The danger of any vehicle crash is compounded when a truck or other large vehicle is involved in the accident. Large commercial vehicles like trucks are on the road to transport heavy items over long distances. That means that trucks can become difficult to maneuver in emergency situations, preventing truck drivers from turning or stopping suddenly due to the weight of their vehicle and cargo. Even without heavy cargo or large trailers, trucks are heavy, making accidents involving them inherently dangerous. Additionally, truck drivers are under extreme pressure to spend long hours on the road, as they need to meet delivery deadlines. This can lead to exhaustion and impaired judgment on the roads. Tired drivers are more likely to make mistakes when driving, increasing the likelihood of accidents. A recent news article discussed a serious truck accident.
According to the news article, an out-of-control trailer became dislodged from the tractor around 10 am on Wednesday, August 2. The crash occurred on the highway near the New York State border according to Mahwah Mayor Jim Wysocki. During the crash, the rig split into multiple pieces, with a huge container landing on a passing SUV on the other side of the divider and thousands of lemons from the truck’s cargo spilling onto the highway. Additionally, an overhead sign was struck and had to be replaced, which kept the northbound highway closed for several hours. The driver, who’s from Ontario, Canada, said he felt the load shift, tried to correct it, and dislodged the container, according to law enforcement officials. The container then flew off of the trailer, landing on an Audi SUV, and split open, dumping hundreds of crates of lemons across the highway. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries reported with the truck driver and the SUV operator taken to a local hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.
What Are the Minimum Insurance Requirements in Maryland?
Maryland maintains minimum insurance requirements for drivers in the state. Minimum insurance requirements are designed to ensure sufficient compensation is available to victims of car accidents should it be required. As a result, Maryland drivers are required to purchase at least $30,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per person, $60,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per accident, and $15,000 in property damage liability coverage.