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Truck Accidents

It can be the kind of stuff that wakes you up at night with your heart pounding: the image of a large truck bearing down on your mid-sized family car filled with loved ones, whether that truck is in your rear-view mirror or coming at you in your lane as you round a curve.  All accidents can cause injuries, but accidents involving large trucks can cause severe injuries due to their size.  If the truck driver was negligent, you should be compensated for the injuries you sustained as a result of the accident.

Baltimore truck accident lawyer Steven Heisler has been fighting for the rights of the injured for over 35 years.  He knows what you are going through and will fight for your rights to compensation to make you whole again.  If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may have a right to compensation.  Give Steven a call at (410) 625-4878 for a free consultation.

Why You Should Hire a Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyer

Being involved in a truck accident is stressful enough.  You shouldn’t have to worry about the legal issues involved in getting compensated for your injuries.  Hiring an experienced and knowledgeable Baltimore truck accident lawyer to handle your case will ease your stress while assuring that your case is handled correctly.  Some other reasons to hire an attorney are:

  • They will meet with you initially to discuss your case and the options available.
  • They will interview any witnesses to the accident, including first responders.
  •  They will hire any experts necessary to prove your claim and damages.
  • They will file any necessary documents and letters with the court or send them to opposing counsel.
  • They will deal with the insurance companies, including negotiating a fair settlement that suits your needs.
  • They will file a claim in court if a settlement cannot be reached.
  • They will try your case in front of a judge or jury.

Having a lawyer by your side, fighting for you, will ease your stress and increase the chances that you will get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.  Steven Heisler will be there for you every step of the way.  Give him a call at (410) 625-4878.

Why Choose Us?

We know that there are many Baltimore truck accident lawyers out there.  You will want to hire one who will fight for your right to fair compensation and who knows how the insurance companies work.  You only get one shot at a claim, so you will want to do it right.  Here are some reasons to hire Steven Heisler to fight for you.

Steven was a prized Golden Gloves boxer and a tenacious union organizer before turning to law to help people.  He has been fighting for people his entire life and has been through some tough legal battles.

What Should I Do After a Truck Crash?

The most important thing you can do after a collision with a large commercial truck or vehicle is to make sure that the injured receive immediate medical care. Call 911 and request the emergency help you need. Saving lives is always your first priority. Once an ambulance or other emergency assistance is on the way, here are additional things to do at the scene of the crash:

  • If anyone is in an unsafe situation, such as in an active traffic lane, and they are able, move them to a safer location off the road to prevent additional harm. However, do not leave the scene of the accident.
  • Get the truck driver’s name, contact information, insurance information, state driver’s license number, CDL driver’s license number, the employer or company that they contracted with, and license plate number. Also find out exactly what materials were being hauled.
  • Obtain similar information from any other drivers involved in the crash.
  • Other than the info you need to gather, do not speak further with the truck driver or any other persons involved in the accident. Never discuss the accident or say anything that could later be misconstrued as admitting fault.
  • Use your phone to take photos of everything you can: the road conditions, damage to the truck, damage to your and other vehicles, the final resting positions of all vehicles, and so on. It is also important to take photos of driver’s licenses and CDL licenses, and license plates.
  • If you can locate witnesses, request their contact information.
  • When police and other emergency personnel arrive, cooperate fully with them. The police will use the information you give them in their report, so be sure it is accurate. If you can, take down the names and badge numbers of those who responded to the scene.
  • At the scene, other than taking care of those who are injured, documenting what happened and preserving the evidence is crucial. Once evidence is lost, misplaced, or even purposefully destroyed by others, it is gone forever.

