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BALTIMORE — An eighteen-wheeler can tip the scales at as much as 80,000 pounds, or about twenty times what the average car today weighs. In part because of a shortage of experienced professionals, many of these behemoths are now piloted by young, inexperienced drivers. That can spell danger for others on the road, as a new public awareness campaign by Robinson & Associates aims to make clear.
In one widely reported incident last year, for example, a novice trucker crossed three lanes of traffic, forcing an innocent motorist on her way to work at her medical practice into a jersey wall barrier where her vehicle caught fire and was totally engulfed in flames. While a good Samaritan (also struck by the negligent truck driver) pulled the woman from the flames and saved her life, the young asian truck driver from California ran away from the scene on foot. With a brand new public awareness campaign underway, visitors to marylandaccident.com can learn more about how dangerous a truck accident can be, especially when less experienced drivers are involved.
“There are quite a few responsible, experienced professional drivers on the roads today, with some racking up many years of service without an accident,” said Robinson & Associates founder Bruce Robinson. “Unfortunately, demand for CDL holders is now so high that too many inexperienced truck drivers end up posing a deadly threat to other motorists on Maryland’s roads. While even a routine-seeming car accident can result in substantial personal injury to those involved, the damage that results from a 18 wheel truck accident will often be orders of magnitude worse. Bruce Robinson & Associates is committed to helping motorists learn about the very real dangers associated with young, inexperienced CDL and commercial drivers and how they can protect themselves.”
Every year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration compiles a special report titled Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts. The most recent edition of the study established that more than 415,000 accidents involving large trucks were reported to police in 2015, with around one percent of these resulting in fatalities and one-fifth causing injuries to at least one involved party. Of those who die in truck accidents each year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an average of seven in ten are occupants of far smaller passenger vehicles.
As the new Robinson & Associates public awareness campaign will help make clear, one factor that contributes to these concern-provoking statistics is the presence on the nation’s roads and highways of many young, inexperienced commercial drivers. As a 2015 analysis by the American Trucking Associations pointed out, employers reported a shortage of nearly 40,000 drivers in 2014 alone, leading some to rely too heavily on younger CDL truck drivers who would benefit from more training, oversight, and experience. Visitors to can learn more about this issue and others, including how best to respond in the event of any kind of car or truck accident and when to communicate with the insurance company.
About Robinson & Associates:
With millions of dollars in compensation secured for clients, Robinson & Associates is one of Baltimore’s leading catastrophic personal injury and medical malpractice law firms.