Industrial trucking accidents can arise for a variety of reasons and because of a wide array of factors. However, in some cases, a single moment of a driver not paying attention can lead to an accident. There are many highways and roadways that connect Calvert County residents to the Maryland and Interstate Highway systems, which means that you are going to be sharing the road with many drivers of all types, including commercial vehicles. Some of the most common reasons for accidents involving tractor –trailers and other commercial vehicles include:
- Changing traffic conditions – It only takes a split second in stop-and-go traffic for an accident to happen, however, this is not the only traffic condition that can lead to accidents involving tractor-trailers, snow, rain, ice, and even high winds can cause changing traffic patterns which make it hard for drivers to adjust.
- Mechanical problems with the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) – Cars are complex pieces of machinery that require occasional maintenance. Often you hear people say that they need to get their car tuned up after 10,000 miles, however if you consider that a commercial driver drives their vehicle on average of 500 to 600 miles per day, it is easy to see how mechanical issues can arise.
- Poor weather conditions – Heavy rainfall, high winds, severe storms, ice, and snow all can make it particularly dangerous for anyone to be on the road, however, many commercial drivers do not have the luxury of pulling over on the side of the road and waiting for a storm to pass.
- Fatigued truck driver – Hours of service rules imposed by FMCSA limit the amount of time a truck driver can be on duty consecutively and sets other limits on his or her ability to drive. A fatigued driver is a hazard for all vehicles in the truck’s vicinity. Tired or exhausted drivers have slowed reaction times and can make poor decisions increasing the odds of a collision. While hours of service rules are supposed to minimize this risk, some drivers skirt or neglect this duty.
- Intoxicated driving – Alcohol, illegal drugs, and some prescription drugs can also lead to increased reaction times and poor decision-making. Driving under the influence significantly increases accident risk for all drivers.
- Inexperienced CDL driver — While training and behind the wheel experience is required for CDL drivers, operators who are new to the profession may still lack the confidence and poise to react appropriately in difficult situations or may misjudge the circumstances.
In many accidents, more than one factor combines to cause the wreck. The list above only covers some of the more common factors associated with serious vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, when these accidents do occur, they often cause serious injuries including broken bones, TBIs, and fatal injuries.
Who is responsible for a Tractor-Trailer Accident?
Truck accidents can cause severe property damage and even more severe personal injury. If you have been injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer you may have sustained a great deal of financial burden in addition to your injuries. However, filing a lawsuit can be a complicated process. Most auto accidents are filed under the theory of negligence – meaning that one or more drivers breached a duty that they owed to each other. Maryland has established that a person has a right to recover for negligence by proving four elements: duty, breach, causation, and injury. In order for you to be able to recover for any damages, you will first have to prove that there was a duty or obligation to do something or to not do something according to the reasonable person standard. The second element that a person will have to prove in order to be successful in their negligence claim is to show that a driver or other drivers breached their duty Third, there must be a reasonably close causal connection between the breach of the duty and a resulting injury. If the driver had not been speeding, the car accident would not have occurred. If there had been a “warning” sign, the customer would not have slipped and fallen. Finally, if a person is going to be successful in bringing a claim against a driver, or their company, they will need to show that they suffered some 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 time spent away from work, and other types of losses.
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Don’t sit on your rights if you have been injured in an accident because of another driver careless, reckless, or negligent actions, you may be entitled to significant damages for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages. The lawyers of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team can fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.