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Maryland develops plan to reduce aggressive truck driving

Being involved in a semi-truck accident can be a harrowing experience. In Maryland, semi-truck accidents are a common occurrence. Staying safe is a concern not only of every vehicle driver but also to the authorities of the state of Maryland. They have developed a traffic safety plan called the Maryland Strategic Highway Plan.

It is an all-inclusive and synchronized document that provides ideas for reducing the high number of deaths and injuries that happen on highways and roads due to car and truck accidents.

The plan involves different aspects, with one of them being reducing the problem of aggressive driving. This is a grave concern because it involves semi-truck drivers who regularly drive recklessly in order to cut down the time they spend delivering goods. It is considered one of Maryland's highest safety issues.

While aggressive drivers were of the younger set, ages 20 to 29, they accounted for only 22 percent of the crashes statewide. It appears that drivers who are in their twenties were injured more often and killed almost three times more often than those who are older.

When you encounter an aggressive truck driver, it can be horrifying because they are so much bigger, heavier and more powerful than your vehicle. Aggressive truck drivers are mostly male.

The male drivers as a whole account for 60 percent of the drivers who are aggressive and are involved in crashes. It is reported that truck and vehicle crash numbers have risen every year from 2008 to 2012. Most often, the months of February through November see a steady rise, while the later months are the deadliest.

Maryland has many semi-trucks on the road and state authorities are taking their driving seriously. They have joined a national organization with several other states that is setting a goal of "Toward Zero Deaths." This goal is set to reduce all accidents, including truck accidents, in half by 2030. Annually, until 2030, the reduction represents a 3.1 percent drop.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may want to seek the counsel of a legal professional who knows the statutes and laws of the state of Maryland. Having a skilled individual by your side can be invaluable at a time like this.

Source: Maryland Department of Transportation, "Maryland strategic highway safety plan" Oct. 20, 2014

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