Trucking accidents are a significant concern in Maryland as they are throughout the United States. With over 3.5 million heavy-duty trucks traveling on the nation's highways, the potential of severe accidents is always present. There were over 3,000 trucking accidents in Maryland in 2020, resulting in over 1,000 injuries and nearly 100 deaths.
One of the primary causes of trucking accidents in Maryland is driver fatigue. Truck drivers often work long hours and drive for extended periods of time without rest, which can result in drowsiness, decreased reaction time, and an increased risk of accidents. In order to combat this issue, federal regulations set limits on the number of hours a truck driver can work and mandate regular rest breaks. However, some trucking companies continue to push their drivers to work beyond these limits, putting everyone on the road at risk.
Another cause of trucking accidents in Maryland is poorly maintained vehicles. Heavy-duty trucks undergo a significant amount of wear and tear, and regular maintenance is essential to ensure they are functioning properly. Unfortunately, some trucking companies cut corners on maintenance in order to save money, putting their drivers and other motorists at risk. To combat this issue, Maryland has implemented a number of regulations requiring trucking companies to inspect and maintain their vehicles regularly.
Improperly loaded cargo is also a common cause of trucking accidents in Maryland. When a truck is loaded improperly, it can shift and cause the vehicle to tip over or even become uncontrollable. Trucking companies must take great care when loading their trucks to ensure that the weight is evenly distributed and that the load is adequately secured. In Maryland, there are regulations in place to enforce these standards, but enforcement can be lax, and many trucking companies continue to ignore these rules.
Sussman & Simcox has handled many tractor trailer accidents. These are often complicated cases that ought NOT to be handled by an injured motorist without experienced legal representation. Physical evidence from the roadway can quickly disappear, driver and electronic operational data can be discarded or overwritten, and witnesses vanish. If you or a family member were recently involved in a traffic collision with a tractor trailer, time is not on your side. Call Sussman & Simcox for a free initial consultation.