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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.

Tractor trailers part of catastrophic pileup along I-95

There is no question that winter weather can be a serious hazard to drivers on the road. While some motorists are careful when navigating the streets in wind, rain, ice, snow and fog, others fail to slow down and drive carefully in these inclement weather conditions. This reckless driving can result in tragic car accidents, injuries and deaths in Maryland and throughout the country.  

Are incidents involving large truck accidents on the rise?

As a Maryland motorist, you may be used to sharing the road with tractor trailers on a daily basis. You may believe that the trucker driving next to your smaller vehicle is well-trained and qualified to be operating a massive vehicle. There are, however, a surprising amount of fatal large truck accidents that occur in the U.S. every year. In 2014, 3,744 people were killed in tractor trailer collisions across the nation, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That year, there were 49 truck accident deaths in Maryland alone, making up just over 7 percent of all motor vehicle accident deaths in the state. Although this is a decrease from the 60 fatalities that occurred in 2013, truck accident deaths across the country are expected to increase over the next few years.

Large truck accidents can have life-changing consequences

Large trucks and other commercial vehicles are governed by regulations set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. When vehicles are not in compliance with Maryland's motor carrier safety regulations, truck accidents can result, and the truck driver and/or the company they work for can be held liable. The annual death toll of people in cars and other passenger vehicles caused by a collision with a large truck is staggering; partly because many of the instances occur on busy highways and often involve multiple vehicles.

7 common causes of trucking accidents

Collisions involving commercial-sized trucks are among the most catastrophic on Maryland roads and highways. This is because they are very large, heavy and may be transporting hazardous cargo. In the event of an accident, each of these elements has the potential to cause enormous amounts of damage.

Common truck driving accidents

Truck drivers often operate on little to no sleep, especially when traveling long distances. Although most truck drivers make it safely to their destinations, there are cases in which the truck or the driver never does. The issue of truck driver fatigue has been long debated and relatively ignored over the decades, which is cause for concern. Not all 18 wheeler accidents are fatal, but the damage involved, and the delays in traffic are costly for everyone on the roadways.

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