Truck Accidents & Results

Prince George's County Truck Accident Lawyers

Injured in a Lane Change Truck Accident?

Changing lanes in a truck with large blind spots requires adherence to safety rules and practices. Commercial trucks are heavily regulated. Most of the regulations are safety rules and this includes space management and awareness.  Truck drivers are supposed to monitor traffic that may drive into or fall back into a blind spot.  This required constant monitoring of the space around a truck is meant to prevent unsafe lane change truck accidents. If you were injured in a truck accident an investigation should be done to determine if a safety rule violation was the cause of the accident.

Truck Accident Assistance

Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers

George Patterson is a Board Certified Truck Accident Attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an Advocate member of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys and a Top 10 Trucking Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers.   These recognitions reflect Mr. Patterson’s deep commitment to knowing all the applicable laws, regulations and standards to help victims of truck accidents.  If you are looking to retain a truck accident lawyer please review the questions that you should ask a truck accident lawyer.

Patterson Law has two offices located along Route 50.  The Bowie office is located near the interchange of Route 50 and 301 in Prince George’s County. The beltway, Route 50 and Route 301 are the busiest roadways with the most commercial truck traffic and truck accidents in Prince George’s County. The highly rated Prince George’s County truck accident lawyers have litigated dozens of truck accident injury claims. Trucks are highly regulated because these large vehicles pose tremendous hazards to other motorists. Violations of these rules are often not readily apparent and the truck companies are unlikely to voluntarily admit to the violations. These violations are often the cause of serious truck accidents.

What to Expect

Successful Truck Accident Recoveries

A common safety rule for truck drivers is that they have to inspect and adjust their mirrors before driving. Mirrors positioned on the passenger side front corner of the hood of a truck are so that truck drivers can see cars that are driving next to the passenger side of their cabs. If the mirrors are not properly adjusted or not used a driver risks making a lane change into an unsuspecting motorist. Washington beltway truck accident lawyer, George Patterson recovered $55,000 on behalf of a client that was involved a lane change accident with a tractor trailer on the Washington beltway in Prince George’s County. George Patterson’s client from Waldorf failed to obtain a settlement offer until Mr. Patterson’s investigator was able to identify an independent witness from a photograph of the accident scene. The witness was not listed on the police report and he did not leave his name and information before leaving the scene of the truck accident. This independent witness indicated that the tractor trailer merged into the client’s travel lane causing the beltway truck accident. Lawyer George Patterson deposed the driver of the truck and obtained a concession from the driver that his client was in the truck’s blind spot at the time of the accident.

Commercial trucks have large blind spots that require drivers to be attentive to mirrors designed to correct these blind spots. Many car drivers are unaware of the location of blind spots on large trucks. There is a blind spot next to the cab of large trucks. The driver sits higher than the cars and if the truck driver fails to check his mirrors for a car in the blind spot or they are not properly adjusted he will miss a car directly next to his cab. Some trucks contain warnings that identify the location of blind spots to motorists. These warnings are usually for the blind spot directly behind the trailer of the truck. A truck driver that fails to make sure that his mirrors are properly positioned may be unable to see a car in a blind spot. A blind spot exits on the right side of the cab of most large trucks. Cars in this blind spot may only be seen by truck driver’s using the mirrors that are often seen near the front hood of the trucks. The lawyer for the truck company argued that the car driver made the unsafe lane change causing the truck accident. The lawyer abandoned this argument once the evidence of the blind spot and the independent witness was developed. Prince George’s County truck accident lawyer George Patterson has litigated over a hundred truck accident cases. Many of these truck accident cases have involved unsafe lane changes where a truck driver failed to check a blind spot.

Trucks are required to have lights and/or reflective material to make their trailers visible to approaching traffic to avoid vehicles running into the side of large trucks that are slowly crossing roads or turning left.

Proven Results

Truck Accident Victories

George Patterson has successfully litigated cases against trucks that were illegally parked, made improper turns, violated time in service requirements and failed to comply with trailer visibility requirements. The complex web of safety regulations provides an avenue to establish liability that may be missed by those with less familiarity with the regulations.

Mr. Patterson's compassion and competency are boundless. He kept me informed throughout the process and his work resulted in a more than satisfactory outcome for me. Mr. Patterson works with motivation; I firmly believe that his priority is to help those who need him. I would refer him to anyone who seeks legal advice.

D. L. D.

Truck Accident Client

Truck drivers involved in accidents can lose their jobs or suffer other consequences from their employers if they are found to be at fault for an accident. Accordingly truck drivers have a strong incentive to deny that they were responsible for an accident.

George Patterson, Prince George's County Truck Accident Lawyer

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Our Successes

Patterson Law takes pride with every client that recovers. Recovery is more than the settlements and verdicts obtained for our clients. Each and every one of these clients had been shepherded through a process where powerful insurance companies fought to defeat or minimize their claims. Each result represents a client’s dignity being affirmed.

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This designation is limited to trial lawyers that have obtained a settlement or verdict of at least two million dollars.

The Prince George's County truck accident lawyers at Patterson Law serve clients in Prince George's, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's and Baltimore Counties. Our clients are from Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Forestville, Prince Frederick, Leonardtown, Annapolis, Edgewater, Rockville, Mayo, Bethesda, Germantown, Olney, Beltsville, Deale, Bethesda, Severna Park, Largo, Landover, Oxon Hill, La Plata, Waldorf, Crofton, Columbia and Riverdale.

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If you have been injured due to an unsafe lane change truck accident please contact George Patterson to schedule a free consultation.  He offers free consultations in his Annapolis office as well at his law offices in Bowie, Maryland located near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 301 in the Omni Medical Building, 4000 Mitchellville Road, Suite A202, Bowie, Maryland. The Bowie truck accident lawyer offers free consultations at a person's home or at the hospital following a serious truck accident. Please call the Bowie unsafe lane change truck accident lawyer at 301-888-4878. Each case is different. Past records are no assurance that our lawyers will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case.

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