The most common, fatal type of tractor-trailer accident in Maryland is a tractor rollover. A potential design defect is frequently to blame, although driver error, improperly loaded cargo, over-speeding, jackknife accidents, driving under the influence, tire blowout, and poor weather or road conditions could all be factors as well.
Injuries sustained in a tractor rollover include crushing, falling, entanglement, laceration, broken bones, brain injuries, head trauma, amputation, and death. And the reason for this is fairly self-evident; while cars are designed to protect the people inside of them in the event of an accident, they are not designed to withstand the force of getting into a collision with a significantly larger and more powerful vehicle.
Tractor-trailers are not only larger than other vehicles on the roads, but they operate very differently and, as most are aware, require a different license than a standard motor vehicle license to operate. While they provide a valuable function in our society, in large part because they are the most inexpensive way to transport goods which in turn, reduces costs for consumers, the risks they present on our roadways are significant.
Well-maintained and operated equipment can last for decades without leading to serious damages or injuries on the road. And moreover, newer vehicles also have specific safety regulations in place, such as a Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS), to avoid accidents. But no matter how sophisticated the technology, tractor-trailers are only as safe as the drivers who operate them and those drivers are human beings who occasionally make mistakes. And this is especially true since the average tractor-trailer driver spends significantly more time on the roadways than standard drivers like you or me.
Claims arising from tractor-trailer accidents can also be complex and difficult to navigate. Since many such accidents involve serious injury – and in some cases death – insurance companies tend to fight them aggressively. It is therefore essential that you have an experienced and top rated personal injury lawyer in your corner who can fight back and protect your rights.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor-trailer accident, don’t hesitate in contacting Dubo Law today at [company-phone id=1] for your free consultation. We have extensive experience in this area and will use that skill and experience to ensure that you are fully compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.