Thursday, April 29, 2010

Accident Caused Truck to Hang Off Bridge: Possiblity of Workers' Compensation and Auto Accident Insurance Benefits

On April 16, 2010, there was a dangerous truck accident between two work vehicles. Early that Friday morning in the 1600 block of Pennington Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland a utility work vehicle and a tanker truck collided. The truck accident caused the tanker truck to go off the roadway. The drawbridge located at Ordinance Road and Pennington Road was temporarily closed. Both drivers suffered injuries and were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for evaluation.

A claim can be brought against the "at fault" party for property damages and bodily injuries. However, liability must be determined. If the facts of the accident are unclear then the assistance of an accident reconstructionist may be needed. An accident reconstructionist can help determine the cause of an accident.

However, if it is found that either or the drivers contributed to this collision then they may both be barred from any recovery under the rules of "contributory negligence." Contributory negligence is a popular defense that insurance companies use in order to deny claims. An experienced attorney would be able to help determine if this argument has merit.

Moreover, if the drivers were operating, these vehicles while working, they would be able to pursue a claim for Maryland workers' compensation benefits. Maryland workers' compensation benefits could assist them with loss of income, medical expenses as well as compensation for any permanent injury sustained as a result of this truck accident. Workers' Compensation benefits apply regardless of fault. In other words even the at fault driver in this truck accident could obtain such a recovery.

The Maryland accident attorneys at Portner & Shure have handled thousands of claims involving truck accidents as well as workers' compensation claims. For a free legal consultation or more information on car accidents or work related injuries, feel free to visit us for a free consultation.

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