Common Causes of Truck Accidents

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Factors Most Likely to Cause or Contribute to Commercial Trucking Crashes

The number of big commercial trucks—semis, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and big rigs—on the nation’s roadways continues to rise. Industry officials say as m any as two million tractor-trailers are on American highways every day. In 2016, there were nearly 500,000 police-reported crashes involving large commercial trucks. Unfortunately, when a big rig collides with any other type of vehicle, the consequences are often serious and catastrophic.

According to statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common causes of major truck accidents include:
• Driver fatigue—Most commercial truck drivers are paid by the mile, so there’s an incentive to spend a lot of time behind the wheel. While there are state and federal regulations limiting time on the road, they are often ignored or disregarded.
• Lack of experience—It takes skill to safely operate an 18-wheeler—unfortunately, too many companies put too many drivers on the road without the requisite experience or training. In addition, veteran drivers can face challenges if they travel on new roads.
• Loading errors—Trucks may be overloaded or may not have loads accurately distributed in a trailer
• Truck maintenance—Drivers are also required to keep maintenance logs and perform regular maintenance, but that can often be neglected as too expensive or time-consuming
• Distracted driving—There are all types of distractions to take a truck driver’s eyes off the road—handheld devices, stereos, roadside attractions.

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Several Hurt in Tractor-Trailer Accident

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A tractor-trailer crossed the center line near the 1700 block of Bel Air Road on Friday, January 27, causing a 14-car pileup. At least seven people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to witnesses, the car-carrier was southbound on Route 1 when it suddenly careened over into the northbound lane, hitting a number of passenger vehicles. The driver of the truck, who asked that his name not be given, said he took evasive action to avoid hitting another vehicle that crossed his path. One spectator said that the large commercial vehicle appeared to be airborne at one point.

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Ten-Car Smash-Up Injures Seven

Seven Hurt in 10-Car Pileup on I-10

An 18-wheeler that could not stop in time rear-ended another vehicle, starting a chain reaction that involved 10 motor vehicles, according to news reports. In the aftermath, though seven people were injured, no one died. The accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, shutting down both lanes and backing traffic up for miles on one of the busiest interstates connecting Maryland and Pennsylvania. The collision involved five cars, four tractor-trailers and a tow truck. The cleanup took almost seven hours.
Police have not released any information regarding their investigation, but a Pennsylvania State Police officer said that investigators would start with a thorough investigation of the truck and driver that started the chain reaction. They took blood samples to determine whether alcohol or drugs were involved, and will examine the truck to determine if there was vehicle failure.

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Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has fought for the rights of personal injury victims in Maryland for more than three decades. Because of his record and reputation for effective counsel, he has been awarded the Clients’ Choice Award from AVVO, based on an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). He also has a perfect 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO, and has been recognized by his colleagues in the legal profession, earning an AV rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. Smith was also cited as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

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Pedestrian Accident Claims Life of Highway Construction Worker

Pedestrian Accident Kills Baltimore Man Hit by Motorist

On June 11, 2013, a fatal pedestrian accident occurred when a 40-year-old Baltimore man was struck and killed while working on a road construction crew in Howard County, reported the Columbia Patch. An employee of Road Safety Traffic Control Company, LLC was placing cones in a lane of westbound Route 216 at Route 29 when he was hit by a 2009 Chevy Malibu. The road worker, who was wearing a reflective shirt at the time of the accident, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Malibu remained at the scene.

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Worker Rescued from Bay Bridge Sustained Personal Injury

Worker with Personal Injury Rescued on Chesapeake Bay Bridge

On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, around 10:45 a.m., rescue workers were called to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, where a bridge worker had fallen and sustained personal injury. According to authorities, the victim, a 51-year-old male, was working from a platform approximately 15 feet below the roadway near the center span when he was struck by a five-gallon paint bucket and fell onto the platform. A rescue worker immobilized the victim, who was then lifted up in a rescue basket, placed on a stretcher, and taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The entire rescue took about an hour and caused the westbound span of the bridge to be closed for nearly two hours. The Maryland Transportation Authority police are currently investigating to determine the cause of the accident.

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For more than 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been fighting for people’s rights and protecting their interests in personal injury cases.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in personal injury cases — has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • Client Distinction Award (Client Review Rating of 4.5 or higher on 5.0 scale – less than 4% of 900,000+ attorneys listed by Martindale-Hubbell)
  • 2013 Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry)
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state).
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Highest Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).

