Baltimore Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers Help Crash Victims Recover
We Work Hard To Retain The Maximum Settlement You And Your Family Deserve
Drivers of large commercial trucks often underestimate the size and power of their vehicle. The impact of a truck or tractor trailer on another vehicle can be catastrophic. Drivers who are hit can face lifelong injuries – and even death. When you contact Mallon & McCool, LLC, you get attorneys who understand the devastation trucks can cause. We work hard to protect your rights and ensure you receive superior legal representation.
What Are The Major Causes Of Truck Accidents?
Commercial trucks and tractor trailers generally weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles. Because of their height and greater ground clearance, smaller cars often slide beneath trucks during accidents, often with tragic consequences. Top reasons for commercial truck and tractor trailer crashes include:
- Truck driver fatigue and exhaustion – A majority of truck drivers are required to work long hours to transport items, sometimes driving overnight. Drowsy drivers are a primary reason for truck accidents.
- Excessive speed – Research shows truck accidents frequently are caused by drivers speeding. Some drivers report feeling under pressure by employers to deposit cargo or aim to make as many runs as possible for greater earning potential.
- Mechanical malfunctions – Brake problems, tire blow outs and other mechanical problems often lead to truck drivers losing control and/or crashing into other vehicles. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found nearly 30 percent of truck accidents are linked to mechanical breakdowns.
- Drunk driving – Alcohol and drug use are often cited as factors in large truck accidents. Although impairment may not always be the direct cause of a crash, driving under the influence greatly raises the risk of such accidents.
- Poor weather conditions – Slick roads and low visibility can contribute to truck accidents. Truck drivers frequently drive too fast for bad weather conditions and fail to take safety precautions.
- Improper storage of cargo – Poor storage practices can lead to cargo spilling from trucks and injuring other drivers and passengers.
The laws surrounding tractor trailers can be complex. Such accidents commonly involve numerous parties, severe injuries and various rules of law. At Mallon & McCool, LLC, we are experienced in handling the complexity of truck accidents and their unfortunate consequences. Commercial vehicle accidents often cause the worst of injuries, including paralysis, permanent disability and death. If you have been hurt by a commercial vehicle, call on our lawyers for optimal legal assistance. Our truck accident attorneys in Baltimore thoroughly review your accident, examine your medical condition, and pursue the compensation that you deserve. Call us to today to obtain a successful resolution to your commercial vehicle accident.
There Are Many Types Of Commercial Trucks That Can Cause Accidents
Drivers must share the road with various types of dangerous trucks that can cause serious injuries and fatalities. Trucks involved in severe injury accidents include:
- Moving trucks – Moving trucks, such as U-Haul and Ryder trucks, often travel long distances and carry bulky loads that can seriously harm other drivers in an accident. Often, moving truck drivers are exhausted, pushing themselves beyond legal driving limits and putting other drivers at risk.
- FedEx and UPS trucks – Crashes involving FedEx and UPS trucks can result in severe injuries for motorists due to the trucks’ large size and extensive cargo. Negligence can stem from overloading, strict schedule compliance or driver recklessness.
- Delivery trucks – Delivery trucks such as bakery and furniture trucks frequently travel regionally as well as nationally. During accidents, such trucks can flip over, spill cargo and cause devastating injuries. These accidents can be caused by cargo that is improperly loaded or mechanical malfunctions.
- Cement trucks – Cement trucks generally transport heavy cement and cement mixtures between construction sites and across long distances. Cement trucks require specially-trained drivers and ongoing maintenance. If you were involved in an accident with a cement or other construction truck, we exhaust all avenues to prove negligence and secure maximum compensation for your injuries.
- Garbage trucks – These trucks can be found both on large roads and small neighborhood roads almost daily. The average weight of a full-sized garbage truck is more than 25 tons, posing a threat of catastrophic proportion if met with a passenger vehicle. Garbage truck drivers often face rigorous schedules, increasing the likelihood for accidents.
- Tanker trucks – A tanker truck primarily carries liquid and gas loads. Tanker trucks such as gasoline trucks can cause horrific injuries when they crash because of toxic chemical spills and fiery explosions. Tanker truck companies can be held liable if they fail to properly maintain and inspect vehicles.
- Dump trucks – Dump trucks are extremely large trucks that feature a rear-hinged box that allows them to deposit materials. The trucks are often filled with debris, dirt, gravel or asphalt and can be deadly to a car driver if not loaded properly.
- 18-wheelers – Another name for a semi-truck, 18-wheelers, consists of two portions – an engine and a freight trailer. These trucks are generally used for long hauls and cross-country deliveries and are the largest source of large truck accidents. Drivers, companies and truck manufacturers can all be held liable for your injuries and suffering.
Because of the size and power of tractor trailers and commercial trucks, the vehicles cause some of the most severe injuries and often result in wrongful death. Secondary injuries caused by dispersed cargo and toxic chemicals can result in burns, blindness and permanent disfigurement. Crash victims often experience a lifetime of pain and suffering as a result of a catastrophic accident caused by a negligent truck driver, trucking company or truck manufacturer. If you’re trying to recover after a truck accident, trust us to handle your accident claim and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Truck drivers may have their own insurance policy, while the company vehicle may be covered by additional policies. Dealing with multiple insurers can result in frustration for accident victims. At Mallon & McCool LLC, we aggressively take on truck accident cases and successfully resolve the battles that come with insurance claims. Call us after your accident, and let us take it from there. We are your strongest ally against tough trucking and insurance companies.
Call An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney About Your Claim Today
If you have been injured in a truck accident, trust us to fight insurance companies and negligent drivers for maximum compensation. The accomplished lawyers at Mallon & McCool, LLC have more than 60 years of combined experience at your disposal. We provide free legal consultations. Call our Baltimore office at (410) 727-7887, contact us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We are proud to serve Baltimore, Howard County, Harford County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince George’s County and all surrounding areas.