The Law Offices of Markey & Orsi

Forest Hill, MD

Towson, MD

410-583-0755

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Auto Accidents

The Law Offices of Markey & Orsi helps motor vehicle accident victims recover the money they need to pay their bills, cover their property damage and begin to move forward with their lives. Our attorneys have represented numerous clients in car, truck and motorcycle collision cases as well as drunken driving crashes and obtained substantial settlements on their behalf. We are prepared to provide you the same thorough investigation and vigorous representation as our most successful clients. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today.

Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents are typically more complex than car crashes. These cases involve the trucker, the trucker's employer and the trucking company's lawyers as well as local, state and federal traffic laws. The Law Offices of Markey & Orsi represents those injured by big-rig collisions throughout the country.

 

One of the biggest issues in commercial truck and 18-wheeler accidents is proving liability. Many circumstances can cause a truck accident:

Unfortunately, car accidents are a fact of life in Maryland. Baltimore is consistently ranked in the top ten most dangerous cities to drive in, and in 2010, it reached number two, according to the Sixth Annual Allstate America's Best Driver Report. This study ranks all major cities in driver safety based on rates of reported accident claims, and Baltimore is surpassed only by our neighbor, Washington, D.C.

 

Our attorneys have a history of helping accident victims recover the compensation they need to move on. If you have been injured due to another person's negligence or recklessness behind the wheel, contact us. We help car accident victims win justice and compensation for these all-too-common events.

  • Auto accidents

  • Trucking accidents

  • Motorcycle accidents

  • Drunk driving collisions

  • Pedestrian accidents

  • Aggressive driving collisions

  • Wrongful death

Several of these factors can be attributed to trucking companies violating federal traffic laws. Our experienced lawyers know the law and examine your case to determine the best possible way to proceed, whether that is negotiating a settlement or going to court, or handling the case in Maryland courts or in another state entirely. Contact the firm for effective representation in trucking accident claims.

  • Driver error

  • Driver fatigue

  • Unsecured loads

  • Drugs and alcohol

  • Poorly maintained safety measures — lights, reflectors and warning signals

  • Brakes in need of repair

  • Violations of FMCSA regulations

  • Failure to properly train drivers

The Law Offices of

Markey & Orsi

 

Towson Office

Baltimore County

1426 E. Joppa Road

Towson, MD 21286

P: 410-583-0755

F: 410-583-0757

Toll-Free: 800-927-0239

 

Harford County Office

Harford County

2304 Rock Spring Road

Forest Hill, MD 21050

F: 410-583-0757

Toll-Free: 800-927-0239

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Our Auto Accident Law Firm  Supports a Full Range of Commercial Motor Vehicle and Truck Accident Cases in Baltimore, Towson and throughout Maryland and Surrounding States

Leveling the playing field for injured victims of complex truck accidents in MD and across the United States

Trucking accidents typically cause severe injuries, but victims face unique challenges when pursuing compensation against powerful commercial carriers, that typically employ a team of legal experts to fight these claims. While most truck drivers follow the rules of the road and are safe drivers, accidents usually occur because a driver failed to follow traffic laws orthe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), or the driver was not properly trained and supervised. At the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi, our attorneys understand the state and federal laws governing commercial carriers, drivers and brokers, and we know how to conduct the detailed investigations needed to protect the rights of our injured clients.

The most common types of truck accidents can have devastating results for injury victims

Whether the vehicle is at tractor-trailer (18 wheeler), a semi, a bus, a dumptruck, a flatbed, a tanker or any Regardless of the type of commercial truck vehicle involved, a collision with a smaller vehicle typically results in severe injuries to the car’s passengers, even when the truck driver walks away without injury. It has been estimated that 10% of victims involved in large truck collisions do not survive. Our Maryland truck accident attorneys have more than two decades of experience protecting the rights of individuals injured in all types of accidents, including the following:

  • Head-on collisions can result in the most severe injuries and deaths  to passengers in smaller vehicles because of the weight of the truck, up to 80,000 pounds, combined with the fact that both vehicles are moving in opposite directions when they collide.

