heavy truck traffic continues to impact the daily travels of motorists. Truck
accident rates in the state remain high due to bumper-to-bumper traffic on Interstate
95 and the Baltimore Beltway, as well as commercial vehicle traffic on busy
routes such as Interstate 70, Interstate 81 and Interstate 83. Every year more
than 1,500 fatal and non-fatal truck accidents occur on Maryland roadways. If
you've been involved in a truck accident and are struggling with injuries as a
result, it's vital that you're represented by an attorney who has the litigation
experience to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. See how
Michael can help with your case.
I regularly engage in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Maryland:
- American Association for Justice, Philadelphia (July 12, 2008)
Topic: Finding Insurance In Truck Litigation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.
There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Bethesda may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Maryland Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.
For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in Maryland, visit our Maryland Trucking Laws page.
Your truck accident case may be larger than you think. My experience often enables me to maximize awards, well beyond what the co-counsel originally expected. My book Litigating Truck Accident Cases, published by West Publishing, is considered the definitive work on handling truck accident cases. Contact me if you are seeking co-counsel on your case.
Fatal Truck Accidents: 63 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 1,497 per year
Accident Locales: 43%(Rural), 57%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 57% of Maryland's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Maryland.
In 87% of Maryland's truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 68: From Hancock, Maryland, I-68 stretches to Morgantown, West Virginia east of the Appalachian Development Highway System. Its 81 miles in Maryland includes an interchange at Cumberland, Maryland.
Interstate 70: Spanning from Utah to Baltimore, I-70 is a major east-west route. It's 94 miles in Maryland connect Baltimore with the cities of Hancock, Hagerstown and Frederick.
Interstate 81: Though I-81 is a major north-south American Interstate running from Tennessee to New York, only 11 of its miles pass through Maryland (near Hagerstown).
Interstate 83: From Baltimore to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, I-83 is a major Maryland/Pennsylvania connector spending 37 miles in Maryland.
Interstate 95: The most heavily trafficked highway on America's east coast and in the state, I-95 extends from Miami to Maine. The 110 miles that pass through Maryland include the Baltimore Metro Region, including spur routes I-195, I-395, I-895, I-795 and I-695 also known as the Baltimore Beltway.
Interstate 97: Completely contained within Anne Arundel County, Maryland, I-97 runs just 18 miles from Annapolis to Baltimore.