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Fatal Car Accident Cases Grip Baltimore Area

Fatal Car Accident Cases Strike Region

Fatal car accidents recently have left a tragic toll on the Baltimore area. On July 1, Anne Arundel County police responded to a report of a fatal car crash on Fort Smallwood Road near Hog Neck Road in Pasadena, according to The Baltimore Sun. A police investigation indicated that a 1996 Saturn made an abrupt turn while attempting to make a u-turn, when it was struck by a pickup truck. An elderly passenger in the truck unfortunately died of his injuries.

Another fatal car accident claimed a life on July 10 on Route 10 in Glen Burnie. The Baltimore Sun reported that a 2003 Dodge pickup apparently crossed the median for unknown reasons, struck a tree, and overturned. Tragically, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

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  • Client Distinction Award (Client Review Rating of 4.5 or higher on 5.0 scale – less than 4% of 900,000+ attorneys listed by Martindale-Hubbell)
  • 2013 Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry)
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law by The American LawyerMagazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state).
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Pedestrian Accident Claims Pasadena Teenager’s Life

Pedestrian Accident in Pasadena Kills 15-year old

A pedestrian accident on Friday, April 12, 2013, resulted in the tragic death of a 15-year old boy in Pasadena, according to the Anne Arundel County Police Department. At 9:25 p.m., police responded to Mountain Road and Alvin Drive in Pasadena.

Three teenagers were walking on the westbound shoulder of Mountain Road. A Ford Expedition also traveling westbound struck two of the teenagers, and then fled the scene. One pedestrian was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Tragically, he died of his injuries.

Police asked anyone with information regarding this pedestrian accident to call them at (410) 222-8573.

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Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

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  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
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Truck Accident Injures Essex Man

Truck Accident Injures Man While Pushing Friend Out of Danger

A truck accident on January 11, 2013 required hospitalization of a 19-year-old Essex man after being injured in a hit-and-run accident in Essex, reported Baltimore County Police.

According to police, the truck accident occurred when a van had stalled on Southeast Boulevard. One person saw a red Ford F-150 pickup truck approaching at a high rate of speed. He pushed another person out of the path of the truck and was thrown to the ground when he was struck by the truck. The driver of the pickup truck did not stop, but police later found the truck in the 2300 block of Poplar Road.

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  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).
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Passengers Injured in BWI Shuttle Bus Accident

Shuttle Bus Accident Injures Three at BWI Airport

A shuttle bus overturned Sunday morning, February 10, 2013, at BWI Airport, causing injuries to three passengers, The Baltimore Sun reported. The shuttle bus overturned near the intersection of Route 170 and Terminal Road at 6:30 a.m.

The Sun reported that three people were hurt. One refused medical treatment and the other two were transported via ambulance to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center with injuries.

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A driver of any vehicle is legally responsible if the driver’s recklessness, carelessness, or negligence is the cause of another person’s injuries, including passengers. This is true of a bus driver when injuries are caused by a bus accident that is the fault of the bus driver. In fact, when a driver is transporting passengers for hire, the law imposes an even higher duty to avoid harm to passengers compared to drivers who are not doing it for hire.

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Mr. Smith successfully handled one shuttle bus accident at BWI Airport in which a police department employee and friend were returning from a vacation trip. They took a shuttle bus from BWI Airport to an airport parking lot company. The shuttle bus driver was driving aggressively and, at one point, slammed on his brakes. This caused the passenger to be thrown forward into the armrest of another seat in the shuttle bus. The armrest padding was missing, causing the woman’s leg to slam against a sharp metal bracket, resulting in a deep laceration and eventual scar. The injured bus passenger received a fair settlement for her injuries, medical expenses, and disfigurement.

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Mt Hebron Students Injured in Car Accident

Car Accident Sends Students to Hospital

On Thursday, January 3, 2013, a car was leaving Mt Hebron High School and attemptingto pull out onto Route 99 when it was struck by a Mack truck, reported The Baltimore Sun. According to the account, the car accident involved a Honda Civic loaded with students that failed to stop at a stop sign when exiting the school’s parking lot.

The car’s driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The four passengers were treated and released from Howard County General Hospital the same evening. No charges were filed against the driver of the Mack truck; Howard County Police did not believe he was speeding or at fault in causing the car accident.

Can a Passenger have a Claim if their Driver is at Fault?

If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, you may have a claim for medical bills; lost income; and pain & suffering. A passenger in a car driven by the at fault driver may still have a valid legal claim because the passenger was not in control of the vehicle and therefore not legally at fault in most cases.

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Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

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