There are many types of truck accident cases in Maryland, each with its own complexities. If you are injured in a truck accident, it is important to know what kind of case you have so that you can begin to build your suit. Keep reading to learn more about the four most common types of truck accident cases.
Truck driver negligence
The most common type of truck accident is caused by truck driver negligence. This occurs when a truck driver commits a negligent act that causes the accident. Some common examples of negligence include driving while tired, speeding and driving under the influence.
Truck manufacturer defects
This occurs when something wrong with the truck causes an accident. It could be anything from a faulty brake system to an improperly secured load.
Truck maintenance defects
Truck accidents also commonly occur when there is a maintenance defect. For example, if the brake pads are defective, even if the driver follows all the traffic laws, he or she will still end up in an accident. In these instances, the court could hold the truck service company responsible liable for any damages or injuries from the accident.
Collision with other vehicles
When a truck accident results from a collision, all parties involved could be liable. Maryland has a contributory negligence law that reduces compensation or punishment depending on the victim’s behavior that might have played a part in the accident. Collisions with other vehicles could result from running a red light, speeding and driving while impaired.
Truck accidents can be fatal and could cause severe back and neck injuries, burns, loss of limbs, broken bones, or paralysis. If you or your loved one gets into an accident with a truck, you should be aware of the type of case you are likely to deal with to better your chances of winning.