Some Truck Accidents Are Caused by Hazardous Maryland Roadways
Well-maintained roads are an essential factor in roadway safety. In fact, roadway conditions contribute to more than 50 percent of the almost 42,000 fatalities resulting from U.S. traffic accidents every year, and thereby account for more deaths than speeding, alcohol-impaired driving and occupants not wearing seatbelts.
Since 1987, the Baltimore trucking lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. have helped victims of truck accidents collect rightful compensation for their injuries. Our legal team has the skills to conduct a thorough investigation of your commercial vehicle accident to determine whether driver error, corporate negligence or hazardous road conditions played a part in triggering the wreck or contributing to its severity. With determination and experience, our attorneys act as your relentless advocates.
Responsibility for Maintaining Safe Roadway Conditions
Roadways in the Baltimore area may be owned and maintained on the federal, state or local level. If poor highway conditions contributed to your truck accident, our Baltimore trucking lawyers take aim at the government department that is responsible. The procedures for filing a claim against the government are different than those for suing the driver or the private commercial vehicle corporation. Even the tactics for negotiating with the insurance companies are different. Our firm handles these types of claims regularly, and we know the important steps we need to take to recover damages from the appropriate government agency.
Poor road maintenance can contribute to a truck crash
Poor roadway conditions can contribute to an auto accident. When that crash involves a commercial vehicle, the truck driver and other motorists risk catastrophic injuries. For example, a tractor-trailer may sustain a tire blowout when it runs over construction debris or a raised manhole cover. If, consequently, the driver loses control of the big rig, occupants of smaller, lighter cars are placed in serious jeopardy.
That is why government agencies have a duty to maintain the roads, repair dangerous problems and warn drivers about perils. Their failure to do so can result in such hazardous conditions as:
- Bridge collapse
- Broken traffic signals
- Confusing or improper signage
- Dangerous intersections
- Dangerously tight turns and curves on roads and exit ramps
- Dim road lighting
- Faded reflective lane paint
- Ice patches and snow accumulation
- Inadequate runaway truck ramps on steep terrain
- Insufficient warning about approaching construction site
- Lack of guardrails on highways
- Missing clearance signs on overpasses
- No shoulder or emergency lane
- Overgrown bushes and trees blocking signs
- Poor storm water drainage
- Potholes, uneven pavement and raised manhole covers
- Road construction issues
- Road debris
- Steep drop-off
Contact Baltimore Trucking Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton to Obtain Compensation for Accidents Caused by Hazardous Roadways
To learn more about your rights to file a truck wreck claim against a government transportation department, call Baltimore trucking lawyers with LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact our firm online. We are available by phone 24 hours a day to assist you with your legal needs. Your initial consultation with our Baltimore personal injury firm is free. We handle auto accident claims throughout Maryland on a contingency-fee basis. Your recovery is our top priority.