Have you or a loved one been injured in a truck accident in Bethesda, Maryland? The Bethesda truck accident lawyers at Regan Zambri Long can help you pursue justice so that you or your loved one can focus on healing from your injuries.
Busy roads in metro areas can increase the likelihood of truck accidents with passenger vehicles, and unfortunately, these kinds of accidents can be more severe and catastrophic than other car or pedestrian accidents. When someone—especially a trucker—is negligent behind the wheel, they should be held accountable for the injuries they cause to other people.
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At Regan Zambri Long, our Bethesda, MD, personal injury lawyers are experienced in truck accident cases in the DC metro area. We are ready and able to take on your case and seek justice and compensation on your behalf. You are entitled to certain compensation when you or your loved one has been the victim of someone else’s negligence. The truck accident attorneys at Regan Zambri Long’s Bethesda, MD, office will fight on your behalf until we’ve made a recovery in your favor. Schedule a free consultation today online or by calling 202-960-4596.
A truck accident can be caused by many of the same negligent behaviors that cause other motor vehicle accidents. These can include:
Maryland drivers were involved in 514 fatal crashes in 2022. Although there’s no breakdown showing accidents involving trucks vs other vehicles, several Bethesda area collisions in 2022 were caused by trucks, including a multi-car pile up in Silver Spring caused by a cement truck and the tragic death of a State Department employee who was struck while riding her bicycle.
Federal regulations dictate how long or how far a trucker may drive without adequate breaks and sleep, but too often truckers and/or trucking companies are willing to push the envelope to get the job done faster.
In some cases, it may be easy to prove that the trucker was driving negligently and caused the accident. In other cases, it may require extensive, independent investigation by your Bethesda truck accident lawyer and a legal battle with the trucking company and/or its insurance company.
Either way, it is in your best interest to contact a Regan Zambri Long attorney as soon as possible after your accident for a free consultation and to discuss the next steps.
A truck accident can be more devastating than a car accident because of the size and weight of many kinds of trucks. Most trucks lack quick braking ability, they have more blind spots than other vehicles, and large or heavy loads can be dangerous if not balanced correctly.
Any one of these factors can mean that, if a trucker is driving the least bit negligently, he or she might not have adequate time to react to a law-abiding driver or pedestrian, often resulting in severe injuries or even death for the victim.
Truck accidents can often be catastrophic, meaning full and complete recovery for the victim is not possible. Other times, the victim sustains serious injuries and requires extensive medical care—meaning a long and expensive recovery.
While financial compensation may be the furthest thing from your mind in the aftermath of an accident, you must consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The truck accident lawyers at Regan Zambri Long will shoulder the legal burden of your case so that you can focus on healing and recovering.
Our legal team will investigate the accident, collecting the police report, eyewitness statements, and other relevant evidence. From there, we will work to prove the negligence of the trucker and call on our medical experts to review your medical records and help calculate the financial cost of your injuries and other damages.
Once we have a starting number for compensation we will begin settlement negotiations with the liable party and/or the insurance company. If our Bethesda, MD, lawyers are unable to reach a fair settlement, we won’t hesitate to go to trial.
The injuries sustained in truck accidents can range from mild to catastrophic. Often victims will suffer from a range of different injuries. These can include:
You should always seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident and keep any follow-up appointments that are recommended or scheduled on your behalf. This creates a medical record of your injuries that can prove invaluable if your injuries take time to manifest. Additionally, some injuries may not be immediately visible. A concussion that goes unnoticed, for example, could end up having serious consequences later.
After a truck accident, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed with all the steps you need to take toward justice. But Regan Zambri Long is here to help.
Our attorneys have more than 100 years of cumulative experience in personal injury practice areas and we have decades of successes to draw from. Our Bethesda truck accident lawyers will handle your case with compassion and determination, fighting on your behalf until we’ve recovered the compensation you are owed.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only collect legal fees once we’ve made a recovery in your favor.
Schedule your free case evaluation today by calling 202-960-4596.
Determining who is responsible for a Bethesda, MD truck accident can take time because multiple parties may share liability.
In many cases, where the trucker was an employee and operating within the scope of duty, the trucking company can be held liable under the legal doctrine of vicarious liability. This is especially true if there is evidence that shows the company knew about or encouraged the driver to violate safety regulations.
The truck driver is also likely to carry or share liability for an accident caused by his or her negligence.
Other potentially liable parties can include maintenance teams, part manufacturers and/or distributors, and the government or body responsible for road maintenance if poor roads are found to be a contributing factor.
In most cases, the victims or surviving family members of a Bethesda truck accident can sue a truck driver for the injuries and damages sustained in the accident. To have a successful lawsuit, you will need to prove negligence. You will need to show that the trucker had a duty of care to drive in a certain manner, that the duty of care was breached, that the breach caused an accident and that you or your loved one was a victim of the accident.
It’s important to recognize Maryland’s strict contributory negligence standard, which may bar you from claiming compensation if you were in any way responsible for the accident.
Every state follows a negligence standard that determines how a victim can claim compensation in a personal injury case. Contributory negligence, as followed by Maryland and a few other states, is the most strict. Under this standard, anyone who is found to have contributed to the accident is barred from seeking compensation for their injuries and damages, even if they only contributed to one percent of the accident.
Because of this harsh standard, it’s in your best interest to hire an experienced Bethesda truck accident lawyer from Regan Zambri Long. The liable party or parties will likely try to blame you for a portion of the accident to avoid paying what you are owed. Your attorney will investigate the accident to prove your innocence. You can schedule your free consultation today by calling 202-960-4596.
Maryland’s statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years from the date of the accident. If you do not file your truck accident suit within three years of the occurrence, your case will most likely be dismissed.
When you consult with a truck accident attorney at Regan Zambri Long, we will help you determine when the time is right to file your claim. Often this will be when you’ve had a chance to recover as much as possible so that we can better calculate your medical bills and the cost of any continued, long-term care. Our legal team will ensure that you don’t miss the window for filing your claim.
You are not required to have legal representation for a personal injury case, but it is rarely in your best interest to take on the legal process alone. The Bethesda truck accident lawyers at Regan Zambri Long have experience with cases similar to yours. When you hire our law firm, you get:
You can schedule a free case evaluation today online or by calling 202-960-4596.
It is impossible to put a value on any personal injury claim until there has been a thorough investigation into the facts of the case and the damages have been calculated. In Bethesda truck accidents especially, an average claim amount is hard to determine because some accidents are catastrophic while others are comparatively minor.
Catastrophic cases generally have higher payouts, which can skew the average value of truck accident cases.
The best way to begin to understand the value of your truck accident case is to consult with a truck accident lawyer from Regan Zambri Long. We will review your case, help you calculate the value, and determine how much your case may be worth.
Maryland allows victims to claim two main kinds of compensation.
In cases where the liable party acted with particularly gross negligence, Maryland also allows victims to seek punitive damages. These damages are a financial punishment for the liable party. Your experienced lawyer will help you understand if your case warrants seeking punitive damages.
Choosing a Bethesda truck accident lawyer is more complicated than calling the first law firm you see or hear about. You need a law firm and legal team that you can trust, and that has the experience and a track record of success. Regan Zambri Long’s Bethesda law office checks all the boxes you will need for a successful truck accident suit.
We’ve recovered millions of dollars for our personal injury clients and we are ready to take on your case.
At Regan Zambri Long, we believe in justice. That’s why we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t collect any legal fees until we’ve made a recovery in your favor.
Schedule your free consultation and case evaluation today by calling 202-960-4596.