Truck accidents are much more dangerous than typical passenger car crashes, due to their incredible size and weight. A passenger vehicle weighs an average of 4,000 pounds, while an 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. It’s easy to see how trucking accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and death – mainly to the occupants of the passenger vehicle.

Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents are driver error, poor vehicle maintenance, equipment failure, inclement weather, and improper cargo loading.

Commercial trucks drive thousands of miles every day. To keep up with the wear and tear these vehicles endure, trucking companies, drivers, and maintenance crews must regularly maintain them. Equipment failure, such as worn brake pads or a cracked windshield, can cause a major traffic accident. It’s a driver’s responsibility to check their vehicle at the beginning of every shift and submit a vehicle maintenance report. Failure to do so can be fatal. Poor maintenance isn’t the only thing that can cause a truck’s equipment to fail at a dangerous moment. Equipment manufacturers may be guilty of negligence during a part’s production as well.

In order to protect your rights, it is important for your litigation team to understand the ins and outs of state and federal trucking regulations. At Potter Burnett Law, we have the experience, insight, and knowledge to properly handle your claim.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, let Potter Burnett Law fight to provide you with the justice and compensation you deserve.


Legal representation for truck accident victims in: Charles County, PG County, Anne Arundel County, and the Maryland/DC/Metro area.