When the immediacy of the collision is past, there are other tasks we recommend you take care of as soon as possible:

  • Make sure you and everyone else in your vehicle seeks medical attention, even if you believe afterwards that you are all right. Some types of injuries can take a while to appear.
  • Any injury, regardless of how small, should be documented with photos and written commentary. Keep a record of all your medical visits and procedures, as you heal.
  • Fill out and file police reports and any other reports required of you.
  • Keep copies of everything from police reports to medical correspondence and files, as well as medical bills, vehicle damage repair estimates, repair bills, and any correspondence with insurance companies.
  • While you are usually required to contact your insurance company after an accident, do not reveal anything to them other than what is required.
  • Do not post anything to social media after the truck accident.  The insurance companies can hire a private investigator to watch what you post, and they could use that against you.
  • Do not discuss what happened with anyone other than your doctor and your attorney.
  • If your collision took place in Maryland, a truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler would be happy to provide you with a free consultation.

What Should I Do If the Trucking Company Calls Me?

If anyone from the trucking company or their insurance company calls you, or says that they are a representative acting for the trucking company or their insurance company, do not speak to them. You are under no obligation to talk with them, and anything you say will likely be recorded and will be held against you if it’s possible to do so. Resist the urge to talk; hang up, even if doing so seems rude. If you can’t manage that, simply refer those who call to your truck accident attorney. If you do not have an attorney, under no circumstances should you tell them that.


Never make any type of statement: recorded statement, official statement, or anything similar. Never discuss a settlement, and never say you will accept a settlement. Do not discuss anything or give your opinion on any matter.

If someone knocks on your door, do not let them in and do not talk with them. Shut the door with no comment other than that they should speak with your Baltimore truck accident attorney.

Truck Accidents: Driver Error

We can probably all agree that large-trucks can pose terrible dangers to those of us in cars should something go awry. Just as there are many trucks on the highway, and many truck drivers, there can be many reasons for large-truck accidents. Truck crashes are often complex, so something called a “critical reason” is often assigned to what caused the accident. It’s best thought of as the last failure in a chain of failures. A driver failure, a vehicular failure, or an environmental condition can all be critical reasons.

Let’s look at what kinds of things can go wrong. The top critical reasons for large-truck crashes that are driver-related are:

  • “Failing to look,” meaning the driver either did not look or did not see something they should have seen before attempting a maneuver with their truck. Trucks have large “no-zones” which prevent the driver from seeing vehicles directly behind them or beside them.
  • Driver distraction or inattention. This can include using devices with screens, such as cellphones, GPS systems, and so on.
  • Exceeding the speed limit, especially when the weather conditions dictate caution.
  • Actions that are illegal or show poor judgment, such as following too closely, taking a curve too quickly, and passing inappropriately.
  • Driver fatigue, including falling asleep.
  • Driver illness and taking medications for the illness (either over-the-counter or prescription) that impair judgment.
  • Use of alcohol and illegal drugs.
  • Driver inexperience, including a lack of familiarity with the route.

Truck Accidents: Vehicular Failure

While driver error tends to be the biggest cause of large-truck accidents, we want to emphasize that the driver is not always at fault. If the truck is owned by a company which is responsible for the maintenance, the driver can be unaware of their negligence. Such mechanical or equipment failures can cause devastating accidents. The most common critical reasons for truck accidents due to vehicular failure are:

  • Tire failure or degradation, or wheel failures
  • Brake failure, as in a 2015 Philadelphia crash where five family members were killed
  • Steering, transmission, or engine failures
  • Cargo shifting from improper loading, or overloading
  • Trucks are supposed to undergo numerous pre- and post-trip inspections. If a truck is not properly maintained, and if the appropriate inspections are not performed, tragedy can ensue.

Truck Accidents: Environmental Conditions

Some causes of truck accidents are environmental, meaning weather conditions and roadway conditions. The majority of such accidents are caused by the road conditions:

  • Slick roads
  • Debris in the road
  • Obstructions of the view ahead
  • Bad signage or signals
  • Poor road design
  • Reasons that are called atmospheric or weather-related are what you might expect: snow, ice, fog, heavy rain (which can cause hydroplaning), high winds, and other weather-related situations.

Who Pays When Truck Accidents Occur in Maryland?