  • Rollover crashes often occur due to equipment malfunction, sometimes caused by the trucking company’ failure to follow the strict federal inspection regulations and the additional rules in the Maryland Motor Carrier Handbook .

  • Jackknife accidents involve the trailer swinging independently of the cab with both sections of the tractor-trailer moving in different directions. Nearby drivers can suddenly face a massive obstruction impossible to avoid. Improper braking or road handling on the part of inexperienced truck drivers can cause these accidents, but semi-trucks can also jackknife when loading crews fail to properly balance and secure the load before the truck leaves the dock.

  • Agressive Drivers are nothing more than drivers of 80,000 pound killing machines on the highway. Everyone that drives on our nation’s highways have experienced aggressive drivers. Although aggressive drivers of any vehicle are a danger to the  community, when the vehicle is 10,000 to 80,000 pounds, with significantly longer stopping distance, the carnage that can be caused by an accident is huge. Most trucks on the road today contain an Event Data Recorder ( also known as a “black box”) which records the speed of the commercial vehicle in the seconds before impact. Trucking companies and insurance companies know the black box data can verify the speed of the tractor just before the collision. Immediately after the collision it is important to tell the trucking company and insurance company to preserve the data or it will be erased or destroyed. We call this a  spoiliation letter. Unfortunately, even the police investigating accidents don’t know to preserve the black box data. However, if the data is erased or destroyer after a spoiliation letter is sent, in court we can tell the jury the data was spoiled by the defense to hide evidence of fault.

  • Fatigued Drivers can be as dangerious as aggressive drivers. The FMCSR have strict rules on hours of operation (the number of hours a driver can be on the road and how much sleep/off time is required). Many companies pay drivers per mile so there is a built in incentive to drive all day and night. While driver logs are supposed to document hours of operation, toll, fuel and food receipts, weight and inspection tickets, delivery and pickup tickets are some of the ways we  verify the accuracy of a log book. At the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi we know how to uncover the true hours of operation.

  • Underride accidents may appear to automatically be the fault of the motorist who drives underneath the trailer of a big rig. However, semi-tractor trailers must be equipped with underride prevention devices that prevent vehicles from passing under them. In many cases, when a car’s driver cannot avoid a sudden action by a truck driver, a collision into an underride prevention device can help prevent more serious injuries caused by driving under a truck.

  • Override accidents have the same net effects as underrides, except this type of accident is caused by a truck driver who does not see a smaller vehicle and rides right over it. Trucks may lack the basic equipment needed to increase their lines of vision or drivers may fail to use the equipment responsibly.

Identifying liability for truck accidents requires thorough investigation

Truck accidents are significantly more complex than typical auto accidents . In an accident with a garbage truck, a dump truck, a tractor trailer, a tanker or even an emergency vehicle, fault can involve negligence by any of the following parties:

  • Drivers

  • Individuals who load the trucks

  • The parties responsible for inspecting the trucks

  • Internal or external repair personnel

  • Trucking company management personnel who set the schedules, and policies or provide training

  • The carrier or person responsible for loading the trailer

  • The Broker that hires the carrier or trucking company

  • The company responsible for hiring, background checks and supervising drivers

Each Maryland truck accident lawyer at our firm conducts thorough investigations to uncover all parties who may share liability for your accident. When needed, we engage assistance from skilled investigators and trucking experts who look into all evidence — including the damaged vehicles, the accident scene, police accident reports, truck black boxes and trucking company records that can help identify regulatory failures.

 

Whether Your accident happened in Maryland or anywhere in the United States, let our lawyers lead the investigation and trial team to compensate for your loses. Employ convenience, skill and compassionate legal counsel at your service.

