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The trucking industry is an essential part of commerce in the U.S., and people in Maryland are likely to see semi-trucks on the road at all hours of the day. The employers of truckers often provide a financial incentive for swift deliveries, but long hours on the road can easily lead to truck driver fatigue. The following is some information on drowsy driving in the trucking industry.

Driving overnight disrupts our circadian rhythm

Many truckers choose to travel overnight when roads are less congested. However, our bodies are naturally drowsy from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Most people are less alert during the nighttime hours, particularly after midnight or if you have been on the road for a long time. Driving during these hours can easily lead to fatigue.

Any person who has spent any amount of time on Maryland highways and interstates has likely encountered multiple tractor-trailers. While many drivers are well-trained professionals, truck accidents with catastrophic consequences are often traced back to a single moment of negligence or distraction. If you are a victim of such an accident, the attorneys at Joel L. Katz, LLC may be able to help.

Because of the difference in size between a tractor-trailer and a more traditional vehicle, an accident can spawn serious injuries, including burns, brain injuries, broken bones or spinal cord injuries. Victims likely have a long, painful recovery period ahead of them. Some may never be able to fully recover.

Medical bills and lost wages can quickly create an additional burden on a person recovering from a serious accident. If the accident was caused by a tractor-trailer driver’s negligence, you may seek to hold the driver responsible for the financial ramifications of the accident. With over 40 years of experience, our attorneys may be able to help you pursue the justice you desire. We will aggressively fight for you, including reviewing police reports and log books as well as seeking to hold all responsible parties accountable.

Some people spend so much time traveling they sometimes become complacent about safety. In order to maintain personal safety and the safety of others, it is imperative that all drivers remain constantly vigilant. This is especially the case for drivers of commercial vehicles as truck driver negligence can have devastating consequences. The family of one Maryland woman is all too aware of this after a fatal accident involving a box truck took her life.

In early February, the 39-year-old woman was stopped behind another vehicle at a stop light. Both cars were waiting to turn left. As she waited, a box truck driven by a 56-year-old man allegedly slammed into the back of her, pushing her car into the car in front of her.

The woman was transported to an area hospital for treatment, but, unfortunately, died later that night. The drivers of the other two vehicles were not injured. Although police continue to investigate the accident, they have stated that the weather does not appear to have caused the collision.

Many people are involved in motor vehicle accidents every week. These accidents range in severity from minor to serious. For many, their worst fear would be involvement in an accident that leaves them trapped in a burning car. One Maryland man, who suffered serious injuries in a truck accident, remains hospitalized after such an accident.

The accident, that actually involved damage to five vehicles, occurred in the afternoon of a late January day. Police claim that a box truck driven by a 33-year-old man slammed into the back of a sedan that was waiting for traffic to clear in order to make a left turn. The force of the impact pushed that car into oncoming traffic where it struck a third vehicle. The box truck also continued into oncoming traffic where it struck a fourth car driven by a 41-year-old man. Both the truck and the fourth vehicle drove over an embankment, where the driver of the car became trapped as the car caught on fire.

Police officers responding to the scene were able to extinguish the fire. After an hour of working to remove the man from the car, emergency responders were finally successful. The man was transported to the hospital by helicopter where he is currently listed in critical condition. The driver of the box truck, who police claim is at-fault, was uninjured. A fifth vehicle, not directly involved in the accident, was damaged by debris.

With all the attention in the news recently about airplane crashes, many people might decide they would rather drive than fly. However, the truth remains that traveling by air is still safer than traveling by car. One major hazard while traveling by car is truck accidents. While most truck drivers are skilled and conscientious, these type of accidents still happen, with a large potential of causing death or serious injury. For example, one woman is in critical condition this morning after a collision with a tractor-trailer in Maryland.

The accident occurred in late-July, closing one road in Maryland for over five hours. According to police reports, the 63-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer was trying to turn left. Unfortunately, he allegedly turned into the path of a car driven by a 28-year-old woman.

Reportedly, the front end of the car was separated from the rest of the car. The woman was airlifted to a local hospital and listed in critical condition. No information regarding potential criminal charges has been provided, likely because the investigation remains in its preliminary stages.

Anyone who has driven on the interstate knows that they are filled with semi-trucks. The American economy largely relies on these types of trucks. While most drivers are well-trained and safe, the sheer size of the vehicle likely ensures that truck accidents are frequently dangerous, causing injury and damage. One young woman is recovering today after a collision with a semi-truck sent her over a bridge in Maryland.

The accident occurred in the late evening of a mid-July day. The accident happened about a quarter of the way across a bridge when a tractor trailer struck a 22-year-old’s car. The impact of the collision sent the car over the bridge wall and plunging 40 feet into the bay below. Luckily, the woman was able to escape the vehicle once in the water.

Although she suffered several fractures, she was able to swim almost 30 feet to safety. She is expected to recover from her injuries, but she is in serious condition and will likely need time to recover. Another vehicle was also involved in the collision, but no additional injuries have been reported. The accident backed up traffic for miles, causing some people to wait for hours to cross the bridge. There is currently no information regarding any charges filed; however, the investigation is most likely still ongoing.

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