Wide Load: When You End Up in a Maryland Truck Crash With a Double Rig
We all know the dangers of large trucks on the road, but big as they are, semi-trucks are not the biggest. Even more dangerous than a tractor-trailer combination is a tractor-trailer with another trailer attached. The larger the vehicle, the harder it is for the driver to quickly maneuver the vehicle to avoid a crash. Any type of tractor-trailer accident in Maryland can end in serious injury or even death. A semi carrying a double or triple trailer is much bigger and therefore an even higher risk for causing a serious Maryland truck accident.
When the state of Maryland grants a driver the right to transport a double- or triple-rig, this responsibility should be taken seriously. A person who is transporting a double or triple trailer must be certified to do so. The right to drive these extra-large vehicles requires additional training and a specialized skills test to get the endorsement, noted on the trucker’s license with a T. Other restrictions also apply to double or triple trailers:
- Drivers must be at least 21 years old (as opposed to 18 for smaller trucks).
- Some larger loads may only be driven during daylight hours.
- Typically, these trucks are allowed on highways only.
While most truck drivers are responsible and follow the rules, there are always a few who choose to do things their own way. When that happens, innocent people may end up the victim. If you were involved in a Maryland truck crash involving a double or triple trailer, you may very well be dealing with serious injury, expensive medical bills, and a long recovery. We can help you get the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Talk to an experienced Southern Maryland truck accident lawyer by calling Nickelsporn and Lundin at 800-875-9700.