Truck wrecks in Maryland can be due to a number of various factors. Most people are quick to pin the blame of a Maryland tractor trailer crash on the driver of the truck, but this is not always the case. According to information gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), the #1 cause of truck crashes is not due to driver negligence!
As an additional surprise, neither is the #2 factor!
According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, the top 10 causes of semi-truck crashes are:
1. Problems with brakes
2. Traffic flow interruption (previous crash, congestion)
3. Prescription drug use
4. Traveling too fast for conditions
5. Unfamiliar with roadway (driven less than 6 times in 6 months)
6. Roadway related issues
7. Driver required stopping before crash (traffic control device, etc...)
8. Over-the-counter drug use
9. Weather related factors
10. Inadequate surveillance
Truck accidents are very complicated and are substantially different than automobile accidents. There are many different entities that may be held at full or partial fault for the accident. For this very reason, it is especially important to ensure you work with an attorney who understands all aspects of a Maryland 18-wheeler accident case.
Contact a Silver Spring tractor trailer crash lawyer at Nickelsporn & Lundin by calling 1-800-875-9700. We not only offer you a free, no obligation consultation, but also guarantee that you will not pay any case expenses or legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.