Maryland Trucking Lawyers: Avoid a Truck, Save Your LifeAugust 13, 2012
In 2008, one traffic fatality out of nine resulted from a large truck crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Driving near a big rig makes anyone nervous. Some of the most serious accident injuries our firm handles occur in collisions between semi-trucks and cars.
In 2009, 51 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in Maryland. Truck accidents are caused by errors made by both truck and car drivers. Consider these tips for steering clear of a truck accident in Maryland:
- Distance. Keep a comfortable distance on all sides from a tractor-trailer. Do not tailgate, and do not ride alongside a truck except to pass. If passing, pull back in the lane only when the entire truck is visible in the rear view mirror.
- Blind spots. Trucks have blind spots on the sides and rear of their rig and trailer. Called no-zones, you should assume a trucker cannot see you if you cannot see their face in a side mirror. Stay clear of no-zones.
- Stay alert. Pass, fall back, or yield, and never cut off a truck.
Keep these tips in mind, and keep yourself safe on the road. But if injured in a truck accident, you need experienced legal counsel.
Investigation of trucking accidents is complicated and should occur before valuable evidence disappears. A knowledgeable attorney knows how to determine what is responsible for a truck accident. Driver error, mechanical defects, and improper training by the trucking company can all be factors in an accident and injury.
If you were involved in an accident with a truck, call a skilled Maryland trucking lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. immediately for a free consultation, and visit our website for a detailed analysis of truck accidents.