When you are driving you are being bombarded with tons of information and whether you realize it or not you are making hundreds of decisions every minute. Even one factor can cause an accident. However, if there are numerous factors, the level of damage is even worse.
Common Reasons for Commercial Trucking Accidents
Highways and expressways provide a convenient way for people and goods to travel long distances across the nation.
Changing traffic conditions
Tractor-trailers are not as maneuverable as other vehicles and therefore whenever there are changing or irregular traffic patterns it can be difficult for a commercial driver to quickly adjust.
Mechanical issues with trucks are presupposed to be avoided through regular inspections and renovation. but, a few trucking agencies are less meticulous with ensuring that their automobiles are in sound situation. Problems with a truck considerably boom the probabilities of a lack of vehicle management.
Poor weather conditions
Weather can change in an instant and be unpredictable. When weather changes or there are poor weather conditions, the likelihood that there is going to be an accident increase.
Fatigued Truck driver
Truck drivers are notoriously overworked and under-rested. While there have been several laws passed that have been aimed at addressing tired drivers, some drivers do not follow these laws and regulations and drive well beyond the timeframe deemed safe.
Drunk or drugged truck driver
For any commercial driver who drinks alcohol , illegal drugs or certain prescription drugs before driving greatly increases the odds of an accident.
Types of Commercial Vehicles
There are several types of commercial vehicles that may be involved in an accident on any of the Baltimore County roads. As you will see, can range in size from small trucks that do not weigh much more than a standard car to massive vehicles that can pose a threat to any car that gets in their way.
- Light trucks – these types of vehicles are commonly pickup trucks or light vans. It is rare for these type of vehicles to have a gross vehicle weight or GVW of over 10,000.
- Medium trucks – usually these trucks will weigh anywhere from 10,0001 lbs. to 20,000 lbs. GVW.
- Heavy Trucks— Many trucks other than light trucks will fall into this category. The manufacturer usually refers to these trucks as “21⁄2 tons to “41⁄2 tons” and in some cases up to “5 tons. 20,001 lbs. to 45,000 lbs. GVW
- Extra Heavy Trucks – Many trucks in this category are either the very large dump trucks or the larger mix-in-transit trucks. The weight range of these vehicles will have a nominal rating of 41⁄2 tons and above.
- Extra Heavy Truck Tractors – The majority will be tractors fall . The type of tractor is either single rear axle or dual rear axle. If the GCW is over 45,000 lbs., it is classified under this category.
Who is Responsible for Baltimore County Truck Accidents?
Determining who is responsible for an accident is never an easy task because more often than not accidents are the result of several factors and multiple events that all came together to cause the accident. Therefore most accidents and those involving tractor-trailers commonly are rooted in a theory of negligence. Under Maryland law, a person has a right to recover for negligence by proving four elements: duty, breach, causation, and injury. First, there must be a duty or obligation to do something or to not do something according to the reasonable person standard.
Finally, there must be damage resulting to the interests of another. Damages can include medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of reputation, lost wages for the time spent away from work, and other types of losses.
Contact our Baltimore County Truck Accident Lawyers Today
Don’t face an accident on your own. Contacting an experienced attorney is the best way to ensure that your right to recover for the injuries and damages are protected. To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call the trucking accident attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940 or contact us online.