Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers
We Fight for Compensation for Those Injured in Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks can weigh as much as 20 – 30 times that of the average passenger vehicle. This weight disparity translates into a tremendous amount of force on impact in the event of a wreck, which in turn can lead to catastrophic injuries to the occupants of smaller vehicles. Each year, more than 100,000 people are injured in truck accidents involving large trucks. Nearly three-quarters of those injured are the occupants of smaller vehicles.
Victims of trucking accidents often face a long road to recovery. In addition to physical pain, mounting medical bills and lost income, there is the added stress of trying to recover compensation. Maryland truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton understand the hardship experienced by victims of negligence. We stand up to trucking companies and their insurers in order to recover maximum compensation for injured truck accident victims and their families.
Types of Truck Accident Injuries
When a tractor trailer collides with a smaller truck or car, the impact can cause a number of musculoskeletal injuries including broken bones, torn ligaments and damage to muscle tissue. These types of injuries often require months of intensive treatment and rehabilitation. Those who do recover may have limited use of the injured body part for the rest of their lives.
Head and Neck Injuries
Any type of motor vehicle accident can result in injuries to the head and neck, but in truck crashes, these injuries tend to be more severe due to the nature of large trucks. Injuries may involve a fracture of the skull, concussion, damage to the connective tissues in the neck or traumatic brain injury caused by a direct impact to the head.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Injuries to the spinal cord are a major concern in truck accidents. Serious spinal cord injuries can cause the victim to suffer partial or total paralysis, resulting in the need for a lifetime of round-the-clock care. Even a minor spinal cord injury can lead to chronic back pain that can make it difficult for the person to perform everyday tasks such as lifting, or sitting or standing for long periods. In some cases, the injury is not felt immediately after the crash, but rather develops in the hours, days or even weeks after the truck accident.
Trucks carrying explosive or flammable materials have an added layer of danger in a crash. Victims who may be trapped in the wreckage are at risk of suffering severe burns in the event of a fire or explosion. Burn victims often require multiple surgeries and may suffer permanent scarring and disfigurement.
Injuries to Internal Organs
Injuries to the internal organs are particularly dangerous and often difficult to detect. Common truck accident injuries include a punctured or ruptured spleen, pancreas, liver or stomach. One of the most dangerous types of internal injuries involves a compression of the abdomen that results in a rupture of the abdominal aorta. This causes severe internal bleeding that is almost always fatal. In some cases, an injury is not caused by a crash at all, but rather happens when a person is hit by an unsecured object that fell off the back of a moving truck.
Cuts and Lacerations
At the moment a crash happens, bits of broken glass and jagged pieces of metal are sent flying through the air and into anyone that happens to be close by. Deep cuts and lacerations can be excruciatingly painful and may leave victims with permanent scarring and disfigurement. If glass or metal enters the eye area, the person may suffer a partial or total loss of vision.
The crushing weight of a semi truck is enough to cause an accidental amputation of a limb. This is highly dangerous for the injured person because of the potential for extreme blood loss. In other situations, the amputation does not happen at the scene of the truck crash, but later in the hospital due to severe trauma to the limb.
Injuries Caused by Exposure to Hazardous Materials
When a truck carrying hazardous materials crashes, the potential for harm can last long after the initial incident. Truck crash victims, first responders and local residents are at risk of exposure to toxic chemicals or fumes. Direct contact with chemicals may cause irritation and burning of the skin and eyes. Inhaled contaminants may have both immediate and lifelong health effects.
Baltimore Trucking Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Recover Maximum Compensation for Injured Truck Crash Victims
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a trucking accident, we can help. Maryland truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton have the experience and the skills to recover maximum compensation for your injuries. Call 800-547-4LAW (4529) today to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified truck accident lawyers or submit an online contact form. Someone is available to take your call 24 hours a day.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, allowing us to represent truck accident victims throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.