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Truck accidents can be avoided in Maryland with a few safety tips

In Maryland, truck accidents often happen because of distracted driving. The Maryland Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Administration states that means three different things: you take your eyes off the road, you take your hands off the wheel or your mind is not on the road.

MDOT encourages all of us to limit distractions on the road, including texting, talking on your cellphone or, more traditionally, by changing the music being played or interacting with others in the truck.

According to MDOT, Motor Vehicle Administration, Distracted Driving website, in 2011, there were 231 people who died and 29,050 were injured in car accidents in Maryland alone due to distracted driving. Seventy-eight percent of those who died between 2007 and 2011 were males and 53 percent of the injured were men also.

Maryland restricts the use of cellphones while driving unless you have a hands free device. The first time you are ticketed for this, it will cost you $40. After that, it is $100 per offense. You have to have been stopped by the authorities for something other than cellphone usage because that is a secondary offense.

Texting, like talking on your cellphone, is against the law for truck drivers who are currently moving. In other words, if you are stopped or have pulled over, you can use your phone to text. If you are using a global positioning system or calling 911, that is allowable. Using your phone to text while driving is a misdemeanor, and you could end up with a $500 fine.

In order to stay focused while driving, MDOT says that you should pull over to talk on your phone or send a text. You could also ask your passenger to take the call for you. Having a stressful discussion while driving is not a good idea, and neither is eating. Both can cause a truck accident.

Being safe on the road in a truck is important for everyone. If you have suffered injuries in a truck accident through no fault of your own, you may want to contact a legal professional who can guide you through the legal system and get you the remuneration you deserve.

Source: State of Maryland Statutes, "Maryland Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Administration" Sep. 09, 2014

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