What Are The Common Causes Of Trucking Accidents In Maryland?
Common causes of truck accidents in Maryland are driver error, speeding, following too close, improper turns and lane changes. Another common factor, unique to commercial transportation, is the pressure trucking companies put on their drivers to meet delivery deadlines. Truckers must drive from destination to destination for long periods of time. The monotony of the road and driving for extended periods often lead to fatigue and inattention. Although there are Federal laws and regulations mandating sleep and break periods drivers still deal with demanding schedules. To stay awake and to deal with stress, some resort to legal and illegal drugs as well as alcohol. These mind-altering substances can contribute to errors in driver judgment which lead to accidents. Other common causes of trucking accidents can be mechanical issues such as faulty brakes or tires and the improper placement or loading of cargo.
What Are Some Of The Severe Injuries You See Resulting In Accidents Involving Semi-Trucks Or Other Large Commercial Vehicles Across Maryland?
Truck accidents are more than twice as likely to cause fatalities than car accidents. In those unfortunate situations the victim's family will have a wrongful death claim for the loss of their loved one. Short of death, trucking accidents frequently causes severe lacerations, head and chest injuries, broken or lost limbs and abdominal injuries.
Who Is Liable For My Injuries Suffered From A Commercial Vehicle/ Trucking Accident That Occurred In Maryland?
A commercial trucking accident typically involves several potentially liable parties. A driver can be held responsible for his or her own negligent actions. The trucking company that actually hired the driver may be responsible under the legal concept of respondeat superior which holds that a party is responsible for the acts of its agents. The company may additionally be held liable for the negligent hiring and training of the driver or for or other actions or inactions of theirs which violate federal and state laws. In addition, there are some situations where a separate cargo company can be determined responsible for a cargo shift or other problems specific to the cargo that contributed to an accident. An experienced attorney will conduct an investigation to ensure that all of the appropriate parties are determined and named in a trucking accident claim.
I Was Hit By A Semi-Truck In Maryland. The Trucking Company Is Based In Another State. Is This Going To Make Filing A Personal Injury Claim More Complicated?
Generally speaking, your trucking accident claim will not be more complicated if the company is based out of state. Because the accident happened in Maryland courts here will most likely have jurisdiction over the parties. This means that any trial would be here in Maryland and that most pre-trial development would also take place here.
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