Of the many causes of truck accidents, equipment failures are among the more common. Large trucks rely on a number of components and systems to run properly. If any one of these systems is compromised, the truck may not operate according to the driver’s expectations. Obviously, this can then result in the truck driver losing control of the vehicle, resulting in a serious or fatal truck accident.
Due to the risks inherent in operating a large truck, the law places a duty on all truck drivers to maintain their vehicles in a safe manner. The level of the duty somewhat depends on which type of truck is being operated and which cargo is being transported. For example, truck drivers transporting hazardous materials have an increased duty to maintain their vehicles in a safe condition to avoid the spilling of the hazardous cargo.
Generally speaking, a truck driver’s duty to inspect and maintain his vehicle extends to the systems that are easily inspected and those for which failure can result in serious problems in the vehicle’s operation. These systems include the tires, brakes, cargo area, and lights and signals. If an accident is caused by a truck driver’s failure to inspect his vehicle, that driver may be held financially liable for the injuries caused as a result. This may even be the case if the truck driver was not issued a traffic citation.
One Injured after Tire Blowout Causes Loss of Control and Subsequent Accident
Earlier this month in Bolton, New York, a truck driver was injured when the truck he was operating veered off the road. According to one local news source covering the frightening event, the accident occurred in the morning hours on a large state highway.
Evidently, as the truck driver was driving southbound, the front passenger tire blew out, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The truck then veered off the road, traveled down an embankment on the side of the road, and overturned. The truck’s driver was injured, primarily with facial lacerations and possible neck injuries. However, the injuries were not life-threatening. Police decided not to issue a citation in relation to the accident.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Truck drivers and the companies that employ them have a duty to maintain the safe operation of all fleet vehicles. When this duty is violated and injuries result, the injured party may seek financial compensation. The skilled personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have decades of experience bringing cases on behalf of their injured clients. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation today. Calling is free and will not result in any obligation on your behalf unless we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
Risks and Implications of Maryland Truck Accidents, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published June 24, 2016.
Student Permitted to Recover for Injuries from School Bus Driver when Struck by Another Vehicle Prior to Boarding the Bus, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published June 3, 2016.