 

Serving all of Maryland and handling truck accident cases nationwide, the Towson-based Law Offices of Markey & Orsi. has the experience and ability to help you obtain the compensation, justice and peace of mind you deserve. Please call our firm at [410-583-0755 or 800-927-0239ln::phone], or contact us online at www.markeylawfirm.com to schedule a free initial consultation. We look forward to helping you with your case. 

Our Skilled Maryland Attorneys Conduct Thorough Investigations to Identify the Causes of Truck Accidents

A trucking accident law firm with the skills and resources to help uncover and prove fault

Few types of motor vehicle collisions are as complex and potentially deadly as those involving a large truck and a small passenger vehicle. Each truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi in Towson, Maryland, understands the details that go into these often-tragic accidents — and the importance of quickly identifying and preserving evidence to prove proving all factors that contribute to the cause of the accident and to make sure you are compensated for your  severe injuries. of our clients.

 

As recently as 2009, individuals injured in large truck crashes accounted for three percent of motor vehicle crash injuries. Not Ssurprisingly, large truck accident fatalities comprised 10 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities. Those truck accident victims that are lucky enough to survive ofter have a lifetime of problems from their injuries.If you If you  or a loved one sustains serious injuries or a loved one dies in wrongful death  in a Maryland trucking accident, you should turn to a law firm with the skills, resources and dedication needed to identify all at-fault parties and hold them accountable for the compensation you deserve. You can count on our firm’s more than 230 years of experience for the help you need.

Identifying the primary cause is vital in proving liability

Knowing the causes of a truck accident is an essential first step toward developing the evidence needed for an effective legal case. The following are some of the most common causes of truck crashes:

 

  • Driver error. In a highly detailed study focused on finding the primary single action representing the causes of truck accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  (NHTSA) found that trucks driving too fast for conditions were the cause of 58 percent of accidents, with 65 percent of large trucks speeding. Other driver negligence, such as tailgating and distractions from cell phones, including talking with dispatch operators, drive fatigue, sleep apnea, drug or alcohol abuse and aggressive driving can also lead to disaster.

  • Cargo issues. Any cargo can cause the trailer to shift. Although it is difficult to control liquid freight, the failure to balance and secure solid goods can cause trucks to jackknife. Additionally, any type of open truck can send items careening in front of motorists, providing them little time to react. Inproper truck loading or  securment can lead to loads shifting during transit can cause the load to fall off the truc or the driver to lose control, Although a driver has a duty to inspect his load before starting his trip and during transit,  it is not always possible for the driver  to inspect when the truck was loaded by the shipper  the load is sealed. Under these circumstances the truck driver may lose control during transit or the driver  dock workers that try to open the doors or unload may be injured because of the  negligent securement. At the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi we have experience in  investigations to determine  the responsible party or parties for load securment.  

  • Roadway design and maintenance. A roadway easy for a small vehicle to navigate can cause issues for truckers. In addition to poor lighting that can reduce the driver’s reaction time, sharp curves and narrow lanes are difficult for a massive vehicle with one or more trailers to control, especially with an inexperienced driver at the helm.

  • Equipment failure. Blown tires and brake failures are two common examples of issues that might be avoided with proper vehicle inspections prior to a run, combined with a regular maintenance schedule.

  • Broker and Employer Liablity.  Under the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations a company employing a driver, whether as an employee or as an independent contractor, has a duty to make sure the driver hauling its loads is properly trained, drug free and physically and mentally fit to drive. When  a driver has not been properly drug tested or been cleared by a doctor as fit to drive, the employing carrier is responsible for accidents caused by the unfit driver. A carrier is also responsible to perform background checks including calling former trucking  employers. A former employer that is not truthful about one of its former drivers can also be held liable for  an unfit driver. Therefore a carrier can not argue that checking references would not have revealed the unfit driver. This liability can extend to a broker that hires a carrier without proper background checks or fails to carry  insurance.

