Anyone knows that a car accident can happen in the blink of an eye. While many accidents are fortunately very minor, other accidents are not. However, when there is a large truck involved the inverse is true, and most accidents involving a commercial vehicle will result in thousands of dollars of property damage and can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal injuries.
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Common Causes of accidents on Interstate 170 in Maryland
Interstate 170 is a relatively small freeway in Maryland, that is located in Baltimore. While this road may only be a few miles long, because it is an auxiliary route of route 70 it is frequently used by thousands of motorists every day. This includes trucks and other large commercial vehicles which overwhelmingly are involved in accidents on the road.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a report in 2010 that highlighted that nearly 1.4 percent of all fatal truck accidents were the result of truck driver fatigue. Truck driver fatigue in addition to this report showcase the reason why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted legislation in 2011 called the “hours of service” which were enacted in an effort to keep drivers from driving for excessive periods of time and to encourage drivers to get more rest. Some organizations equate driving while fatigued to driving while under the influence, and several notable organizations have noted that fatigue and inebriation result in many similar characteristics.
In addition to fatigued driving, one of the next leading causes of fatal and serious truck accidents is due to drivers who take illegal substances. Unfortunately, driver fatigue and substance abuse are often interconnected as many drivers will turn to illegal substances to be alert behind the wheel. Studies indicate that drug abuse is a significant cause of large truck accidents and by some accounts nearly 35 percent of all truck drivers who die in truck accidents test positive for cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, or other stimulants.
When you are sharing the road with a vehicle that weighs several thousand pounds more than your vehicle you would hope that the truck next to you has the best possible parts and is in proper working order. However, all too often drivers and companies will avoid keeping their vehicles off the road in the name of making sure a delivery time and appointment is met.
If you have been the victim of a truck accident then there is a high probability that you will sustain injuries or damages. If you find yourself in this situation it is crucial to contact an attorney immediately who will be able to help you fight the large trucking companies that will attempt to deny their drivers were the reason behind an accident.
Damages and Compensation for a Truck Accident on Interstate 170
If you have been in an accident on Interstate 170 in Maryland it can be difficult to determine how much compensation you might be entiltied unless you work closely with an experienced attorney. Fair compensation for your injuries and damages under Maryland law can be difficult to prove. While most accidents are brought under a theory of negligence, Maryland is in a small minority of states that provides that a negligent driver cannot recover from another negligent driver even one driver was overwhelmingly at causing the accident. This means that in an accident case between your car and a truck if the jury finds that you were even a small percentage negligent you will not be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Because of the harsh negligence laws in Maryland, it is important to consider how seriously you or your car was injured or damaged, how long you might suffer from your injuries, and if you will ever fully recover from your injuries.