Maryland Commercial Truck Accidents on Rural Roads and Remote Highways

Victims of severe traffic accidents in Maryland and the District of Columbia often receive bodily injuries serious enough to require hospitalization. Even in low-speed fender-bender accidents there is a chance of head, neck or spinal cord injury, depending on the circumstances. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, our legal team knows that retaining a qualified attorney to file your personal injury claim can make the difference between recovering the damages to which you are legally entitled and receiving only what an insurance company believes you deserve.

One of the more dangerous driving situations, it can be said, is operating a motor vehicle on narrow rural roadways with heavy truck traffic. All it takes to find oneself in a hospital emergency room is one careless mistake by a commercial truck driver. Head-on collisions, rear-end crashes and other traffic accidents involving large box trucks, semi tractor-trailers and fuel tankers can place the occupants of smaller passenger vehicles in great peril. Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are dangerous vehicles when operated in a haphazard or careless manner, and there is no excuse for a truck driver injuring or killing another motorist where negligence can be proven.

One large concern associated with accidents that take place on remote roadways -- accidents involving both cars and trucks, as well as motorcycles -- is the distance from the nearest medical facility and the time it takes to get help to victims of a car or truck crash. Whether one is involved in a T-bone collision with another passenger car, a head-on crash due to a negligent trucker, or a weather-related single-vehicle wreck, drivers and passengers are at risk of sustaining critical or even fatal bodily injuries through no fault of their own.

With more than 3.5 million licensed drivers traveling in cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles on Maryland interstates and surface streets, the odds of any person who travels our state’s roadways being involved in a traffic accident during their lifetime is quite high. Sadly, with 17,000 lane-miles of interstates, beltways, highways and city streets, there will likely always be injury-related traffic accidents in Maryland, now and in the future.

As personal injury experts, the lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen are ready and willing to help individuals who have been seriously hurt in automobile and commercial trucking-related road accidents. Having years of experience in assisting victims of motorcycle, automobile and trucking collisions, as well as their families, we understand that Maryland’s rural routes and county roads are often the scene of horrendous traffic wrecks. Although high-speed interstate roadways pose their own hazards, undivided highways and rural roads can present other, equally dangerous situations for some unlucky motorists.

Drivers can frequently experience hazardous conditions that can result in very serious car-truck collisions. Of the various types of crashes that take place on rural routes and two-lane highways, those involving large commercial trucks can be some of the most deadly. Whether a trucker is distracted by his or her smartphone, over-tired due to excessive hours behind the wheel, or under the influence of alcohol, doctor-prescribed medication or illegal substances, the results are most certainly just as bad for the victims.

Negligent liability associated with trucking accidents can include speed exceeding the posted limit, improper or skipped maintenance on the trucker’s vehicle, alcohol or drug use, as well as outright reckless or aggressive driving. Sometimes it’s simply a case of inattention at a critical moment while two vehicles are approaching on a two-lane road. Head-on collisions while driving through the countryside can be some of the most serious.

It is a cruel irony that some traffic wrecks, especially those in sparsely populated portions of the state, can lead to a fatality simply because the victim could not make it to a hospital emergency room in time. Those accidents that take place in remote areas or relatively untraveled roadways can prove deadly to an accident victim who suffers a cut or severed artery as a result of the crash. For example, car and trucking accidents resulting in compound fractures can lead to serious loss of blood before help can arrive, possibly resulting in a fatal event.

Anyone who survives a negligence-related commercial trucking crash should consult with a qualified personal injury attorney. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we endeavor to provide superior representation for our clients in order to help them recover damages from the negligent party or parties. When building a case, we consider numerous factors, including the expense of emergency room treatment, long-term hospitalization costs, rehab expenses and doctor fees. We also fight for our clients’ right to compensation for pain and suffering, in addition to any lost wages that the injured victim may be entitled to recover.

If you have been badly injured in a trucking-related collision, automobile accident or motorcycle wreck in Maryland or the Washington, D.C., area, we encourage you to contact a qualified personal injury professional to learn more about your legal options. As a victim of a commercial trucking-related injury you do have rights under the law. Lebowitz & Mzhen is always happy to discuss your accident case. Please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation at (800) 654-1949, or by email to either Jack Lebowitz or Vadim Mzhen.