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Can background checks help you hire better truckers?

Your fleet of truck drivers in Maryland is an integral part of your company's operation and ability to maintain a successful organization. As such, you spend considerable time recruiting and hiring truckers that reflect the characteristics and qualities that your company strives to uphold. The efforts you put into performing background checks on your candidates, as well as the requirements you establish for them, may be able to provide a better guarantee that they will provide value to your company and not participate in dangerous or negligent driving behaviors. 

How are truck accidents different than car crashes?

Truck accidents are different from conventional auto accidents in Maryland for a number of reasons. Some of these differences are probably very obvious to you. However, you would have to have some experience in either law or the ground-freight logistics industry to automatically know some of the other factors that lead to drawn-out injury cases, teams of lawyers representing the defense and complex insurance matters in many commercial vehicle cases.

How does winter weather affect trucks?

As everyone's mind begins to move towards winter, it is especially important that truck drivers take this time to become familiar with the challenges they may face on Maryland roadways as the weather turns colder. If you drive a truck, understanding how snow and ice impact your vehicle and how you drive becomes very important to keeping yourself and others safe when you drive.

What training is required to be a truck driver?

Large trucks are one of the most dangerous vehicles on Maryland roads because they are so much bigger and heavier than other vehicles on the road. If you are involved in an accident with one of these vehicles, the chances of severe injury are increased. Because of this, you may wonder exactly what training a driver must go through before he or she gets behind the wheel.

New legislation may prevent truck underride deaths

Because a tractor-trailer has such high ground clearance, it poses a particular risk to people in passenger vehicles in a Maryland traffic accident. Most vehicles absorb impact and protect passengers with crumple zones, seat belts and air bags. However, none of these can be an effective injury deterrent if the front of the vehicle doesn't come into contact with anything.

Who causes more truck accidents? Preventing collisions

Many Maryland area motorists are not aware of how much of a danger they are to themselves when they drive near commercial vehicles. According to the Commercial Carrier Journal, in collisions between passenger cars and trucks, passenger vehicle operators were at fault 80 percent of the time.

I witnessed a tractor trailer accident. Are they always fatal?

Maryland highways do see their share of deadly tractor trailer accidents. Tractor trailers are large and heavy and can cause more damage that lighter passenger vehicles, which can also cause deadly accidents. However, they are not always fatal.

What are some tips for safe winter driving?

You are already at a disadvantage on Maryland roadways when you drive a big truck. You require more space on the road to maneuver and to stop. Add in winter weather and things get even trickier. To keep yourself and those on the road around you safe, it is helpful to follow some common winter driving tips, like those from Roadmaster. 

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