Known to local residents as the Jones Fall Expressway or the JFX this 10.2-mile road carries interstate 83 from downtown Baltimore to the northern suburbs. Truck accidents on this road are usually attributed to a driver who was at fault. The theory used in most accidents is one of negligence. Negligence in a truck accident means that the truck driver failed to act reasonably in the operation of his or her tractor-trailer. According to the law, a driver is required to drive in a way that is reasonably prudent, meaning that drivers must drive carefully. Anytime a driver deviates from their duty to drive prudently can result in them being deemed negligent.
Truck accidents are usually the result of several factors and forces that all come together in an instant. Drivers can be distracted, or over-worked, or may not know where they are going. Interstate 83 is a well-traveled road in Maryland and replaced the formed U.S. 111. This road runs from Baltimore northward to York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Why Do Accidents Happen on Interstate 83 in Maryland?
Recently, an overturned dump truck on the southbound lane of Interstate 83 near Exit 16 at Timonium Road blocked traffic for several hours. Firetrucks, police, and paramedics all responded to the scene to try and clean the road, tend to injuries, and open the road for traffic to pass. It took several hours for the truck to be moved to the shoulder of the road and no longer block traffic, during this time the traffic was diverted to less widely traveled roads, which can cause additional accidents.
Common Injuries from Accidents on Maryland Interstate 83
Anytime a driver is on the road they have a duty to drive as a reasonably prudent driver would, as discussed above, however, if they are involved in an accident it is the injured driver who has the responsibility of proving that the another driver was negligent. One of the key components to a personal injury case involving a truck is that the driver sustained some type of injury. Unfortunately, it is all too common that a driver sharing the road with a large truck will be injured. Here are the most common injuries that drivers sustain as a result of a truck accident include:
- Head and brain injuries – These injuries can cause concussions, traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, fractures, and lacerations. Because the brain is vitally important, any injury to the head and brain have the potential to be devastating and potentially fatal.
- Neck and back injuries – Every year it is estimated that nearly 1 million people throughout the country will sustain a neck injury, most commonly whiplash. In addition to whiplash herniated discs, spinal cord damage, and sprains are also fairly common, all of which can make it difficult to move and require lengthy rehabilitation.
- Soft tissue injuries – When any of the muscles, tendons, or ligaments in the body sustain rapid trauma they can be damaged, or torn resulting in severe pain and loss of mobility.
Understanding Negligence and Liability for I-83 Car Accidents
Most car accidents and truck accidents in are generally litigated under a theory of negligence. In its most simple form, if a person is negligent, it means that they failed to do something that they were required to do. The law provides a slightly more expanded definition of negligence. However, when people are involved in an accident they often point to the truck driver as being responsible for the accident because he or she acted with some form of negligence. There are many factors that can contribute to a tractor-trailer accident and commercial drivers, in general, must maintain a high level of concentration and focus when they are driving in order to avoid an accident. To get the compensation you need to recover, your attorney will need to prove that the truck driver of the trucking company was negligent and thus liable.
There are four elements to proving negligence:
Duty in a negligence claim must be a legal duty that one party owes to another, or in the case of a truck driver or any driver it would be the legal duty that they owe to the other drivers on the road. Each state, and Maryland has a set of traffic codes which all impose the legal duty that one driver owes to another driver. Additionally, this duty can also extend to the manufacturers and people who are loading the tractor trailers.
As noted above there are traffic codes, laws, and ordinances in every state. If a person breaches one of these laws this may be sufficient to prove that there was a breach of a legal duty.
You were harmed or injured as a result of the offender’s actions.
How to Recover Compensation for an Accident on I-83 in Maryland
Accidents of any sort can cost a lot of money. You may have to take your car into the shop to have it repaired, or you may have to purchase a new car altogether. In a truck accident or any accident involving motor vehicles, one of the most important factors to take into account is the nature of the injuries that the driver sustained because this will often determine how much the driver can recover. Maryland allows for two general types of damages economic, and non-economic.
Economic damages are those types of damages where it is easy to put a dollar amount that the injured victim has lost. One of the most common economic damages in a truck accident are for medical bills. Although economic damages can also include payments for lost wages, as well as for any ongoing care that is required. In addition to these types of economic damages, Maryland also allows for punitive damages. Punitive damages are granted to the injured party as a means of punishing a driver who has engaged in such dangerous and reckless driving practices that their actions warrant punishment.
Monetary damages that result from an accident can include damage to your car or even more serious, damage to you or other people in your car. These type of damages are generally designed and awarded to cover or reimburse, any present and future medical costs that you may incur as a result of your accident, lost wages and future loss of wages, which can be caused by missing work or sustaining an injury so severe that you are no longer able to work. There is no limit on the amount of money that can be awarded for economic damage.
In addition to economic damages, Maryland allows an injured driver to recover for non-economic damages. The law protects not only your body and your property but it also tries to protect your mental health and fortitude. These damages are often much harder to quantify as compared to economic damages but are meant to compensate an injured person for their past and future pain and suffering. In addition to pain and suffering, a person who has been injured in a truck accident can recover for such things as emotional trauma, loss of consortium – meaning the loss of companionship enjoyed between a married couple, as well as loss of function of a body part. However, non-economic damages are capped in Maryland and a person will not be able to recover more than $350,000 in these damage types.
These damages are designed to punish a driver or company for their wrongdoing. An at-fault driver may be responsible for paying punitive damages in instances where their behavior is considered intolerable. A classic example of when punitive damages may be awarded is when a driver has been drinking and driving. Every driver knows that they are not permitted to drink and drive, but when a person chooses to do so, they put themselves and everyone else at risk of injury,
Personal injury law has determined that the best way to compensate a person in the event that they have been injured is to award them an amount of money so that the person feels as if the accident never happened. While it is impossible to recover from certain unfortunate events, such as when death results, the law will attempt to provide as much relief as possible.
Contact Our Maryland Interstate 83 Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one was injured in a vehicle accident on Maryland’s Interstate 83, contact the attorneys at the Reiff Law Firm today for a free consultation about how to recover the compensation you deserve and hold liable parties responsible for your injuries. Speak with a lawyer now by calling (215) 709-6940.