When a large truck is involved in a traffic collision in Maryland, occupants in other vehicles are much likelier to be killed than are people involved in passenger car accidents. Because of the inherent dangers of large trucks, the federal government has stringent regulations in place to reduce the risk of accidents. Despite those rules, far too many accidents involving large trucks happen every year.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4,168 large commercial vehicles, which includes buses, were involved in crashes that proved to be fatal in 2013. This was an increase of 3 percent over 2012.
Between 2003 and 2013, the total number of large trucks in fatal crashes dropped by 17 percent from 4,721 to 3,906. During the same time period, the number of large trucks in injury accidents fell by 18 percent. Between 2012 and 2013, the number of large trucks in fatal accidents increased by 2 percent.
The overall decrease in these types of fatal and non-fatal accidents demonstrates the effectiveness of the federal regulations that govern the industry. The fact that so many still occur points to the reality that a lot more needs to be done. Trucking accidents are normally far more serious than accidents involving smaller vehicles since commercial trucks are so much heavier and larger than are passenger vehicles. A person in another vehicle that is collided with by a truck can often face months of expensive hospitalization. If it can be demonstrated that the accident was caused by the negligence of the truck driver, legal counsel can often be of assistance in seeking compensation from the driver and the trucking company.