Maryland Truck Accident Attorney | Proving Liability After a Truck Accident

If you have been injured in a truck accident, you will need to prove the other driver’s liability in order to win your personal injury case. The term “liability” refers to who is at fault for an accident. In a tractor-trailer accident case, more than one party may be ultimately responsible for your injuries. Determining who is liable, and building a strong case that proves their liability, is essential in order to recover the compensation you deserve.Maryland Truck Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a truck accident in Bethesda, Rockville or the greater areas of Maryland, or Virginia, call (301) 605-9469 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced truck accident attorney.

Parties That Can Be Liable in a Truck Accident

The trucking industry is one of the largest and most competitive commercial businesses in America. Many different parties are involved in making sure a delivery is made as quickly and safely as possible from one side of the country to another. When any one of these parties fails to perform their duties with reasonable care, they can be held responsible in a truck accident case.

Some of the potentially liable parties may include:

  • The truck driver
  • The motor carrier company
  • The trucking agency (responsible for hiring and setting schedules)
  • The truck’s manufacturer
  • The freight or loading company

In some rare cases, government road authorities may also be held responsible if they have left a stretch of highway in disrepair, or if the road has design defects that led to the truck accident.

Evidence Used to Prove Truck Accident Liability

In order to effectively prove who is liable for your injuries, Attorney Stuart L. Plotnick will work with investigators to recover important documentation about the truck accident, such as:

  • The truck accident report – The initial report made by the lead police officer at the scene of the truck accident is an important first step in determining liability.
  • The truck driver’s log – Federal law regulates how many consecutive hours a trucker is allowed to drive without resting. Truckers must record all of their drives, stops, and significant breaks in a log. Since these logs can be legally destroyed after six months, it is important to act quickly to recover this information.
  • The “black box” – All tractor-trailers are equipped with special electronic modules called ECMs, more commonly known as “black boxes.” These modules record key data about the speed of the truck, braking patterns, and more.
  • Fuel receipts – By examining a truck driver’s fuel receipts, our attorneys can verify their routes and the speed recorded in the driver’s log. If there is a discrepancy, we can prove that the truck driver falsified their log.
  • The truck driver’s record – A truck driver’s history may reveal previous violations, which can lead to the trucking company behind held liable for negligence.
  • The truck’s maintenance records – These records will be examined to see if maintenance on the truck was deferred, or if maintenance records show a recurring problem in the vehicle.
  • Compliance with federal and state trucking laws – Truck drivers and trucking companies are charged with various tasks and duties as to their operations wherein they must keep records verifying compliance with these laws.  In many cases these records or lack thereof hold key evidence

Contact a Bethesda, Maryland Truck Accident Attorney

If you have been seriously injured, or if your loved one has been killed in a truck accident, please contact the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick today to schedule a free case evaluation. Our Bethesda truck accident attorney represents injured truck accident victims throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.