Maryland Truck and Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Tractor-trailers and semi-trucks are an essential part of our economy and transportation system, carrying raw materials and finished goods across the country. We encounter large commercial trucks daily on our streets and highways. However, care must be taken when those 40 tons of machine and cargo share the highway with you and your family. One of the most terrifying experiences that any driver can experience is an accident with a tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, or semi-truck. Truck Accident Lawyer

At the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick, we understand the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s regulations of the trucking industry. If we find that the truck, truck driver or trucking company that hit you was in violation of these regulations, or was are negligent in any way, we will help you hold them responsible.

If you are a Bethesda or Rockville resident or you live the greater Maryland, Washington D.C. or Virginia areas, call (301) 605-9469 to schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced Maryland truck accident attorney.

Contact a Maryland Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a truck accident because of the other party’s negligence or carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and the irreparable changes to your life. Please call 301-251-1286 or email the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick today for a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Maryland truck accident lawyers.

The Magnitude of the Problem

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), large trucks were involved in nearly 290,000 accidents in 2009, the last year for which full statistics are available. These accidents caused 3380 fatalities and an additional 74,000 injuries. More recent statistics show a 10% spike in large truck and tractor trailer accidents in 2010, with 3675 people killed and another 80,000 injured.

In 2009, the preliminary national crash facts were as follows:

  • 123,918 large trucks and 13,263 buses involved in non-fatal crashes
  • 49,084 large trucks and 7,123 buses involved in injury crashes
  • 73,047 injuries in crashes involving large trucks and 16,760 injuries in crashes involving buses
  • 74,834 large trucks and 6,140 buses involved in tow-away crashes
  • 2,609 large trucks and 11 buses involved in hazmat (HM) placard crashes

Accidents occurring while a driver is under the influence or while intoxicated are at an epidemic level in the United States. Truck accidents are not exempt from this. Driving under the influence (DUI) is regarded as one of the leading causes of fatal truck accidents today. Drivers also frequently take supplements or medications to try and stay awake in order to meet a tight deadline, which impairs their ability to drive.

Causes of Truck Accidents: Cutting Corners to Save Costs

Most trucking companies adhere to truck regulations, but some do not. By hiring inexperienced, unlicensed, or unsafe truck drivers, some companies consciously try to reduce the costs associated with their driving crew. They may allow or even encourage drivers to keep schedules or deadlines which cause them to engage in high-risk behavior, such as speeding, or staying on the road longer than the legal amount of time allowed. They may also subcontract out truck maintenance to companies that may do a less thorough job.

Because of the inherent danger of a semi-trucks and similar vehicles in interstate commerce, federal trucking regulations have been put in place to address the most common and preventable types of truck accidents. These regulations cover:

  • Truck driver qualifications – Drivers must have a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) and a certain level of specialized experience.
  • Truck driver behavior – Truckers cannot use alcohol or drugs, and have limited working hours to avoid fatigued driving or falling asleep at the wheel.
  • Truck maintenance – Crucial systems must be regularly inspected and maintained, such as brakes and tires .
  • Cargo loading and securement – Cargo must be within weight guidelines, properly placed and loaded, secured, and regularly inspected.

The complaint from the trucking industry about all these regulations has been that they are too expensive and cut down on profits, but when trucking companies fail to adhere to these regulations in an attempt to save money, their negligence can not only destroy, but cost lives.

For more information about truck accidents and their causes, please visit Questions about Truck Accidents.

Why Choose Stuart L. Plotnick for your Truck Accident Claim or Lawsuit

If you are seeking compensation for injury or loss associated with a truck accident, you need the help of an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney to handle your case. Stuart L. Plotnick has handled truck accident cases from both sides, as an insurance company defense attorney and on behalf of injured victims. He understands the strategies trucking companies use to deny liability in truck accidents, and now uses the insight he has gained from his wide range of experience to build powerful cases for injured victims of truck accidents.

Mr. Plotnick is also dedicated to giving every case the personal attention it deserves and needs to have the best chance of success. Starting with your free initial consultation, you will meet with Mr. Plotnick directly, and throughout your case you will talk to him on a regular basis about your case. You will not be handed off to intermediaries or left wondering about the state of your case.

If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a truck accident in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, please contact the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick today for a free initial consultation.