You know driving through Caroline County that there is a certain charm driving through the rural roads. Located on the Eastern Shore with a small population and no interstate or U.S Highways it is easy to assume that there are never any major accidents. However, Caroline residents should not forget that Maryland Route 404 is a major road that is often frequented by tourists and delivery trucks. In addition, there are over fifteen designated Maryland routes which all may be the location of an accident. Some of the most common reasons for an accident to occur include:
- Changing traffic conditions – As a driver, you know that one minute you can be sitting in traffic and the next minute you can be moving. There are many reasons for sudden traffic changes such as rain, snow, wind, daylight, and even wind. All of these factors can lead to an accident with a tractor trailer.
- Mechanical problems with the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) – Mechanical issues arise anytime you use a vehicle regularly. While many trucking agencies and companies impose regulations on drivers that require them to inspect their vehicles, often times these regulations are ignored, which can lead to tractors breaking down and causing accidents.
- Poor weather conditions – When it rains, snows sleets, or there is a heavy rainfall car are more likely to be in an accident. Tractor-trailers and other commercial drivers are more susceptible to accidents because of the size of their vehicles.
- Tired Drivers – it is no coincidence that if you go into a truck stop you will see over the counter caffeine and other brightly colored packages all that promise to keep a driver up and awake. Driver fatigue is a major problem and falling asleep behind the wheel is an event that often leads to devastating injuries.
Who is Responsible for a Truck Accident?
Anytime there is an automobile accident the first question that people want to know is who was responsible for the accident. When there is a tractor-trailer involved they are often the first ones to get blamed for the accident. However it is not so cut and dry and determining who is liable for any accident requires a close examination of all the events that lead up to the accident. Most auto accidents are brought to court under a theory that one driver was negligent. Maryland law has established that under their negligence laws, a person has a right to recover for negligence by proving the following four elements:
- Duty – First, there must be a duty or obligation to do something or to not do something according to the reasonable person standard, this means that a driver has to conduct themselves as a reasonable driver would be expected to drive.
- Breach – Second, this duty must be breached this means that a person has done something that the person should not have done or failed to do something that the person should.
- Causation – Third, there must be a reasonably close causal connection between the breach of the duty and an injury that stems from the accident. For example, if one of the drivers that were involved in the accident had not been speeding then the car accident would not have occurred. If there had been a “warning” sign, the customer would not have slipped and fallen.
- Finally, there must be damage resulting to the interests of another. Damages can come in many forms and may include property damage, pain, and suffering, loss of companionship, lost wages.
In addition, there may be other people who are to blame in part of the truck accident. When there has been an accident, some of the people or parties who may be responsible for a person’s injuries include:
- The truck driver
- The owner of the truck or trailer
- The Company that leased the truck or trailer from the owner
- The vehicle manufacturer, including the tire manufacturer, or other parts of the truck that may have contributed to the cause or severity of the accident.
What do when an Accident Happen in Caroline County?
If you have been in an accident while you are driving in Caroline County, there are some steps that you can take if you have sustained any injuries or damage to your vehicle. If you have been in an accident around Carline County there are some things that you should do:
- Remain with your car at the crash;
- Check on the condition of all people involved in the crash;
- Call the police;
- Exchange insurance information with all the other drivers that were involved;
- Get contact information from witnesses;
- Inform your insurance company;
- Get appropriate medical treatment, and track the details;
- Take photos of vehicle damage and injuries;
- Consider hiring a personal injury attorney.
If you have been involved in an accident it is important not to wait too long to file a case against a driver or insurance company, each state has their own statutes of limitation which will prohibit you from bringing a case if you wait too long.
Contact our Caroline County Truck Accident Lawyers Today
To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call the law offices of Reiff Law Firm Trucking at (215) 709-6940 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.