If you’ve been involved in a commercial truck accident near Gaithersburg, MD, the experienced and aggressive attorneys at Sussman & Simcox are ready to go to work for you. We understand how serious accidents caused by negligent commercial truck drivers can negatively affect every aspect of your life. We’ll work to get you the settlement you deserve or file suit on your behalf, so you can focus on moving forward.
Filing Your Truck Accident Claim
After any truck accident, it’s critical to act quickly when filing your personal injury claim. Seeking professional representation will reduce your stress levels while increasing the chances of a positive outcome. Your attorney can work on gathering evidence while you focus on healing from your injuries.
It’s essential to make your personal injury claim as soon as possible so that evidence will be preserved. By law, trucking companies are only required to maintain certain records for a limited period of time—even if those documents contain evidence regarding an accident. For some records, the required time period prior to disposal is as short as 90 days. If there are witnesses to the accident, it’s also important to collect their statements before their memories start to fade. An expert accident reconstructionist, if brought in immediately after the collision, could collect and immediately analyze electronic crash data from the truck before it is overwritten.
Even when you’re not at fault, a successful personal injury claim can hinge on many factors, including the proper presentation of facts and evidence. Hiring the personal injury attorneys at Sussman & Simcox is the key to representing your case accurately and achieving the settlement you want, whether your accident occurred in Bethesda, Clarksburg, Germantown, Hagerstown, Frederick, or Rockville, MD.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Trucking accidents are more common than you might think. Approximately one in ten fatalities on U.S. highways are caused by semi-trucks due to their size, mass, and power—and thousands of people are seriously hurt each year.
Just as there are many possible causes of passenger vehicle accidents, there are also many possible causes for a truck accident. Understanding the most common causes of these accidents gives you a starting point for a successful personal injury claim. The single most common cause of truck accidents is driver negligence. This includes:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Failing to adjust for weather conditions
- Failing to adjust for traffic conditions
- Mistakes made due to poor training or inexperience
Equipment problems can also play a role in truck accidents. Trucks and trailers that have not been properly maintained or cargo that has not been adequately secured can lead to accidents, even when the truck driver is operating safely. Trucking companies are required to inspect their trucks daily and maintain their fleet, so accidents caused by equipment failure place them at fault in a personal injury claim.
We’re Ready to Take Your Case
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident in Maryland, the law firm of Sussman & Simcox is ready to take on your case. Our experience and expertise make us the right team to help you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Whether you’ve been the victim of a truck accident on I-95, I-270, MD 200, the Beltway, or anywhere else in the Gaithersburg area, our attorneys want to get to work for you. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for damaged property, medical bills, loss of income, inability to work, or pain, suffering, and inconvenience. If you’ve been left permanently disabled as a result of the accident, obtaining fair compensation is vital to ensuring you have the resources you need to pay for continuing medical care and your loss of earning potential.
The experienced attorneys at Sussman & Simcox have obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our hundreds of clients across the state of Maryland. With 40+ years of combined experience, attorneys Karen Sussman and Howard Simcox would be happy to provide you with a free, confidential consultation. Contact us today to get started.