Serious accidents require a serious and committed team of attorneys by your side. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle, the truck accident injury lawyers of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.
Why Accidents happen on Interstate 83
Known to local residents as the Jones Fall Expressway or the JFX this 10.2-mile road carries interstate 83 from downtown Baltimore to the northern suburbs. Truck accidents on this road are usually attributed to a driver who was at fault. The theory used in most accidents is one of negligence. Negligence in a truck accident means that the truck driver failed to act reasonably in the operation of his or her tractor-trailer. According to the law, a driver is required to drive in a way that is reasonably prudent, meaning that drivers must drive carefully. Anytime a driver deviates from their duty to drive prudently can result in them being deemed negligent.
Common Injuries on Interstate 83
Anytime a driver is on the road they have a duty to drive as a reasonably prudent driver would, as discussed above, however, if they are involved in an accident it is the injured driver who has the responsibility of proving that the another driver was negligent. One of the key components to a personal injury case involving a truck is that the driver sustained some type of injury. Unfortunately, it is all too common that a driver sharing the road with a large truck will be injured. Some of the most common injuries that drivers sustain as a result of a truck accident include:
- Head and brain injuries – These injuries can include concussions, traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, fractures, and lacerations. Because the brain is vitally important, any injury to the head and brain have the potential to be devastating and potentially fatal.
- Neck and back injuries – Every year it is estimated that nearly 1 million people throughout the country will sustain a neck injury, most commonly whiplash. In addition to whiplash herniated discs, spinal cord damage, and sprains are also fairly common, all of which can make it difficult to move and require lengthy rehabilitation.
- Soft tissue injuries – When any of the muscles, tendons, or ligaments in the body sustain rapid trauma they can be damaged, or torn resulting in severe pain and loss of mobility.
Truck Accident Claims on Interstate 83
In a truck accident or any accident involving motor vehicles, one of the most important factors to take into account is the nature of the injuries that the driver sustained because this will often determine how much the driver can recover. Maryland allows for two general types of damages economic, and non-economic.
Economic damages are those types of damages where it is easy to put a dollar amount that the injured victim has lost. One of the most common economic damages in a truck accident are for medical bills. Although economic damages can also include payments for lost wages, as well as for any ongoing care that is required. In addition to these types of economic damages, Maryland also allows for punitive damages. Punitive damages are granted to the injured party as a means of punishing a driver who has engaged in such dangerous and reckless driving practices that their actions warrant punishment.
In addition to economic damages, Maryland allows an injured driver to recover for non-economic damages. These damages are often much harder to quantify as compared to economic damages but are meant to compensate an injured person for their past and future pain and suffering. In addition to pain and suffering, a person who has been injured in a truck accident can recover for such things as emotional trauma, loss of consortium – meaning the loss of companionship enjoyed between a married couple, as well as loss of function of a body part. However, non-economic damages are capped in Maryland and a person will not be able to recover more than $350,000 in these damage types.
Because of the differences between car accidents and those accidents involving trucks injuries can be more severe. However, this is not the only different. Commercial drivers in Maryland are required to carry more insurance than non-commercial drivers, and additionally, their insurance companies will dig more deeply into the facts of a case in an effort not to pay. Maryland requires that non-commercial drivers have insurance coverage of 30,000 for bodily injury to one person, $60,000 coverage for bodily injury to two or more people, and $15,000 coverage for property damage, trucking companies, and commercial drivers have much higher insurance requirements. The minimum limit for a general motor carrier is $750,000. This is because the damages in a truck accident are more likely to result in serious injuries.
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To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call the law offices of Reiff Law Firm Trucking at (215) 709-6940 or contact us online. If the statute of limitations expires, your window of legal opportunity will close and you won’t be able to pursue a claim.