Truckers are required to obtain a commercial license (CDL) before driving cargo and must complete courses and training at a trucking school before taking to the road. An accident caused by a poorly-trained, insufficiently licensed or otherwise unfit trucker may push liability for negligence onto the trucking company itself. Trucking companies can also be held liable for negligence in maintaining their trucks and in forcing drivers to break hours-of-service rules and drive too long. If the party loading the truck is not the trucking company, in some cases they can be liable as well. Of course, the driver can be found negligent, too, if he or she drives carelessly or breaks the law while behind the wheel.

The fact that multiple parties may share in the liability for a truck accident is one of the reasons it is important for the accident victims to contact a lawyer who has previous experience handling tractor-trailer accidents, not just car accidents. A qualified trucking lawyer can help facilitate communication between the driver’s company, manufacturers, insurance companies, and related parties and help injury victims obtain compensation for their trucking accident injuries.

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyer Steven Heisler Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you will have a lot of questions for us when we initially sit down to discuss your case. However, over the years we have been asked similar questions which we think are important to show here.  Some of the most common questions we get from new clients are:

How long do I have to file a truck accident claim in Baltimore?

The statute of limitations in Maryland is three years from the date of the crash.  However, we suggest not waiting to file at the last minute.  The sooner the better.

I was already contacted by the insurance company.  Should I speak to them?

You should not say anything specific about the case or about any of your injuries.  They will use this against you when negotiating a settlement.  Always refer calls to your truck accident lawyer.

How much does it cost to hire a Baltimore truck accident lawyer?

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you receive compensation, either through a settlement or a jury verdict.

How much money will I receive in my settlement?

That depends on numerous factors, including the severity of your injuries and the amount of insurance coverage. Also, insurance companies negotiate in different ways.  Just make sure you have a strong truck accident lawyer fighting for you.

How long will it take to get my settlement check?

That depends on the complexity of the case and the insurance companies’ willingness to settle on a fair amount.  Also, if the case goes to court and then a jury trial, it will take longer to receive compensation.

What if I was partially at fault for the accident?

Maryland is what is considered a contributory negligence state, which means if you are found to be partially at fault you cannot recover for your injuries.

Steven Heisler is Your Baltimore Truck Accident Attorney

When you are going against a tough opponent, you need someone in your corner who will fight harder for you.  And who better to have in your corner than a former boxer?  Steven Heisler has been fighting against insurance companies for a long time, and he knows all of the tricks they use to try to settle cases as early and as cheaply as possible.

If you were involved in a truck accident, do not try to settle your case on your own.  You have medical bills and may lose work because of your injuries.  You also have pain and suffering from your injuries.  Fighting against the insurance companies by yourself could leave you financially short.  Let an experienced and knowledgeable Baltimore truck accident lawyer get you the compensation you need to make you whole again.  Call Steven Heisler today at (410) 625-4878 for a free consultation.  Remember, we don’t get paid unless you do.

Attorney Steve Heisler

Steve Heisler decided in 1996 that he was going to focus his law practice exclusively on injury cases. Since then, he has been representing injured people against insurance companies, disreputable medical practitioners and Big Pharma, and doing it with compassion, honesty and level-headed rationality. [ Attorney Bio ]

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If you have been involved in a collision with a large truck, you may be concerned about how you’re going to make ends meet. You may be confused about how to go about seeking compensation from the negligent driver. That’s understandable. Not only are truck accidents likely to be serious due to the size of the vehicles involved, but they are more legally complex and may involve multiple parties, including the driver’s company, truck owner, truck manufacturer and others.

Steve Heisler has been helping injured people in Maryland for more than two decades with all types of vehicular accidents. That means he has won compensation for victims of car accidents, motorcycle wrecks, bicycle accidents, and, yes, truck wrecks. Steve’s thorough investigation will uncover all potential defendants in your case, demanding just compensation for your medical expenses, rehabilitation, loss of income, and pain and suffering. If you lost a loved one because of a big rig driver’s negligence, Steve can help your family recover through a wrongful death lawsuit.

You’d better believe the trucking company and insurer will have a team of lawyers to protect their interests. Call an experienced Baltimore truck accident attorney to protect yours. Call (410) 625-4878 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, or use our online contact form.