Aggressive Rockville Truck Accident Attorney Seeks Justice for Clients
Firm serving Maryland and Washington, D.C. advocates for truck accident victims
Trucks that travel on I-95 and other busy major roads in Maryland and Washington, D.C. injure hundreds of people each year in collisions and usually cause more than 50 fatalities. The Law Office of Christopher J. Smith, LLC in Rockville is a strong advocate for victims of these crashes and their loved ones. You can count on us for skillful representation in litigation and insurance claims against the drivers and businesses responsible for truck accident injuries.
What causes truck accidents?
Throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C., our firm has experience winning successful results in personal injury and wrongful death cases. This experience helps us analyze the facts and understand the main causes of truck collision injuries, such as:
- Jackknifes — A hard stop can cause the trailer to swing around, potentially pushing the tractor off the road and creating a serious hazard for nearby vehicles.
- Underrides — An underride occurs when a car becomes wedged under a truck after colliding with it. Vehicles that are high off the ground can install a guard to prevent these accidents.
- Unlawful operation — Like other drivers, commercial vehicle operators sometimes drive too quickly, are distracted behind the wheel or impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Litigating a truck accident case can be complicated because there might be multiple defendants, and proving damages could require extensive medical evidence. Maryland gives victims three years from the date of the collision to file a claim, but if you’ve been hurt in an accident with a large truck, it’s best to act quickly. Our litigator works to help plaintiffs obtain compensation for their injuries. Whether you’ve suffered a back injury, brain damage, fracture or some other type of physical harm, the size and weight of a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle can increase the severity of the incident. Pursuing justice against a negligent truck driver, vehicle owner, parts manufacturer or other liable party requires an attorney who can present an effective argument supported by reliable medical evidence. No matter if you broke some bones or are facing lifelong effects from your crash, such as paralysis, our firm fights to obtain an appropriate verdict or settlement.
Why are truck accidents different from other accidents?
Due to the fact that large truck accidents usually are more destructive than crashes involving personal vehicles, big rigs and their drivers are governed by special federal and state regulations, including those established by the Maryland State Highway Administration. After a truck accident, we examine the vehicle’s electronic data recorder to get precise information on how the vehicle was being operated just prior to the collision. Our firm also investigates to find out if rules on driver rest, vehicle weight or other safety measures were violated.
Dedicated advocate works to obtain appropriate damages
Someone who’s been hurt in an accident with a truck is entitled to seek damages for medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs and other expenses linked to the injury. It’s more likely that someone hit by a commercial vehicle will suffer catastrophic harm, such as paralysis or permanent disfigurement. Our firm has the experience and network of resources to create an accurate assessment of victims’ short- and long-term costs. We also pursue noneconomic damages to compensate clients for the pain and suffering they’ve endured along with the loss of enjoyment in their lives triggered by the crash.
Contact a skillful Rockville truck accident lawyer for a free initial consultation
The Law Office of Christopher J. Smith, LLC advocates on behalf of Maryland and Washington, D.C. residents who have been hurt in a collision with a large truck or another type of commercial vehicle. To make an appointment for a free consultation, please call 301-760-7460 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our office is in Rockville.