Drivers use Interstate 290 in Maryland every day as their means to get to work, their home, or to go shopping. Cutting across Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties, thousands of people use this road and share the road with trucks. While drivers are accustomed to sharing the road with these massive vehicles, it does not mean that they are immune from their dangers. Tractor-trailer accidents are fairly common and can result in massive property damage and devastating personal injuries.
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’s The Truck Accident Team 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 Truck Accidents on Interstate 290 in Maryland
The DOT did a detailed study called “The Large Truck Crash Causation Study” to analyze truck crashes occurring between 2001 and 2003. The events that led to crashes included:
- Loss of control of the truck after driving due to some event like a tire blowout
- Disabling or non-disabling vehicle failure – engine problem or hood flew up
- Another motor vehicle encroaching on the truck ‘s lane
- Poor road conditions due to poor road maintenance or weather
- Traveling too fast for road conditions
- Shifting cargo
- Lane drifting – either truck or passenger vehicle
- Driving off the edge of the road
- Improper truck maneuvering during events (turns and passing through intersections)
- Coming upon a stopped vehicle
- Finding objects on the highway
In addition, other common causes of accidents include:
- 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
Anyone who has taken a long trip on the road can tell you that it can be tiring to be behind the wheel for an extended period of time. Imagine if you had to do that every day as many truck drivers have to. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has noted that drivers who are on the road for more than 8 hours have nearly twice the risk of crashing their vehicle as compared to those who are driving for a shorter period of time.
Driver fatigue is a major problem on the roads, and when trucks were the main cause of an accident nearly 87 percent of them were due to driver fatigue.
Hand in hand with driver fatigue, however, is drivers who abuse substances to stay awake. According to research reports by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) substance abuse amongst truck drivers is one of the leading causes of truck accidents and drivers have reported and tested positive for cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, stimulants, and alcohol.
Poor vehicle maintenance is another leading cause of accidents on the road, per Federal regulations truck drivers and their companies have a duty to inspect and repair their vehicles before they are sent on the road. However, poor truck maintenance is a major factor behind many serious truck accidents. Some of the parts which require regular maintenance include:
- Headlights, brake lights and other reflective surfaces
- Fuel systems
- Coupling devices
- Heater systems
- Sleeper cars
- Power units
- Electrical components
- Gear shifters
No matter the reason behind an accident, truck accidents are some of the most devastating accidents on the road and often result in devastating injuries. If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a truck or other large commercial vehicle you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries.
How much can I receive from my accident on Interstate 290?
Not only are truck accidents common on the road, but when there is an accident there are almost invariably going to be a significant amount of damages. After an accident, most people want to know how much their accident case is worth and how much money they are entitled to. While it is impossible to give a solid number without knowing the facts and circumstances of your case, Maryland allows a driver involve in an accident to recover for property damage, personal injuries, and pain and suffering, which are respectively called economic and noneconomic damages.
It is almost guaranteed that if you are involved in an accident with a truck your car will be damaged, and in most cases severely damaged. Truck drivers insurance companies are required to pay for the repairs to your car or for the value of the car so that you can purchase another car.
Maryland law requires that a negligent truck driver to compensate the other driver for all of their person injuries which can include their medical care, physical therapy, assistive devices, and surgery. Maryland requires large commercial trucks to carry $750,000 of insurance for bodily injury and truck accidents.
Not only are damages to your car and body likely, but it is likely that the impact of an accident will affect you in the future. Maryland allows injured drivers to recover for their pain and suffering, mental anguish, and emotional trauma you may experience as a result of an accident.
However, it is essential to prove that the other driver was negligent in a truck accident case, and in addition, Maryland employs a very strict negligence standard. Maryland is only one of four states that will deny injured parties claim for compensation if they are in any way negligent themselves. This heavily criticized system provides that if you are involved in a truck accident and the truck driver was deemed 75 percent negligent, but you were deemed 25 percent negligent then you may not be able to recover for any of your injuries.
CONTACT OUR TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS TODAY
To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call the law offices of Reiff Law Firm Trucking 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.