A single party is seldom at fault

Our Maryland truck accident attorneys recognize that identifying the causes of truck accidents  is only the first step in a detailed investigation. Even in cases of driver error, the fault may also lie with trucker management who set unrealistic schedules for delivery, the dispatcher that was aware the driver was violating the hour of operation limits, the shipper or broker that did not verify the fitness of the driver, or the carrier/shipper that failer to train and supervise the driver. . Issues pertaining to cargo loading and equipment safety may point to someone at the company as well. If the truck or trailer can not be seen  because of old, worn or missing reflector tape or  missing lights, the driver, truck/trailer owner, carrier, shipper and  broker may all be on the hook. If a driver loses control after hitting a large pothole that cannot be seen due to poor roadway lighting, a municipality may have a significant degree of fault. Our lawyers work with often turn to our network of highly skilled accident investigators to uncover all responsible parties for trucking crashes in Maryland or anywhere in the United States

Multiple venues to bring suit.

Just because an accident ocurrs in Maryland, it does not mean a lawsuit should be brought in Maryland Courts. Many commercial vehicle accidents and the majority of 18 wheeler accidents involve multiple jurisdictions. The driver may reside in  one state, the carrier he or she is driving may have its headquarters in another state or multiple states and the same for the shipper, broker, loader, etc. Therefore, the Plaintiff may have options on where to file suit. Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations apply to all interstate trucking operations, state laws will also apply in most cases. State laws on the statute of limitations, contributory negligence vs comparative negligence, caps on damages, whether violating a law id per se negligence and many other issues may determine the best venue to file suit. When appropriate to file in another state, our lawyers are able to be specially admitted to that State or Federal Court. and have a network of attorneys across the United States  that they can work with as local counsel to make sure your case is filed in the most favorable jurisdiction.

 

Consult with our firm for convenience, skill and compassionate legal counsel.

 

Serving truck wreck victims throughout Maryland and nationwide, the Towson-based Law Offices of Markey & Orsi has the experience and ability to help you obtain the compensation, justice and peace of mind you deserve. Please call our firm at [ln::phone], or contact us online  to schedule a free initial appointment. We look forward to helping you with your case. 

 

Experienced Maryland Auto Accident Lawyers Protect the Rights of Injury Victims

The skills and dedication needed to unravel the details behind the most complex collisions on the road

The Law Offices of Markey & Orsi helps motor vehicle accident victims recover the money they need to pay their bills, repair their property damage and begin to move forward with their lives. Our experienced attorneys are prepared to provide you the same thorough investigation and vigorous representation as we have provided for our most successful clients since we opened our firm in 1990.

 

Unfortunately, car accidents are a fact of life in Maryland. According to the most recent data available from the Maryland Department of Transportation , 34,866 crashes resulted in injuries in 2009, and another 580 were fatal. Our attorneys have a history of helping numerous accident victims and their loved ones recover the compensation they need to move on. If you have been injured due to another person's negligence or recklessness behind the wheel, you can count on us to help you win justice and compensation for these all-too-common events.

 

The support you need for a variety of motor vehicle accidents

Every type of motor vehicle collision has a unique set of concerns that we address to help ensure injury victims pursue the full compensation they deserve. Our Maryland personal injury law firm has more than two decades of experience obtaining impressive settlements  and verdicts for clients injured in auto accidents, including the following:

 

  • Trucking accidents. Just as a passenger car is no match against a heavy truck on the road, a victim of a truck crash  is no match against a powerful trucking company and its legal team. Often the trucker, the shipper or carrier or their insurance company will hide, or even worse, destroy important evidence needed to prove fault. Unfortunately over worked or under-trained police do not always secure necessary evidence or perform a proper investigation. Each lawyer at our firm knows how to level the playing field  by thoughly investigating and securing evidence to help ensure you pursue the full compensation you deserve.

  • Motorcycle accidents. The joys of a bike ride on the open road can quickly turn to tragedy when a rider is involved in a motorcycle crash . Even when you wear protective gear, your vehicle provides no protection against serious injuries. We find that most motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcyclist. Unfortunately, serious injuries or death are ofter the result of carelessness of other drivers on the road.  Each attorney at the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi conducts a thorough investigation into the accident causes and assesses the full past, current and future anticipated expenses for your claim.

