Types of Trucking Accidents
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Most truck drivers these days work for corporations. When a truck accident occurs, the corporation’s risk management team descends immediately on the scene of the truck crash to take steps to minimize damages. The Baltimore truck accident law firm of LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. applies the same level of tenacity and skill to determining exactly what happened, who is liable and how much compensation you are owed. Our firm has more than 30 years of experience and a passion for justice that guide us in our effective investigation and preparation of your case.
Our lawyers are well-versed in sophisticated investigative methods and technology used by law enforcement and defendants’ counsel. We gather crucial evidence at the crash site, review the black box event data recorder (EDR), conduct a thorough accident reconstruction, and analyze driving logs, phone records and blood tests to determine whether fatigue, distracted driving or drunk driving played a part.
Contributing factors in commercial vehicle crashes
Typically, several factors combine to cause a large truck accident. Common critical events and associated factors in heavy truck wrecks include:
- Driver exhaustion — To safely operate a heavy truck, commercial drivers must remain aware and attentive. Fatigue dulls the senses and interferes with reaction time in emergency situations. It is a mental state that jeopardizes the safety of the driver and other motorists. For this reason, federal laws require that truckers drive a limited number of hours per shift, observe mandatory rest periods and properly update their logs.
- Mobile phone use — Using a cell phone while driving is dangerous. When a commercial truck driver engages in this type of distracted driving, the consequences can be catastrophic. That is why the U.S. Department of Transportation imposed the mobile telephone rule that prohibits truck and bus drivers from reaching for, talking on or dialing a handheld device while operating a commercial vehicle.
- Poor road maintenance — Hazardous roadway conditions are the single greatest contributing factor in commercial vehicle crashes. Potholes, broken traffic signals, missing signs, extreme curves at exits, inadequate runaway truck ramps and poor highway lighting put drivers’ safety at risk. Government entities responsible for roadway upkeep, repair and warning systems may be liable when they fail to perform these vital duties and that failure results in a serious big-rig wreck.
- Tire failure — A tire blowout can send a tractor-trailer careening out of control, send heavy rubber flying into nearby cars and leave perilous road debris in its wake. Tracing the incident to the negligent manufacturer, maintenance crew, trucking corporation, driver or municipal agency responsible takes tremendous diligence and perseverance. Usually, multiple parties are liable for the tire failure.
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Get the compensation you deserve for your truck accident injuries. Call Baltimore truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact our firm online to schedule a free appointment. We are available by phone 24 hours a day to assist you with your truck accident claim. We handle your auto accident lawsuit on a contingency basis and consider your satisfaction our top priority.