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What to Know About Maryland Accidents Involving Big Trucks

Accidents involving a car and a large commercial truck are often more devastating than a collision between two passenger vehicles. Large trucks sometimes weigh as much as 25 times more than an average motor vehicle, which means even a minor accident can result in serious injuries or death.

Large trucks can be difficult to maneuver, especially on bad roads or when the weather conditions are less than ideal. This is why there are strict regulations regarding maintenance, vehicle condition, and how many hours truck drivers are allowed to drive before a break is required.

While large trucks may not account for the majority of accidents on Maryland roads, it is important to be extra cautious around them and take necessary steps to protect yourself in the event of an accident.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

There are a number of factors that can contribute to truck accidents. These include:

  • Driver Error: Driver error can encompass a variety of mistakes a truck driver can make, including distracted driving or driving while fatigued. With drivers spending a majority of their time on the road, they may be inclined to multi-task, making them distracted. They may try to push themselves beyond the number of hours they are allowed to drive, or stay on the road when they are extremely fatigued. Unsafe driving habits like speeding or following too closely can also be the cause of an accident.
  • Lack of Maintenance: Maintaining the rigs is an important part of the commercial trucking industry. The company and the driver are responsible for making sure the trucks are properly maintained and safe to operate. All maintenance checks need to be documented, and the trucking company could be held responsible in the event improper maintenance is found to be the cause of the accident.
  • Equipment Failure: You may have a claim against a manufacturer in addition to the trucking company in the case of equipment failure. A tire blowout that can be linked to a defective tire could place the manufacturer on the hook for the accident.
  • Overloading: If a driver or the company overload the truck with too much cargo, it can have a huge impact on how the truck handles. There are regulations on how much weight a commercial truck should be carrying. It could cause the truck to jackknife or blow out a tire.
  • Road Conditions and/or Weather: Truck drivers sometimes end up on unfamiliar roads, and some of these are not ideal for large trucks. Potholes and unpaved roads can present their share of challenges. If they encounter road work, a truck driver may attempt to pass it on the shoulder, which could become hazardous. Weather can also play a role in truck accidents, especially poor conditions like snow or sleet.

Retaining a Maryland Truck Accident Attorney

If you have been in an accident with a large commercial truck, you need a skilled Maryland truck accident attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Robert R. Castro at 301-870-1200 today to schedule a consultation.

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