Large commercial vehicles are seen on Maryland roads every day. Most people strongly dislike sharing the roads with them as they are simply intimidating to drive around. Sadly, trucking accidents happen and the victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members may experience devastating losses. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses.
Following a truck accident, the responsible party's insurance provider or employer is likely to offer you a basic settlement. In the moment it may sound like a lot, especially when the bills from the accident are rolling in. The truth is, initial settlement offers are usually for a lot less than what you need and may be entitled to. Turning down an initial settlement does not mean you are walking away from compensation -- it just means you are willing to take the time to fight for more.
The trucking industry is highly regulated. Truck drivers have to follow very specific driving schedules, they must be trained properly, they must follow the rules of the road, and they must be medically fit to be in control of their vehicles. Trucking companies have to make sure their drivers are following protocols and ensure their trucks are safe for use. If proper adherence to all safety regulations is ignored and negligence can be established against the driver or trucking firm, they may face state and federal consequences. It can also benefit your case and help you achieve maximum relief.
Compensation following trucking accidents can be achieved in one of two ways, through negotiations or litigation. Most trucking companies want to avoid the latter if possible, but sometimes they are unwilling to offer compensation that is fair to the victim or the victim's family. A Maryland truck accident attorney can help you seek fair financial recovery for your documented losses by filing civil claims against all parties deemed responsible for those losses. To learn more about this topic, please visit our firm's website.