  • Drunk driving collisions. Individuals injured in drunk driving collisions  face special legal challenges. While you have the right to pursue the compensation you need to pay for your injuries, your case can be complicated by a criminal case against the drunk driver that can take precedence over your personal injury claim.If the druck driver admits fault, a court may not allow you to tell the jury the driver was drunk. However, if the fact that the driver was drunk or under the influence of drugs cause additional emotional injury to the victim, with the proper phychological evaluations the fact that the driver was under the influence becomes relevant again.  We have the skills and experience to help coordinate the legal complications to help you avoid out-of-pocket expenses related to your injuries.

 

Whether you suffer serious injuries, or you are a grieving family member who needs to pursue a wrongful death  claim after the needless loss of your loved one, we provide compassionate, comprehensive support. Each auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi takes care of the details so you can focus on the next steps for you and your family.

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Serving auto crash victims in Maryland and througout the country, the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi has the experience and ability to help you obtain the compensation, justice and peace of mind you deserve. Please call our firm or contact us online  to schedule a free first consultation. We look forward to helping you with your case.

Towson Injury Law Firm Explains What to Do After a Car Accident in Maryland

Our skilled motor vehicle accident attorneys work with you to develop an effective claim

Each auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Stephen A. Markey, III, P.C. is dedicated to providing a full range of services and support after a collision. However, you have certain responsibilities immediately following the accident. As a licensed driver, you need to know how to handle the vital moments after a crash to meet legal requirements, assist others as needed, preserve evidence and protect your rights to file a claim.

Do not admit fault

You need to talk to other motorists and police to conduct business after a collision. However, you do not have to admit any degree of fault. Keep all conversations brief, and keep in mind that you most likely do not have a clear idea of the accident details during the post-collision stress and confusion.

When to call the police

Regardless of the severity of an accident, you should call police to obtain an accident report that will be needed for an insurance claim or any other type of legal action. However, according to the Maryland Driver’s Manual , you are required by law to call the police in the following situations:

  • Someone was injured, whether it was a relatively minor or a fatal injury

  • A vehicle cannot be moved

  • A driver seems to be under the influence, cannot produce a driver’s license or tries to leave the scene prematurely

  • Public property was damaged

  • A domestic animal has been struck and injured

Of course, if you suffer a severe auto accident injury  that requires immediate medical attention, you may need to call 911 for emergency medical attention. However, if you can remain at the scene and keep an emergency kit in your glove compartment, you might be able to offer some non-emergency medical support to others until help arrives.

 

An information exchange is essential

You need to exchange driver’s licenses, insurance and contact information with all parties directly involved in the accident. Make sure you record all numbers and effective dates, as well as contact information for insurance agents. Do not forget to obtain contact information from witnesses, as well. Our Maryland auto accident lawyers may need to contact them during an investigation into the collision.

Know the evidence that can help us assess your claim

When you bring information and evidence to your free initial consultation, you provide your car accident lawyer with the best possible ability to accurately assess your legal options and the value of your claim. Before you leave the scene of the accident, try to capture pictures of all damaged vehicles, their relative positions after the collision, if possible, the road conditions and even injuries.

 

Even a few hours after the accident, you may begin to recollect important details about the accident. Take the time to write down what happened before, during and after the collision — including any statements you overheard from others at the accident scene.

 

Finally, before you come to our offices, it may be helpful to bring a copy of your auto insurance policy. Even if you plan to pursue compensation from other negligent drivers, the coverage information can be helpful.

Supporting motor vehicle accident victims throughout Maryland and across the United States, the a Law Offices of Stephen A. Markey, III, P.C. has the experience and ability to help you obtain the compensation, justice and peace of mind you deserve. Please call the firm at [ln::phone], or contact us online  to schedule a free, no-risk initial consultation. We look forward to helping you with your case.

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