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Impact of Drowsy Driving

Unlike drunk driving and distracted driving, drowsy driving is an issue that too many people do not take seriously. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. In fact, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), up to 100,000 wrecks are caused by drowsy » Read More

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Electronic Logging Devices

Until recently, commercial truck drivers had been using paper logbooks to keep track of their hours of service (HOS). However, effective December 18, 2017, truck drivers were required to switch to electronic logging devices (ELDs), which automatically record a driver’s activity while they are on duty. The following facts provide additional insight into the benefits » Read More

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Common Causes of Accidents

Due to the immense size and weight of large commercial trucks, they can cause massive damage and life-threatening injuries when they are involved in a wreck. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2010, large truck accidents were responsible for 3,413 fatalities. Of those fatal truck accidents, 14 percent of the victims were » Read More

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: One Change to Trucks Could Save Lives

Trucks commonly populate the roads and are necessary to transporting goods around town and across the country. Despite these positive attributes, this also means that motorists driving smaller vehicles are vulnerable around tractor-trailers and may be in danger of engaging in disastrous wrecks resulting in damage to their vehicles and potentially fatal injuries. One of » Read More

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Fitness Determination Rule

In January of 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a safety fitness determination (SFD) rule that determined whether a motor carrier was considered fit to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). After some controversy, and pushback from national transportation groups, as well as state and regional associations, the FMCSA decided to withdraw » Read More

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Data Sharing to Improve Safety

Truck accidents can cause massive property damage and devastating, often fatal injuries. Over the years, state traffic centers, commercial carrier companies, and truck drivers have collected a vast amount of important and useful data about some of the problems facing the trucking industry. In an effort to improve delivery performance and maximize safety, researchers recommend » Read More

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Overnight Rest Breaks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has dropped a requirement for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers that obligated them to rest overnight as part of hours of service (HOS) regulations. The Department of Transportation (DOT) made the decision based on the results of a study that compared two groups of CMV drivers. One study » Read More

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Unhealthy Truck Drivers More Accident Prone

A career in trucking has an unfortunate reputation for fostering an unhealthy lifestyle. Truck driving typically involves a great deal of sitting, very little exercise, and too much unhealthy fast-food. In addition, truck drivers are often under a great deal of pressure to meet deadlines, which can be extremely stressful. While there are several factors » Read More

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Truck Accidents On the Rise

Each year in the United States, there are approximately 11 million trucks traveling on roadways across the country. While trucks comprise only 4.7% of the total vehicles on the road, they are involved in 12.4% of all fatal traffic accidents.  Prior to 2009, there was a steady decline in the number of truck accidents across » Read More

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: High Winds

When rain, snow, or ice causes dangerous road conditions, trucks drivers are required to reduce their driving speed by as much as one third, and to refrain from driving altogether if the conditions become dangerous. One weather condition that is often overlooked is high winds, possibly because there is nothing visible that alerts drivers to » Read More