Truck accidents in Maryland often leave behind devastating damage, such as very serious injury or even death. If you were a victim of an injury caused by a truck accident, read more to see how one of the skilled Prince George’s County truck accident attorneys can assess your case and represent the needs you are entitled to.
What are the common types of truck accidents in Maryland?
Collisions can occur either between two trucks or between a truck and smaller vehicles, in which the unfortunate damage may depend on the weight and size of the vehicle it collided with. The following are some common types of truck accidents that occur in Maryland:
- Head-on collisions.
- Rollover accidents.
- Blindspot accidents.
- Jackknife accidents.
- Underride accidents.
What are the common causes of truck accidents in Maryland?
Trucks stand at a significant length of between 45 to 60 feet, and can also weigh up to 30 times as much as a regular passenger car at up to 80,000 lbs. Due to the massive size and weight of a truck, it is pivotal that they are driven with care. Unfortunately, driver negligence is the leading cause of truck accidents in Maryland.
Federal law limits truck drivers to 11 working hours within a 14-hour workday and, in total, to 70 hours of driving a week. If a driver exceeds this time on the road, they can grow fatigued and have reduced reflex time and reaction to stimuli which can ultimately lead to an accident.
Another example of truck driver negligence is reckless driving. An average truck needs the length of about two football fields to come to a complete stop. If a truck driver is speeding or tailgating, it is more difficult to safely stop. Also, trucks have limited visibility, so a truck driver neglecting to check large blind spots before changing lanes or passing up a vehicle can cause an accident.
However, sometimes accidents are out of the truck driver’s control. For instance, trucks may experience mechanical problems, such as tire blowouts, brake issues, and breakdowns, that can create an accident. In this case, liability may fall on the truck company or the company that sold the defective parts.
If any of these incidents are applicable to you, do not hesitate to reach out to one of the Prince George’s County personal injury attorneys to kickstart your personal injury claim.
What is the statute of limitations for truck accidents in Maryland?
For personal injury claims, the statute of limitations in Maryland is generally three years from the date of your accident.
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