Distracted Truck Drivers on Maryland Roadways Pose Serious Hazards
Accomplished truck accident attorneys serving Baltimore, Columbia and beyond
Distracted drivers pose a serious threat to other vehicles on the road in Maryland. When a commercial truck driver is driving while distracted, however, those threats can be catastrophic; the sheer size of the truck, as well as inability to stop quickly or even swerve without risk of jack-knifing or flipping over means that passengers vehicle occupants may be unable to avoid an accident at all. A collision with a tractor-trailer can lead to thousands of dollars in property damage and up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, depending on the severity of your injuries.
At Plaxen & Adler, P.A., you work with a dedicated Baltimore truck accident attorney who understands both the laws governing truckers as well as the consequences of a trucker breaking those laws. For the last 30 years, we have been the go-to personal injury law firm in Maryland for people who are suffering because of another person’s negligence. If you were hurt by a distracted commercial truck driver, we want to hear your story.
Common causes of distraction
Almost every state in the country now has a law about cellphone usage and texting. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have just published rules prohibiting commercial from texting or from using a hand-held cellphone. In fact, the new rules prohibits drivers from even reaching for a cellphone that is too far away. However, truck drivers in particular can be distracted by:
- Incoming messages on a cellphone or tablet about their schedule or current delivery
- GPS navigation systems
- Hand-held maps
- CB radios (when applicable)
- Other truck drivers
- Construction zones
- Improperly loaded cargo, which can spill into the road
- Events happening on Baltimore city streets that cause traffic to re-route
Add this to the radio, the desire to eat, stop-and-go traffic and boredom caused by a long commute, and your risk of being hit by a distracted truck driver in Maryland can increase exponentially. One source even claims that commercial vehicle “drivers who text were more than 23 times likely to be involved in a safety-critical event than those who do not,” and “6 times more likely to be involved in a safety-critical event” if they were dialing their cellphones while driving.
At Plaxen & Adler, P.A., we hold distracted big rig drivers responsible when their negligence lead to an accident which caused you serious harm. Our team of motivated and dedicated auto accident attorneys have helped families throughout Maryland, and we have the successful track record to prove it. Without a competent Baltimore truck accident attorney by your side, you risk being unable to collect compensation for your injuries after a serious collision; we promise that we never stop fighting on your behalf, so you can obtain the money you need to get well again.
Injured by a distracted truck driver in Maryland? Let us help you.
Distracted tractor trailer drivers are a danger to everyone on the roads. The accomplished personal injury attorneys of Plaxen & Adler, P.A. offer you options when you or your loved one has been hurt in a collision with a commercial truck. Please call 410-730-7737 or fill out our contact form to reserve an appointment with one of our truck accident lawyers in Baltimore, Columbia, or throughout Maryland.