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How Do Negligent Hiring Procedures Help Encourage Truck Accidents?

Published on Oct 31, 2018 at 6:37 pm in Truck Accidents.

Truck drivers travel thousands of miles and spend countless hours on the road each year. Because of this, there are certain requirements in place to improve roadway safety and reduce the chances of crashes. Not all trucking companies, however, abide by these laws. Recent investigations have held trucking corporations under heavy scrutiny.

According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2016, over 4,500 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes. Nearly 120,000 large trucks and buses were involved in collisions that resulted in injuries. These numbers are on the rise.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident that you believe was caused by negligence, you may have legal options. Insurance companies may try to get you to settle early, especially when you’re dealing with the trucking company’s insurance. This is where we come in. Our Baltimore truck accidents lawyers have the experience necessary to guide you through these complex legal matters.

Police say driver in truck accident was drunk at the time

Published on May 17, 2018 at 1:41 pm in Truck Accidents.

Drunk driving remains a threat to innocent motorists, their passengers and others using Maryland’s roadways. A crash involving a drunk driver and a passenger vehicle has enough potential to be serious or deadly, but when a truck is also involved, the force of the impact only increases. Under these circumstances, a truck accident tends to increase the possibility of fatalities exponentially.

On a recent Monday, a Penske truck driven by a 49-year-old man careened into the rear of a passenger vehicle carrying a family of three. The impact critically injured the 3-month-old boy in the backseat of the vehicle. Troopers with the Maryland State Police report that the baby’s parents “did everything right” in that the baby was properly strapped into a car seat. It just wasn’t enough, and the infant died on the Thursday following the crash. 

Truck accident blamed on drowsy driving

Published on Mar 14, 2018 at 1:26 pm in Truck Accidents.

Working long hours, family obligations and other circumstances can make it difficult to get adequate sleep. Most Maryland residents can recall at least one time when they felt tired all day long due to sleep deprivation, but still had to get on with their lives, which may have included driving. An extra cup of coffee, soda or energy drink may have provided enough alertness to get through the day, but they probably were not on the road all day. What about the trucker who struggles to stay awake while driving all day? No amount of caffeine can erase the increased potential for a truck accident.

Could hackers turn our cars and trucks into remote-controlled “toys”?

Published on Feb 1, 2017 at 9:04 pm in Truck Accidents.

COMMERCIAL VEHICLES ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE. YIKES.

It’s one of those science fiction scenarios that is not so far-fetched. Everything on modern vehicles is run by computer. Many of those different parts and devices are wirelessly connected. And those connections are not always secure.

Experts worry that hackers – from terrorists to teenagers – could essentially hijack a moving motor vehicle, turning it into a giant remote-controlled toy. A big truck could be a powerful agent of destruction, and trucks may be most vulnerable to hacking because they are more extensively networked.

Industry experts and government regulators are attuned to the potential safety issues, especially at the dawn of self-driving vehicles. Hopefully, they are engineering security systems and failsafes to prevent access by outside parties.

Truckers face serious consequences for distracted driving

Published on Jan 25, 2017 at 8:37 pm in Truck Accidents.

From fines to lawsuits to loss of employment, truck drivers risk serious consequences if they are found guilty of distracted driving. Regulations enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prohibit over-the-road truckers from using handheld mobile phones while driving, including texting. Texting while driving is against the law in the state of Maryland.

Truckers who ignore the law may one day find that the few seconds in which their attention wanders are enough to cause a horrific accident. Hopefully, law enforcement or the employer intervenes before such a tragedy occurs, even it means that the truck driver loses his or her livelihood.

FMCSA rules against the use of mobile devices

The federal rules regarding the use of mobile devices while operating a large truck are straightforward: no texting, dialing or reading, no reaching for or holding such devices. The FMCSA goes a step further by defining use as holding a mobile device by one hand to make a call or dialing by pressing more than a single button. The rules make allowances for truckers to talk to dispatchers while driving — but not by text or email and not by dialing a long number.

Comprehensive penalties

Truck drivers caught driving while distracted may face fines up to $2,750. It can also adversely affect their Safety Measurement System rating. Two such traffic violations within a three-year period can disqualify a driver for 60 days; three violations, for 120 days. Drivers are usually not paid for out-of-service periods (suspension from driving commercial vehicles). Despite these severe consequences, many truckers defy the rule.

How did the latest government spending bill affect rest rules for truckers?

Published on Dec 12, 2016 at 8:33 pm in Truck Accidents.

Over the last eight years, the U.S. Department of Transportation, under the auspices of the Obama Administration, has introduced some major changes to the rest rules governing the interstate trucking industry in a bid to reduce the staggering number of accidents directly attributable to driver fatigue.

One of these rule changes dictates that after working a full workweek of up to 75 hours, truckers must take a 35-hour break that includes two periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Here, the idea being that this requirement would enable more truckers to incorporate what scientists have labeled as restorative rest hours into their sleep schedules.

While lauded by safety advocates, the measure encountered significant opposition from both truckers and industry groups, with both  saying the measure was impractical and overly broad.

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