You do not need a background in physics to know that truck accidents are among the most devastating incidents that plague Maryland roadways. Every year, there are more than 3,750 crashes involving semis, 18-wheelers, and other big rigs, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data for Maryland. Around 45 people are killed in these incidents, while almost 1,800 victims suffer injuries. Worse, the figures for 2022 are on track to exceed previous years. Total truck accidents in Maryland could hit 3,900, leading to almost 60 fatalities.
The potential for massive destruction is what prompted the FMCSA to enact rules for holders of commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs). The regulations aim to prevent truck collisions, but there are also requirements intended to minimize the effects when a crash does occur. As a result, violations can lead to horrific consequences. Trust an Owings Mills truck accident attorney to assist with your legal remedies if you were hurt, and read on for an overview.
Common Violations of FMCSA Rules
The main reason that truck collisions occur is driver negligence, which generally refers to the breach of the duty to drive safely. When CDL holders do not comply with the special FMCSA rules that apply to them. Accidents are more likely and far more catastrophic. Examples include the following:
- Hour of Service (HOS): Truck operators are required to keep their working hours under a certain level to avoid fatigue since drowsy driving is a significant risk.
- Weight Limitations: All vehicles covered by FMCSA rules must comply with rules on the weight of the truck, trailer, and cargo.
- Insurance Requirements: Truck drivers must carry insurance policies that are much higher than the average motorist, to cover the massive destruction that results.
- Drunk and Drugged Driving: The laws impose a blood alcohol content (BAC) for measuring impairment, and it is lower than .08%, which is the legal limit in all US states.
FMCSA Rules Violations and Truck Accident Claims
Negligence is the reason that truck crashes happen, but it is also the theory of liability that you must prove to recover compensation. Part of the duty to drive safely is complying with all laws, including basic traffic regulations in Maryland that apply to all motorists. For CDL holders, the duty extends to compliance with FMCSA rules.
A violation could lead to serious penalties for the CDL holder, but your rights are separate from any action taken by the FMCSA. Plus, a ticket does not automatically prove your truck accident claim. It is solid evidence of negligence, however, if you can also show that the violation was the cause of the collision. Monetary damages in truck accident cases may include:
- Medical costs;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering; and,
- Other losses thataffect your quality of life.
Set up a Free Consultation with a Baltimore County, MD Truck Accident Lawyer
It is disturbing to know that some CDL holders shirk FMCSA regulations. But rest assured you have legal options after suffering harm in a truck crash. For more information, please contact attorney Michael A. Freedman. You can call 410.363.6848 or go online to schedule a no-cost case review.