Maryland Truck and Tractor-Trailer AccidentsWithout the trucks ferrying our food, clothing, cars, and medicine all over the country, the country would come to a stand still. Hence, these big vehicles must share the road with the rest of us. Just the idea of truck or a big rig heading your way out of control is scary enough. Sadly, these truck and tractor-trailers are involved in accidents with regular passenger cars on a daily basis, resulting in devastating consequences. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s regulates the trucking industry. Aimed at ensuring the safety of our roads, these regulations include issues such as:
- Driver qualifications – Typically drivers need a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
- Work hour restrictions – To avoid dangerous fatigued driving or sleeping at the wheel, truck drivers cannot exceed certain driving hours.
- Truck maintenance – Regular upkeep of critical safety systems is required.
- Securing Cargo – You have seen the weight stations whose job is to make sure weight limits are followed. Drivers naturally need to make sure cargo is secured and is not going to all onto the roadway. .