Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog

Earlier this month, an eight-vehicle accident near New Haven, Connecticut, claimed two lives, including a 61-year-old woman from Maryland. According to one local Connecticut news source, the accident took place on Interstate 95 southbound, at around 5:30 in the morning.

truck-1524620Evidently, a semi-truck traveling in the southbound lanes of travel veered off the road near exit 70, crashed into the guard rail, and then slammed into an abutment. The contents of the truck spilled across the road, and the truck caught fire. The driver of the truck was pulled out by emergency crew members and immediately taken to the hospital, where he was admitted with serious injuries.

Seven other vehicles were also involved in the fatal accident, with a total of two people losing their lives. One 61-year-old woman from Maryland and another 38-year-old woman from Alabama both died as a result of the injuries they sustained in the accident. Two others were injured in the accident but suffered only minor injuries. Three people were not injured at all and were able to immediately go home.

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Earlier this week near Dover, Delaware, a dump truck driver crashed his truck into the rear of a semi-truck that was parked on the side of the highway. Thankfully, no one was injured as a result. According to one local Delaware news report, the accident took place in the southbound lanes of Delaware Route 1 at around five in the morning.

unusual-dumper-1514977Evidently, the operator of the dump truck was heading south on Delaware 1 when he became momentarily distracted and drifted off the road and into the right median. As the truck made its way off the road, it collided with a semi-truck that had parked under an overpass on the highway. The force from the collision pushed the semi-truck some 300 feet down the highway and up onto a grassy embankment. The dump truck ended up toppling over on its side a few hundred feet from the point of collision.

The operator of the semi-truck was in the sleeper area of the truck at the time of the collision and was surprisingly not injured at all in the accident. The driver of the dump truck was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and he was released after just a few hours. Both drivers were ticketed by police after the accident, the dump truck driver for inattentive driving and the semi-truck operator for parking in a no-stopping zone.

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Earlier this month, two men were killed as a result of an head-on accident between a semi-truck and a passenger car. According to one local news source, the accident occurred at around 2:30 in the morning on Interstate 70, near Hancock, Maryland.

truck-1427133Evidently, the driver of the semi-truck was heading east in his proper lane of travel when the passenger car crossed over the center line, colliding with the truck. The force from the accident then sent the truck into a nearby abutment on the side of the road. By the time emergency responders arrived on the scene, the truck driver was pronounced dead. The passenger in the other vehicle, a 22-year-old male, also died in the accident.

The driver of the car, a 57-year-old woman from Fruitland, was taken to Shock Trauma and is in serious condition. She is the mother of the passenger who died in the accident.

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In what is certainly one of the most catastrophic truck accidents to date, 28 people have been pronounced dead and over 140 hospitalized after a dump truck lost control in Mazapil, Mexico, when its brakes failed. According to a Yahoo! News report, the accident occurred as hundreds of worshippers were on their way to Saint Gregorio Magno Church.

dumper-2-1239143Evidently, the large group of people were on a pilgrimage to the church when the fatal accident occurred. As the dump truck driver approached the crowd, the truck’s brakes failed, sending it into another vehicle. The dump truck, which was full of tons of sand, then continued on into the crowd of 300 people.

After the carnage, over 140 were taken to the hospital. As of the time of this article’s publication, there were still 31 hospitalized, 10 of whom were still in critical condition. Fourteen people died on the scene, and another 14 have died since, either on the way to the hospital or while at the hospital.

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Earlier this month near Richmond, Virginia, two men on motorcycles were killed when they were both struck by a semi-truck driver. According to one local Virginia news source, the semi-truck driver is facing charges based on the belief that he fell asleep while behind the wheel in the moments before the fatal accident.

bikes-and-crowd-1457141According to one witness, the semi-truck drifted out of the southbound-middle lane and onto the side of the highway, where there were about six motorcyclists who had pulled off the road. Evidently, the motorcyclists were on their way to a motorcycle rally in Atlanta, Georgia.

Witnesses told reporters that once the semi-truck left the roadway, it collided with all six motorcycles. One man was standing next to his bike and was struck by the semi-truck. That man was pronounced dead by emergency workers at the scene of the accident. There were five others who were injured as well, most of them sitting on their bikes as the truck came crashing through. Thankfully, they are all expected to recover from their injuries.

