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Maryland is a major trucking route as it connects to the entire Eastern Seaboard through I-95, and runs through large swaths of the western United States via U.S. Route 70. An almost inexhaustible amount of commercial truck drivers pass through our state on a daily basis. Because commercial trucks are larger and heavier than other motor vehicles, they cannot be stopped quickly, and have a greater potential to roll over at sharp turns. Combine this with the decreased visibility for drivers because of larger blind spots, and the chances of a truck accident can increase exponentially.
Plaxen & Adler, P.A. offers diligent representation for victims of trucking accidents. Our attorneys have the skills, resources, and experience necessary to take on even the most complex motor vehicle accidents involving independent and national trucking companies. At our firm, we only handle personal injury cases, and we only work on behalf of the injured. Our in-depth knowledge of personal injury law and the statutes which guide commercial truck drivers make us the ideal choice for people seeking compensation that can help them get well.
Trucking accident cause and effect
Any motor vehicle accident can be serious, but those involving commercial trucks can be especially catastrophic. Plaxen & Adler, P.A. offers comprehensive counsel in cases involving:
- Driver fatigue. Over-tired drivers are less responsive to their surroundings, and therefore are more likely to make costly mistakes. The laws state that drivers must rest after 10 hours on the road, but truckers are paid by the mile. Thus, they are incentivized to complete their trips more quickly, potentially forgoing their mandatory rest times.
- Failure to brake/ faulty brakes. Commercial trucks can weigh several tons, and driving a vehicle that heavy requires additional attention. A driver who is following too closely to other cars or who isn’t paying attention to the road may not be able to brake on time. Further, in cases where a truck’s brakes fail, we can pursue a products liability case on your behalf for any defect in the brakes.
- Distracted driving. Cell phone usage is strictly regulated for truck drivers in Maryland, but GPS units are not. A driver who is distracted by a changing map or who reaches for a phone could cause an accident when his or her eyes are diverted from the road itself.
- Cargo shifts and falling debris. Improperly secured cargo can cause a number of problems for truckers. The cargo can slide around in the back and cause the truck to become unbalanced, and loose debris can drop from the truck onto other cars or the road. This type of negligence can lead to fatal accidents if the truck tips over or if the spilled debris obscures the road or injures the driver.
Poor road visibility, driver impairment and tire blowouts also contribute to accidents on the roadway. At Plaxen & Adler, P.A., we treat each and every accident with the same level of determination and attention to detail. We use accident reconstruction experts to help build your case, and petition trucking companies for the black boxes and/or video recordings that are present in their trucks, as these often provide crucial evidence in accident lawsuits.
Let us protect your rights after an accident with a commercial truck
Plaxen & Adler, P.A. is Maryland’s foremost personal injury law firm; we stand up for our clients in the face of insurance companies and trucking companies who put their profits before people’s safety. To schedule a free consultation, please call 410-988-4449 or contact us online.