Truck Accidents

Annapolis Truck Accident Lawyer

Trucking Safety Rules

A truck driver could be fired if he is found to be at-fault for an accident.  Can you count on that driver to tell the truth?

How did this happen?

Truck Driver’s Safety Rules

Following safety rules is critical to protecting the public and for driver’s to prevent truck accidents.  Every truck driver has to demonstrate that they know the rules and are capable of following the rules.  Truck accidents invariably follow violations of these rules that are due fatigue, carelessness, weather conditions and laziness.  Truck accidents are often investigated by authorities, the trucking companies risk management team and also their insurance company.  An admission of responsibility by a truck driver may lead to him losing his job.   The driver knows the rules that he should have followed and it is important to have a truck accident lawyer that knows the same rules.

Annapolis truck accident lawyer, George Patterson has handled hundreds of truck accident cases.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and applicable Maryland truck safety rules often apply to Maryland truck accidents.  Many companies that engage in interstate trucking provide copies of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to their drivers.  These detailed requirements can be used by a truck accident lawyer to hold a driver responsible.  George Patterson is Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Truck Accident Attorney and has been designated as an Advocate Attorney member of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys.   In fact, George Patterson has been a featured presenter on truck accident issues for the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys and the National Business Institute.

Please call a nine time Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyer to schedule a free consultation to discuss your truck accident.  Annapolis truck accident lawyer, George Patterson meets clients at his Annapolis office and may be reached at 301-888-4878.

What to Expect?

You Must Prove the Violation of the Safety Rule

Commercial trucks have larger blind spots that require the proper adjustment of mirrors for the truck drivers to monitor those areas for traffic.  The Annapolis truck accident lawyer, George Patterson has litigated numerous cases involving unsafe lane changes made by commercial truck drivers into cars that were in known blind spots.

Interstate truck drivers are also required to maintain a log documenting the hours that they had been driving as well as the location and times of stops.  This information is helpful to determine if a truck driver was sleep deprived or running late. Violations of the rules of the road are more likely to occur when a driver is tired or rushed.

Improper truck maintenance also leads to accidents. Annapolis truck accident lawyer, George Patterson has litigated truck accidents caused by illegally parked trucks and by trucks that failed to have adequate lighting or reflective markings.  This is particularly important in preventing night time accidents when trucks are crossing multiple lane roadways.  Truck accident lawyer, George Patterson has also handled wrongful death claims arising from serious truck accidents.

Protect Yourself

Winning in Court is no Accident

Early in George Patterson’s career, a national trucking company hired him to represent the company after a serious truck accident with multiple deaths.  The truck accident occurred when the driver crashed into multiple cars stopped on a highway.  Weather reports confirmed that there was fog in the area before the accident.  An exhaustive review of the driver’s logs and corresponding records followed.  Mr. Patterson has experience meeting with truck drivers immediately after serious accidents and sometimes on location.  These meetings were done to identify and preserve critical evidence.  Trucking companies hire lawyers immediately after serious accidents as a way to shield the lawyer’s work through attorney-client and attorney work-product privileges.  Unless your lawyer knows what evidence to look for, preserve and obtain, it is unlikely that the trucking company will voluntarily disclose and/or preserve critical evidence.

Call 301-888-4878 to schedule a free truck accident consultation with a Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyer and a Board Certified Truck Accident and Civil Trial Attorney.  Patterson Law has offices in Annapolis and Bowie.

Large commercial trucks have blind spots on the passenger and driver's side of their cabs.  If mirrors are improperly adjusted a truck driver can’t see a car driving next to their truck. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act regulations require truck driver's to monitor traffic that may enter their blind spots.

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A personal injury client.

Truck drivers that are at risk for losing their jobs due to a driving error often fail to take responsibility. The failure to take responsibility invariably leads a wrongfully injured person’s claim being denied.

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The Annapolis truck accident lawyers at Patterson Law serve clients in Anne Arundel County and through out Maryland.  Their offices are located in Annapolis and Bowie, Maryland.  Our offices are located by the Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Annapolis Town Center. 

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If you have been involved in a truck accident, please contact truck accident lawyer George Patterson to schedule a free consultation. It is critical to retain a lawyer shortly after a truck accident so that a request for the trucking records to be preserved is issued. George and Maria Patterson may be reached at 301-888-4878 to discuss your truck accident case. The truck accident lawyers at Patterson Law should be contacted as soon as possible so that evidence and documents are preserved.  The Annapolis office is located in the Patterson Law building at 1 Willow Street, Annapolis, Maryland.  The Bowie office is located in the Omni Medical building, 4000 Mitchellville Road, Suite A202, Bowie, Maryland. 

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