Truck accidents can be incredibly different from accidents involving other types of vehicles. This impacts how they’re viewed from a legal standpoint. You’ll find that the injuries and legal repercussions with truck accidents in Maryland are generally more serious.
Truck driving laws are different
Truck drivers always need to abide by federal laws, while regular passenger vehicles only need to follow local and state traffic laws. This includes keeping track of their truck driving hours with electronic logging devices and how often they are required to take breaks. These records may be used as evidence if there is an accident, especially if the driver was on the road for a long period of time without a break and may have been suffering from sleep deprivation.
Beyond this, the U.S. Department of Transportation through the FMCSA regulates commercial trucks that include the requirement of certain vehicle maintenance, limits of the maximum load weight, and many other factors.
There may be more responsible parties
When it comes to truck accidents, there are more than your typical one or two people involved. Potential responsible parties also often include a parent trucking company, service providers, and companies that have manufactured the truck’s systems and parts. A situation in which a truck spills items on the road that leads to injuries and property damage may mean that there will be legal consequences for the loading company as well.
Truck operations are more difficult
There is a large difference between how cars and trucks operate. Trucks require a lot more space and there’s a greater risk of them rolling over. You can usually stop and control cars much easier. Even though this is the case, there are typically safeguards in place to minimize risks in driving trucks.
When you’ve been in an accident involving a truck, there is sure to be a great deal of emotional stress and physical suffering. You may be uncertain about the next actions to take. Have faith that there are laws in place to provide fair compensation if you’ve been injured in such an accident, and that you stand a good chance at a successful outcome with the right documentation and assistance.