With several thousand roadway fatalities attributable to accidents involving commercial vehicles annually, there is no denying that a serious problem exists. While recent legislative initiatives and changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations have attempted to address some of the major factors in these collisions, including driver fatigue, there are still challenges yet to be conquered in order to reduce the risk.
If you or someone you love have sustained serious harm in a Maine-area car accident with a freight hauling truck, a bus, a construction vehicle or taxi, we at Hardy Wolf and Downing stand prepared to assist you in the fight for compensation and justice.
Helping Maine accident victims for nearly four decades
Victims of commercial vehicle accidents need a strong legal advocate in order to prevail in their quest for financial recovery. It is essential to enlist the aid of knowledgeable attorneys in this area who can ensure that medical bills, rehabilitation costs and payment for other losses is secured. In addition, a seasoned Maine car accident lawyer has the skills and experience necessary to hold responsible parties accountable for the damage they have done and hopefully prevent subsequent collisions from occurring.
The firm of Hardy Wolf and Downing prides itself on offering accident victims throughout Portland, Lewiston and across Maine with an unusually high level of personal service and attention. With no-cost initial consultations, access to an unrivaled network of accident reconstruction professionals, medical experts and financial loss analysts, we have what it takes to build the strongest motor vehicle accident lawsuit possible on behalf of every client we are privileged to serve.
Types of commercial vehicles responsible for serious accidents in Maine
The category of commercial vehicles that can cause life-altering injuries to other motorists is larger than many people initially think.
Among the vehicles with the most serious potential to harm are:
- Motor carriers
- Tractor trailers
- Tow trucks
- Cement mixing trucks
- Moving vans
- Taxi cabs
The reasons why commercial vehicle accidents happen are many and varied, but they all contribute to potentially profound injuries to those unlucky enough to be enveloped by them. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the following are some of the most common factors contributing to large-scale car accidents in the United States:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Overloaded cargo
- Excessive speed
- Swerving to avoid road hazards
- Equipment failure
In addition, the unique nature of many commercial vehicles makes them more dangerous to other drivers on the road. Given that large trucks and other vehicles require significantly more distance and time to make unexpected stops than passenger vehicles, it should come as no surprise that drivers of such trucks who follow others too closely are prone to cause deadly rear-end collisions that can lead to roll-overs. Truckers using cellular phones while driving or speeding to pick up their next load also produce tragic consequences all too frequently. Since our firm’s inception, we have been conducting comprehensive crash investigations for injury victims and have the ability to get to the root cause of injury-causing collisions in Lewiston, Bangor, Portland and across the entire state of Maine.
Seriousness of injuries caused by commercial vehicle accidents in Maine
The potential for harm stemming from these types of accidents cannot be overstated. The immense weight and impressive size of many such vehicles creates the possibility of severe harm for any motorist entangled in such an incident. Drivers of passenger cars are not the only ones at risk, as commercial vehicle accidents can also cause injuries to pedestrians, bystanders and road construction workers alike.
Among the most common harm sustained by those involved in commercial vehicle collisions include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
Because these types of harm can be so severe, the costs associated with them can be extremely daunting for victims and their families to face. It has been estimated that commercial vehicle incidents produced roughly $87 billion in damages in the year 2011 alone. Fortunately, the law affords such individuals the opportunity to seek financial compensation for their injuries, and the settlements and verdicts in such lawsuits can often be quite significant.
It may be possible for individuals to receive payment for things such as:
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Costs of ongoing rehabilitation services
- Required accessibility modifications to the home
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium/marital relationship
- Lost wages/reduced earning capacity
- Funeral expenses
- Lost of financial and familial support in fatality cases
However, securing such compensation from insurance carriers reluctant to pay can prove challenging, and therefore injury victims should not attempt to go it alone. At Hardy Wolf and Downing, we have dedicated our careers to serving those harmed by the negligence of others, and we stand prepared to provide an unrivaled level of advocacy intended to maximize compensation for our clients.
Maine accident lawyers poised to make a real difference
For nearly 40 years, the attorneys of Hardy Wolf and Downing have built reputations for being tireless champions of the injured in Maine, securing impressive outcome and sizable recoveries for our clients. We are ready and willing to aggressively tackle every aspect of your commercial vehicle accident lawsuit, from initial fact-finding and discovery to settlement negotiation and all the way through to trial, should that prove necessary. We pledge to leave no stone unturned and no angle unexplored when it comes to protecting your rights and obtaining the compensation you deserve.
To begin exploring your legal options and to take the first steps on the road to recovery, contact us at 1-800-INJURED. We look forward to providing you with a no-charge initial consultation and helping you make informed decisions for your family’s future.
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Commercial Motor Vehicle Facts - March 2013, www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/commercial-motor-vehicle-facts---march-2013
- National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Large Truck Crash Causation Study, http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810646.pdf
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Large Truck Crashes, http://iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/large-trucks/fatalityfacts/large-trucks
- United State Department of Transportation, Commercial Vehicle Facts, http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/facts-research/CMV-Facts.pdf