The danger of any vehicle accident is likely to be more severe when a truck or other large vehicle is involved in the crash. Large-sized commercial vehicles like trucks are on the road to transport heavy items and cargo 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.
What Makes Semi Trucks So Accident-Prone?
Even without heavy cargo or large trailers, trucks are heavy, making crashes involving them inherently more dangerous than accidents involving smaller automobiles. 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. The large size of trucks and other commercial vehicles can also inhibit the driver’s view, leading to more blind spots on the vehicle. A recent news article discussed a fatal multi-truck accident.
According to the news article, a dump truck rear-ended another dump truck, causing a collision with a third dump truck on January 3, 2024, around 12:15 pm in the afternoon. The Trenton Police Department stated that the preliminary investigation revealed that there was one fatality and the other two dump truck drivers were being treated for minor injuries at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. Law enforcement officers stated that no other vehicles were involved in the crash. The Trenton Police Department was alerted to the issue when the Trenton Radio Room 9-1-1 operators began receiving multiple calls regarding a multi-dump truck crash on Route 129 between Cass Street and Lalor Street. The Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, TEMS, and Paramedics were dispatched to the scene. Around 12:26 pm the Trenton Fire Department reported an extended rescue operation at the scene, and a person was reported extricated from the dump truck crash around 12:30 pm.
In part to address such issues, 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.
Have You Been Hurt in a Maryland Automobile Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident in the Prince George’s, Baltimore, Charles, or Montgomery County region, let the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen help you recover the damages you deserve. Expenses and injuries from a motor vehicle accident can quickly become overwhelming, and having an experienced team of lawyers by your side can make all the difference. Our attorneys have successfully represented injury victims at every stage of the process, ensuring that they obtain the proper damages. With our team, you can have faith that your claim is being pursued properly. If you have questions about your case, call us today at 800-654-1949 and schedule a free and no-obligation initial consultation with a Maryland injury lawyer at our office.