Baltimore Truck Accident Attorneys
Representing Truck Accident Victims
The Baltimore truck accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop know that a truck accident presents a much different set of issues and circumstances that need to be considered as compared to a car accident. There are both state and federal laws that regulate both the conduct and actions of the driver and the trucking company for whom he or she works. These regulations range from the number of hours a truck driver can spend on the road per week, the number and length of breaks that a truck driver must take for every eight hours he or she drives, the weight of the load the truck carries, and the required maintenance that must be performed. To ensure that a truck driver is complying with the regulations, he or she is required to keep an accurate and detailed logbook of the time he or she spends on the road.
In addition to the truck drivers, the tractor-trailers themselves are also highly regulated. There are many regulations that govern the use and maintenance of the tractor-trailers. The fact that the tractor-trailer that hit your car may not have been repaired in months could be a very important factor in your case. Moreover, most tractor-trailers contain on-board equipment that can also be of vital importance when the tractor-trailer is involved in an accident with another car or truck. Such equipment includes the “black box,” which can contain valuable information regarding speeds, distances and other important accident data that can help the truck accident lawyer and accident reconstruction expert determine how the truck accident occurred.
A tractor-trailer driven by a tired, fatigued and overworked truck driver can be deadly.
That’s why the Baltimore truck accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop know how important it is to turn over every stone as we vigorously pursue your case. The Baltimore truck accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop know exactly what it takes to represent truck accident victims. We know that the truck driver logs, maintenance and repair records, and on-board data recorders can be essential information when representing truck accident victims. The Baltimore truck accident lawyers at Saller & Bishop understand the important of working to ensure that these records and data are preserved and not destroyed by the truck driver or trucking company.
Fatal Truck Accidents
Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If your loved one was killed as the result of truck driver or trucking company negligence, you and your other family members have the right to recover compensation under Maryland’s wrongful death law. Examples of negligence include:
- Violations of hours-of-service laws that are designed to prevent driver fatigue
- Truck driver speeding
- Improper passing
- Overweight trucks
- Unsecured loads
- Unsafe driver maneuvers
- Unqualified drivers
- Improper maintenance
It is important to contact our attorneys as soon as possible after an accident so we can collect and preserve evidence that may be important in your case. For example, the driver logbook can show whether the driver took rest breaks as required under federal law. Food and fuel receipts can determine if the logbook is accurate. If the truck is equipped with a GPS unit, driver actions before the crash may be recorded. Without prompt investigation, evidence can be lost or destroyed.
Our lawyers work with experts such as accident reconstructionists who can help us piece together how the accident happened and uncover falsehoods in the truck driver’s version of events.