Truck and tractor-trailer accidents are unfortunately very common through the United States and on Interstate 81. While many accidents are minor many others are serious and result in serious property and personal injury and damage. While commercial drivers are required to carry insurance, it can often be very difficult if not impossible for a normal person to receive all of the compensation they may be entitled to. In addition, if you are considering filing a case then you should be aware that the law can be a very difficult road to navigate.
Why do Truck Accidents Happen on Interstate 81?
On November 18, 2015 a tractor-trailer that was transporting radioactive cleanings suits closed interstate 81 near Maugansville after the tractor overturned. Reporters and police believe that the accident was caused because the driver became distracted because of another accident on the road. The accident shut down both lanes of interstate 81 while crews determined if there had been any radioactive leaks or hazards.
Some of the events that led to tractor-trailer accidents include:
- Distracted driving – drivers face all sorts of distractions when they are driving. The accident that lead to Interstate 81 being shut down for several hours was a result of the driver becoming distracted by another accident on the road. Unfortunately, this is a common reason for accidents as drivers want to pay attention to what is on the side of the road and not what is in front of them.
- Loss of control of the truck – tractor-trailers are large vehicles that are not able to respond as quickly to sudden changes in the road or sudden changes in traffic patterns. When a driver has to make a sudden movement then they can lose control of their vehicle and cause an accident.
- Poor road conditions– road conditions can greatly impact and increase the chance that there is going to be an accident. Lighting, rain, fog, snow, ice, and even high winds can pose a problem for drivers.
In addition to the above reasons, tractor-trailer drivers on interstate 81 are involved in accidents for the following:
- Violation of Hours-of-Service (HOS);
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs;
- Failure to inspect the truck before driving;
- Failure to report necessary repairs or maintenance;
- Failure to stop or control the truck;
- Failure to use turn signals;
- Overloading the truck; and
- Improperly securing cargo.
- Driver fatigue
It only takes a second for an accident to happen. However, when they do they often result in serious injury and damage to people and their cars. Even if you are a careful driver you still run the risk of being in an accident every time you are on the road.
Truck Driver Negligence and Liability
When you are driving on the road you have a certain duty to other drivers to drive in a safe and reasonable manner, if you do not drive in a safe and reasonable manner then you may be held liable for any injuries you cause after an accident. Truck drivers are no different and may owe drivers and others the higher duty of care to drive like a trained professional. If truck drivers exceeds their work limits, or if they otherwise drive in a dangerous and hazardous manner which goes against the rules of the road, they may be considered negligent, and can consequently be held liable for the damages in a resulting accident. For a trucker to be considered negligent, it should be demonstrable that the trucker:
- Was obligated to take a reasonable degree of care on the road.
- Did not take such reasonable care, thereby breaching their professional duty.
- Consequently caused damages to the victim due to the breach of duty.
One driver or multiple drivers’ negligence is often the reason for an accident and is usually the basis for a lawsuit. However, in order to be successful in bringing a negligence claim you will need to prove each of the elements. It is important to work with an attorney who has experience working with these elements and collecting the evidence that you need to win your case. We work to gathering and collect evidence and seeking to prevent evidence from being destroyed, which can provide a clearer, look at what happened.
Interstate 81 in Maryland Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been in a commercial trucking accident on I-81 in Maryland, the truck accident attorneys of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team can fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss whether you are entitled to damages for your injuries call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.