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Was crash caused by truck driver error or equipment failure?

Occupants of passenger vehicles have little chance of escaping accidents unscathed if big rigs are involved. In fact, the consequences of such crashes in Maryland frequently include catastrophic injuries and fatalities. While many such collisions are blamed on truck driver error, equipment failure has been found to cause many commercial vehicle accidents.

Although most truckers comply with prescribed regulations, some disregard safety guidelines by overloading their vehicles or failure to ensure loads are balanced and cargo secured adequately. Drivers' abilities could also be impaired by fatigue, alcohol or drug use. However, in many cases, employers fail to provide the necessary specialized training to big rig drivers. In other instances, drivers might have to deal with unrealistic deadlines and work schedules that force them to drive for more than the allowed hours before resting.

A variety of systems and moving parts operate at the same time to keep commercial trucks running. However, if even one of those components malfunctions, a catastrophic accident might follow. The owners of big rigs are responsible for establishing maintenance schedules that will ensure each vehicle in their fleet is serviced frequently. Even truck operators with excellent safety records can be involved in accidents that are caused by equipment failure.

Following truck accidents, injured victims might be entitled to pursue financial relief through the Maryland civil justice system. Most people choose to seek the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney. A lawyer can determine whether truck driver error caused the crash, in which case the driver, his or her employer, and any separate owner of the vehicle might be sued for damages. If equipment failure is to blame, possible defendants can include the manufacturer of the defective part, the mechanic or another installer of the part, the company responsible for refurbishing it and the sales entity.

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