Most Maryland residents probably figure that if a truck driver, through carelessness, causes a truck accident, then the driver is liable to pay compensation to victims. Sometimes, however, it is to a victim's advantage to also sue other parties who may be responsible for the driver's negligence as well. This gives a victim additional options for pursuing compensation and can serve as a way to assure that the victim will get the compensation needed to recover from injuries and move on with life.
A recent post here discussed how important it can be for a Maryland truck accident victim to be able to demonstrate that, at the time of the truck accident, the driver of the semi was operating in violation of an important safety regulation or law that, had it been followed, might have prevented the accident. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to tell whether a truck driver was following the law at the time of an accident. A truck driver is rarely going to come out and admit that he or she broke the law, especially right after an injury accident. In some cases, a driver and his or her trucking company may actively try to cover up the truth or, at least, make it harder for the victim to discern it easily.
This blog has on previous occasions discussed how truck drivers in Maryland are often subject to federal regulations and laws which cover truckers who haul property over state lines.
Although any vehicle can skid so the front of the vehicle is traveling in a different direction than the back, when this happens to a truck, the result can be disastrous.
A previous post on this blog talked about the significant threat distracted driving poses to Marylanders who commute and otherwise travel on this state's roads. This is threat is especially pronounced when a distracted driver is operating a large commercial vehicle.
Truck drivers transport goods across the country which may require long and monotonous hours on the road. Truck driver fatigue, drowsiness and inattentiveness can be serious concerns on the roadway. Truck driver fatigue can be especially hazardous because of the size of commercial trucks compared to the vehicles they share the roadways with. To help improve safety, the United State Department of Transportation regulates truck drivers and the number of hours they can be behind the wheel without a break.
Truck accidents can result in serious injuries and death to victims. As a result, truck driver fatigue, which may lead to truck accidents, can be a serious concern on the roadways. It is important for truck drivers and truck companies to avoid truck driver fatigue and a few tips to help avoid it may be useful for truck drivers to consider. Truck driver fatigue, as well as other driver conditions and circumstances, may be considered negligence if it leads to a truck accident.
One of the dangers on the roads we might take for granted are trucks. When we experience bad weather, we will proceed with caution. If we are near a road construction zone, signs and cones give us clear warnings. And if we see an animal or object on the road, we instinctively act to avoid it and prevent an accident. But each of these situations is relatively uncommon.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released the results of a study that researched the causes of commercial truck crashes. The study reviewed crashes from 2001 to 2003 involving trucks that were 10,000 pounds and larger. This post will go over the results of the finding and how you can protect yourself.
Commercial trucks can be huge in size compared to other automobiles, specifically 18-wheelers. Due to their enormous size, commercial truck accidents are treated differently than accidents involving other vehicles. Due to the large size of the trucks, the after-effects of a truck crash can be devastating.