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Lack of trucking regulation a road hazard

Many drivers across Maryland use the highways daily to commute, run errands or visit family members. With so many behind the wheel regularly, the risk of a collision is a reality that many fear. With a shortage of truck drivers across the country, the risk of a serious crash with a semi-truck could be of even greater concern.

What are the most common truck accident causes?

Whenever a traffic accident takes place, those involved may face serious ramifications. Unfortunately, the outcome of an accident can be even more perilous if a large truck was involved. In Upper Marlboro, and on roads all over the state of Maryland, accidents that involve a large truck are often more dangerous for a handful of reasons. Not only do truckers often need more time to slow down, but their trucks are massive and can be far more damaging when colliding with other vehicles.

Increase in freight: How will this affect drivers

When Maryland drivers navigate the roadways each day, they may be familiar traveling alongside massive tractor trailers. While these gentle giants may seem safe, they can be extremely dangerous to motorists and other people on the road. Tractor trailers are a necessary component of the American economy, as they distribute essential goods to all parts of Maryland and throughout the country. While an increase in the amount of freight that needs to be distributed may mean good things for the economy, it could also lead to an increase in the number of people who are injured and killed in large truck accidents each year.

How to avoid becoming involved in a truck accident

Although Americans depend on large trucks to deliver freight throughout the nation, these massive vehicles are a looming danger to motorists on the road. Tractor trailers kill a significant number of people in Maryland and across the nation each year. In 2014 alone, 3,744 people lost their lives in large truck accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many of these accidents were avoidable. You may be able to avoid becoming a victim of a catastrophic truck collision by understanding how these large vehicles operate on the roads.

Central database aims to decrease truck accidents

Truck accidents were responsible for the deaths of 3,744 people in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Approximately 49 people were killed in Maryland alone. These catastrophic collisions are due in part, to distracted, drowsy, drunk and otherwise negligent truck drivers who fail to adhere to the rules of the road. While truck drivers may be given citations, fail drug tests and commit other illegal acts, there has not been a way to track these truckers and their violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed the creation of a centralized database that would allow trucking companies access to this very important information.

Drowsy truckers pose a danger to motorists

A number of tractor trailers traveling throughout Maryland and across the country navigate the roadways on a daily basis. These massive vehicles require well-trained and qualified truckers to operate them safely alongside other motor vehicles on the road. With a shortage of experienced truck drivers and an increase of freight needing to be distributed throughout the country, truck driver fatigue has become an issue. At Wilson & Parlett, we know that when negligent truckers drive drowsy it puts countless motorists at risk of being involved in an accident.

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