Accidents involving semitrailers and other large commercial trucks happen fairly frequently in Maryland. When they do, victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members may want to know if they can seek compensation for their losses. The truth is, not all trucking accidents are created equal and pursuing legal action is not appropriate in every case.
When is legal action appropriate? It all comes down to the ability to establish negligence in one's case. If it is possible to show that truck driver negligence, maintenance issues or cargo problems contributed to the accident -- among other things -- filing legal claims against all responsible parties would be appropriate.
What damages are recoverable? There are economic and non-economic damages that may be recoverable following a trucking accident. Some of them include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Mental anguish
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering
There are many more than can be listed here. At the end of the day, any losses that are documented may be recoverable, whether they are of a monetary nature or not. One's legal counsel will be able to review one's case and help one determine what damages may be compensable.
Maryland residents or those who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones in trucking accidents while visiting the state can seek legal guidance if they are thinking about seeking relief for their losses. If legal action is called for, it does not mean that going to court is absolutely necessary. It may be possible to achieve a fair settlement through out-of-court negotiations. If that does not work, litigation may be necessary.