As we've previously discussed in this blog, truck accidents have the potential to be extremely dangerous. The force of an 18-wheeler can do significant damage to a smaller vehicle, and the time and distance it takes for a fully loaded truck to effectively slow down or stop may not be enough to avoid a collision. As a result, truck accidents are often fatal for drivers and passengers of any cars involved.
The many windy roads around Maryland and major thoroughfares between Baltimore and the other major cities in the region mean a heightened risk of truck traffic and truck accidents. While most of the haulers on the highways are responsible drivers, accidents do happen. And when trucks are involved, damage can be severe; spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries or wrongful death.
Even if you haven't been on a bus lately, you can safely make this observation: Few to none have passenger seat belts. You might assume that the absence of this safety feature means that bus accidents are either so rare or so harmless to passengers that they simply aren't necessary. But bus accidents can and do happen, and unfortunately, they are quite capable of injuring people.
The family members of three people killed in a Baltimore fire truck accident will split a $40,000 settlement approved by the city's spending board. The figure is the highest amount allowable for motor tort claims involving police and firefighters responding to emergencies.
One of the top causes of large truck accidents is drowsy driving. Because truck drivers are typically under heavy pressure to deliver the goods they're hauling as quickly as possible and are usually not paid to rest when they feel the need, sleep deprivation is common.
With an ever-increasing amount of interstate traffic through Maryland, 18-wheelers and other large trucks are everywhere on the state's highways. And with more vehicles come a higher potential for traffic accidents.
If you drive on a regular basis, you may have experienced it: that overwhelming fatigue that can creep in as the hum of traffic on a busy roadway lulls you. Your head starts feeling heavy and your eyelids begin to droop. You might try to open a window or turn up the stereo to snap yourself out of it, but the fact remains: Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving, and leads to countless accidents that injure or kill people. This is especially true for commercial truckers who drive long distances on little sleep.
It only takes a few seconds for an accident to happen, but the consequences can last a lifetime. In very serious cases, motorists and passengers can lose their lives. In car accident cases, a detailed and thorough investigation is often needed to understand exactly what happened. In a recent fatal crash, Maryland police believe they have a good understanding of what caused the accident-- a driver was apparently driving the wrong way on the highway.
Should truckers and other commercial drivers be banned from speaking on cell phones or texting messages while they are driving? According to one federal safety agency, the answer is a resounding "yes."
When a large truck is involved in a traffic accident with another vehicle, the consequences can be devastating for people in smaller vehicles. Recently, a truck accident involving four cars and a rented truck has resulted in the death of two people and injuries to six others, including two children.