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Earlier this month in Orange County, New York, three teens were killed and another seriously injured in an accident that occurred while they were out on the road with a driving instructor for their driver’s education class. According to one local New York news source, the accident occurred when a tractor-trailer entered the intersection and T-boned the teens’ vehicle.

red-light-1447414Evidently, the intersection gives red flashing signals to one direction and yellow flashing signals to the other. The teens stopped at the red signal and then proceeded through the intersection. The truck driver drove through the yellow flashing signal and was unable to stop in time, colliding with the teens’ vehicle.

A 16-year-old girl was driving the vehicle at the time, and the instructor was in the front passenger seat. There were three teenage males in the back seat. Two of the males in the back were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. The driver and third back-seat passenger were airlifted to a nearby hospital and admitted in critical condition. While the teenage driver was ultimately released, the third male teen succumbed to his injuries and passed away a few days after the accident. Both the driving instructor and the driver of the truck were also admitted to the hospital with serious injuries. However, they are both are expected to make full recoveries.

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Earlier this month in Carroll County, Virginia, one man was killed when he was involved in a semi-truck accident. According to one local news source, the accident took place around eight in the morning in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77, near mile marker 22.

truck-1239018Evidently, the semi-truck was towing two trailers and traveling in the northbound lanes when the driver lost control of the vehicle. As the driver attempted to regain control, the truck crossed over the median and entered into the northbound lanes. The large truck and two trailers then tipped over in the middle of the highway. A passing Chevrolet Aveo was unable to avoid the truck in the middle of the road and collided with the second of the truck’s trailers.

The driver of the semi-truck sustained fatal injuries in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. The driver of the Chevrolet Aveo sustained minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. She is expected to make a full recovery. Police have not determined what the cause of the fatal truck accident was, but an investigation is ongoing.

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Earlier this week in Beltsville, Maryland, one man was killed when a semi-truck crashed through a construction site on Interstate 95. According to one local news report, the fatal truck accident took place at around 1:30 in the morning near the crossing with Md. 200.

construction-workers-872475-mEvidently, the right lane and the ramp of Interstate 95 northbound were both closed for an ongoing construction project. As the semi-truck was heading north, it failed to negotiate a turn in the road and crashed into a truck with lighted arrow signs on top of it placed to direct traffic away from the project. Both the warning truck as well as the semi-truck continued down the highway after the initial collision and struck another construction vehicle before running over the 65-year-old construction worker.

Preliminary reports indicate that the construction crew had placed all appropriate traffic-control and warning devices. The driver of the semi-truck was taken to the hospital as well, although with only minor injuries.

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Earlier this month in Cresskill, a middle-school student was struck and killed by a semi-truck as he was riding his bike to school. According to one local news source, the tragic accident took place in the morning hours on Grant Avenue.

crossing-1-644440-mEvidently, the driver of the semi-truck was making a left turn onto Grant Avenue when he struck the student, who was riding his bike at the time. The student was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency workers. The cause of death was listed as blunt-force trauma to the head.

A crossing guard who witnessed the accident told reporters that she first noticed the truck because she thought it couldn’t make the turn onto Grant Avenue. Then, she said she heard the truck’s driver screaming “Oh my God! Oh my God!” She then discovered that the young boy had been hit. The same crossing guard told reporters that “it was just a tragic accident” and that “nobody should be blamed.” However, she also told reporters that she had scolded the young boy earlier in the week for riding his bike too fast while on his way to school.

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Earlier this month in Prince George’s County, a semi-truck overturned and spilled its load of potatoes all over the Capital Beltway, causing major delays and injuring the driver. According to one local news source, the accident took place early on a Wednesday morning on the Capital Beltway, right before Pennsylvania Avenue in Forestville.

potato-texture-1399901-mEvidently, the driver of the truck sustained a major injury to his arm and was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. The accident also resulted in one lane of the Beltway being closed for most of the morning rush hour. Also inside the truck’s cab was a pit-bull belonging to the truck’s driver. She has yet to be found.

Police investigating the accident told reporters that it looks as though the driver of the truck may have fallen asleep prior to the accident. However, the investigation into the cause of the accident is still ongoing. Charges against the driver may later be filed, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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