If you find yourself in an accident with a large truck on Interstate 270 in Maryland you probably have a lot of questions, such as how am I going to repair my car, how am I going to pay for my medical bills, how will I provide for my family? Unfortunately, truck accidents are common and often result in serious injuries and property damage.
If you have been involved in a serious commercial truck accident with an 18 wheeler or other commercial truck, you may be entitled to damages. Commercial trucks’ large size and significant weight often mean that the injuries inflicted are significantly worse than those typically suffered in other accidents. The truck accident injury lawyers of Reiff Law Firm may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.
Common Causes of Accidents on Interstate 270 in Maryland
Drivers on Interstate 270 share the road with many large trucks and commercial vehicles. While it may be common to share the road with these massive vehicles, it does not imply that they do not pose a risk to drivers. This nearly 35-mile road cuts through the heart of both Montgomery and Frederick county and passes through many suburban areas around Rockville and Gaithersburg Maryland. In addition, Interstate 270 provides access to many biotech firms which means that passenger vehicles will be sharing their road with large trucks some of which can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Accidents are unfortunately common on-road such as Interstate 270, and below are some of the common reasons behind a trucking accident:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver substance abuse
- Poor truck maintenance
- Inadequate training and tight delivery schedules
- Inadequate stopping distance
- Quick change of lanes
- Blind spots
- Broken down cars
Truck drivers work long hours on the road and are often tasked with delivering packages and materials hundreds of miles in a single day. While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted laws in 2011 to combat drivers spending excessive hours on the road, driver fatigue is still one of the leading causes of truck accidents. By some accounts, fatigued drivers can lead to nearly 87 percent of all accidents when the driver was in error. Linked to driver fatigue is drivers who consume illegal substances and narcotics in an effort to stay awake. Of those drivers who are involved in major accidents nearly 33 percent of them also test positive for drug use such as cocaine, phencyclidine, methamphetamines, amphetamines, or other stimulants.
Commercial drivers and their companies have a duty per legislation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to undergo a series of inspections to ensure that all the parts of the nearly 80,000-pound vehicle are in working order. However, poor maintenance of brakes, tires, and hitches are frequently cited as the reason behind accidents.
Other than fatigue and using illegal substances, distracted drivers are another leading cause of accidents on the road. As evidence that distracted drivers are a problem for all motorists to consider that Maryland State Police issued 119 tickets for distracted driving on Interstate 270 in a single day.
In addition to these causes of truck accidents, unrealistic deadlines set by trucking companies, driver errors, and inexperienced and improperly trained drivers are all major causes of trucking accidents on Interstate 270.
Damages from an Accident on Interstate 270
Determining how much you may be entitled to receive following an accident on Interstate 270 can be very complex and depends on a variety of factors such as if there was any property damage, how seriously a person is injured, how long a person suffers from an injury, whether or not they recover fully, and who was at fault for the accident.
Maryland truck accident lawsuits are most commonly brought under negligence, which in simple terms is when one driver asserts that the other driver engaged in some careless behavior such as drinking and driving or driving while fatigued, and because of their carelessness they caused an accident. After proving that a truck driver was careless or negligent, an attorney will then turn to what things you can receive compensation for. Maryland allows for a variety of things you can receive compensation for including property damage, economic damages such as medical bills and loss of income, and noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.
Most drivers receive compensation from insurance coverage which all truck drivers are required to carry in Maryland. Insurance coverage in Maryland for truck drivers is much higher than for other automobile accidents and mandates that truck drivers and their companies carry $750,000 of insurance for bodily injury and truck accidents. Federal law also requires that trucking companies have the following minimum liability insurance:
- $750,000 for vehicles over 10,000 lbs carry non-hazardous freight;
- $1,000,000 for those having hazardous materials and oil; and
- $5,000,000 for trucks operating portable tanks, capacity over 3,500 gallons, passenger trucks.
However, determining what types of injuries you can recover monetary compensation for and what other damages you may be entitled to can be a difficult question that is based on the facts and circumstances of the accident.
CONTACT OUR TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS TODAY
To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call the law offices of Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000 or contact us online. If the statute of limitations expires, your window of legal opportunity will close and you won’t be able to pursue a claim