can help even the odds, helping those who are hurt in truck crashes to build a case that will prove fault and damages for the serious, often catastrophic, injuries that occur as a result of a truck accident.
A MARYLAND TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER CAN HELP YOU IF YOU ARE INJURED
Just as the trucking companies will have their insurance companies and attorneys working on behalf of them, there are lawyers that represent those that have been injured or the families of those killed because of trucking injury negligence that can also help. The Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles, P.A. is an experienced truck injury law firm that has been defending the rights of truck accident victims against insurance companies and the trucking industry attorneys on a day to day basis for over 25 years. Having that level of experience on your side is a necessity if you wish to hold those who have harmed you accountable.
In Maryland, commercial drivers are held to specific standards and any lawyer that is handling a trucking accident case has to be familiar with Maryland’s commercial vehicle law. A violation of those rules may be enough to hold a driver liable if something goes wrong while they are out on the road.
TRACTOR TRAILER AND TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS IN MARYLAND
There are a lot of lawyers in Maryland that claim that they handle tractor trailer crashes. It takes a very experienced tractor trailer accident lawyer to know where to look in the records to prove your case.
An experienced Maryland truck accident lawyer knows that for serious cases, a lawsuit should be filed every time. It is only with discovery and subpoena power that the operational records of the trucking company will come to light. When litigating cases worth hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, it pays to hire an experienced Maryland truck accident lawyer who can expose the lies being used to prevent juries from seeing what some of the trucking companies do.
MARYLAND TRUCK ACCIDENT CASES ARE DIFFERENT THAN CAR ACCIDENT CASES
A TRUCKING ACCIDENT LAWYER SHOULD HIRE AN EXPERT COLLISION RECONSTRUCTIONIST IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CRASH
YOUR MARYLAND TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER SHOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGUALTIONS
- The hiring process and requirements
- Annual safety reviews on the drivers
- Inspection and maintenance requirements for the tractors and trailers
- The number of hours the drivers can safely drive
- Alcohol and drug use testing
- Which safety equipment and procedures to use in the event of a breakdown
- How long the trucking company must retain their records
If your lawyer does not know what these are, you need to contact the Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles, P.A. and hire a real truck accident lawyer.
COMMON CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
- Driver’s failure to control speed or to check cross traffic
- Failing to slow down in time to avoid striking another vehicle in the rear
- Forcing cars, motorcycles, or smaller trucks off of the highway when changing lanes
- Side-swipe and head-on collisions caused by a driver not entirely in the proper lane
- Squeeze plays and shut outs in which the driver fails to yield to avoid an accident
- Failure to operate at a speed safe for road, traffic or weather conditions
- Misjudging available clearance, such as at overpasses
- Mechanical defects that should have been discovered during inspections
- Truck driver fatigue
- Overloading the tractor trailer
- Failure to properly inspect or maintain the vehicle
- Improper training or certification
If you have been involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler or another heavy truck, you need to consult the Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles, P.A., a real Maryland truck accident lawyer. These types of accident cases are complicated and generally involve multiple parties who may be legally responsible for your injuries and other damages. The attorneys at the Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles, P.A. have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies that specialize in providing insurance products to the trucking industry. It is important to understand that when you are involved in a trucking accident, you will not be dealing with a typical insurance carrier. Truckers and trucking companies are protected by powerful commercial insurance companies that have extensive manpower and resources to challenge your claim. If you are not represented by an attorney who is very familiar with how these companies handle truck accident claims, you are likely to receive the short end of the stick when it comes to your compensation.
HELPING YOU GET A JUST RECOVERY
In June of 2016 I was hit by a Fed-Ex 18-wheeler while stopped at a red light because the driver decided to run the light. My four year old son was in the car and I was absolutely devastated. To make matters worse I had just purchased my new 2016 Ford Escape and my whole passenger side was ruined. To say I was upset would be an understatement, the driver nor manager of Fed-Ex that came to the seen showed me any kind of compassion or offered an apology. The driver thought it was funny and actually laughed at my frustration and pain. I knew I needed a lawyer and a good one. My brother recommended Thomas Pyles, from the day I spoke to his staff, himself, and visited his office I was met with friendly faces and a stern attitude in getting my son and myself justice for our pain and suffering. Thomas Pyles and his team is truly god sent. They kept me informed and even when I felt like I was being a nuisance with a million phone calls, every phone call and message was returned in a timely manner. I did not leave the scene in an ambulance and when asked if I was hurt I told the officer I was fine which resulted in no police report being filed because both cars were drivable and no injury reported. I was discouraged at that fact but Mr. Pyles ensured me that it was no big deal to him and he took my case and got settlements for both my son and I. I am extremely happy with the settlement amount which exceeded my expectations and it didn’t take long. My accident was in June of 2016 and I settled in May of 2017, a little under a year. There are no amounts of words that can express my thanks and gratitude for Thomas and his team and I would recommend him to anyone in need of a good lawyer with an awesome team that has unbeatable customer service. Sincerely, A Happy Client
Mr. Pyles is an awesome attorney and I would highly, highly recommend him to anybody with a legal matter. It was a pleasure working with him as he helped me present my case to the jury. He had total command of the courtroom during the trial. I was rear-ended by a Metro Bus and I suffered neck and back injuries. WMATA’s last offer to me before trial was $25,000, we rejected that and the jury came back with a verdict of $73,286.85. Simply put, Mr. Pyles was awesome and I again would highly recommend him to anybody!