Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys in Baltimore Help Crash Victims Secure the Compensation They Deserve
Our Lawyers Help You Maximize Recovery After a Motor Vehicle Injury
The size and speed of motor vehicles can make for deadly weapons on the roadway. It takes only a split second for a high-speeding motor vehicle to seriously injure you or a loved one. Our skilled team of attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC are experienced in handling all types of motor vehicle accident cases.
From train accidents to tractor trailer crashes, our Baltimore-area injury lawyers offer you strong legal representation after your motor vehicle accident. We work hard to help you recover from insurance companies or the negligent parties responsible for your senseless injury.
What Types Of Motor Vehicles Cause Accidents?
Numerous kinds of motor vehicles can cause severe injuries and deaths to other drivers and their passengers. Types of motor vehicles include:
- Trains – In 2012, there were more than 10,000 train accidents/incidents in the United States, killing 700 people. In Maryland, nearly 100 people died in train accidents in 2012.
- All-terrain vehicles – ATVs are motorized off-highway vehicles designed to travel on four low-pressure tires and have handlebars for steering control. In 2011, there were more than 100,000 emergency department visits in the United States attributed to ATV injuries. Nearly 30 percent involved children under the age of 16.
- Cars – Each year, close to 3 million people are hurt in car crashes in the U.S., and 40,000 are killed.
- Motorcycles – Eleven percent of all roadway accidents that occur in U.S. involve motorcycles.
- Tractor trailers – Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers cause some of the most deadly accidents on the road because of their extreme size and power.
- Recreational vehicles – RVs, such as large campers, are regularly responsible for causing serious injury accidents.
- Commercial trucks – Injuries from commercial trucks, such as delivery and moving vehicles, frequently occur when trucks crash, flip or spill cargo on the road.
- Buses – In 2008, there were 11,000 bus crashes in the United States, injuring 24,000 people.
Harm from motor vehicle crashes can range from minor bruises to life-threatening injuries. Serious harm that results from motor vehicle crashes are:
Neck and back injuries, whiplash
If you have been hurt by a motor vehicle, you need an accomplished legal team that is knowledgeable about motor vehicle accidents. Our Baltimore personal injury attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC are experienced in various motor vehicle accident claims and can assist you in recouping the damages you deserve.
What Causes Motor Vehicle Crashes?
Motor vehicle collisions are caused by a variety of factors, the most common being human error. The four most frequent contributors to motor vehicle crashes are:
Equipment failure –Vehicle makers are required by law to sufficiently design and engineer vehicles for optimal safety. Vehicle operators, especially those operating commercial vehicles, are required to properly maintain vehicles, ensuring their safety. Mechanical problems and malfunctions are frequently cited as causes of crashes. Equipment that frequently accounts for reported failures are:
- Steering & Suspension
Driver behavior – Some degree of driver action or inaction is a major source of motor vehicle accidents. The most cited driver behaviors that lead to collisions are aggressive driving, road rage, excessive speed, disregarding of traffic laws, distracted driving and impaired driving.
Roadway hazards – Local and state governments have an obligation to ensure that roadways and highways have the proper safety designs and equipment to protect drivers. Roadway hazards that can contribute to motor vehicle crashes are:
- Poorly designed roadway surfaces
- Lack of guard rails or road barriers
- No road signs or construction warnings
- Malfunctioning traffic lights or signals
Poor roadway maintenance – A lack of necessary repairs on streets and highways can result in drivers losing control of their vehicles and causing crashes. Examples of improper roadway maintenance are: failure to clean up debris, faded road signs, a lack of salting or sanding roads and potholes.
Drivers who cause crashes often blame weather or roadway problems for the collision. While these may be contributing factors, negligent behavior is often the number one reason for accidents. If you have been injured by a motor vehicle, you and your family need attorneys that can efficiently investigate how and why your accident happened. Our Baltimore motor vehicle accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, thoroughly examine your motor vehicle accident to determine who is at fault. We ensure negligent drivers do not succeed at thwarting blame and that your accident claim is successful.
What Is The Federal Employers’ Liability Act?
Railroad workers who are injured or killed on the job are covered under a law called the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). The federal act was created in 1908 to protect railroad employees and to promote safety measures by employers. Under FELA, railroad employees and their families are entitled to compensation if a work injury was caused in whole, or in part, by the railroad employer.
FELA claims are not the same as workers’ compensation. In order to recover under FELA, an employee must prove the railroad was negligent in some way. For example, by showing the railroad failed to provide a safe environment. There are several types of damages workers can recover under the law. These damages include:
- Compensation for past and future medical expenses
- Compensation for past and future medical expenses
- Compensation for emotional pain and suffering
- Families of deceased workers can recover for financial loss and pain and suffering
Serious injuries can occur for railroad employees when their employer fails to keep their environment safe. The families of employees also suffer when a loved one is hurt or killed on the job. Mallon & McCool, LLC has handled numerous railroad accident cases and can help you sufficiently recover under FELA. We have a proven track record of success handling complex FELA cases.
Baltimore FELA Attorneys Protect Railroad Employee Rights
Railroad employees are entitled to work within a safe atmosphere and to have any dangerous equipment or work practices remedied by employers. If you have been injured by a railroad company’s negligence, you need a smart lawyer who fights for your interests and your rightful compensation. At Mallon & McCool, LLC, our attorneys are knowledgeable about FELA claims and work to ensure you recover your entitled settlement. Give us a call today to receive a free consultation. Contact our Baltimore office at (410) 727-7887, or contact us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online.