As personal injury and trucking accident attorneys, we at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC know how over-matched a passenger vehicle is when it comes up against a semi tractor-trailer. Over-the-road rigs weigh many times more than even the largest SUV or pickup truck, much less a small family sedan or compact sport utility vehicle. Like it or not, truck drivers hold the lives of the driving public in their hands when operating these heavy-duty vehicles on public roads. A recent trucking-related crash on the Pulaski Expressway near White Marsh, MD, proves this point.
According to news reports, Linda and Charles Buckland of Edgewood, Maryland, were traveling westbound on the Pulaski Expressway around 1:45am on the morning of Sunday, October 11, when their vehicle collided with a Kenworth tractor that was entering the highway from nearby Stevens Road.
Reportedly, the Buckland’s 2003 Chevrolet Tracker, a compact SUV, was severely damaged in the accident, which fatally injured the driver, 57-year-old Mrs. Buckland. Mr. Buckland, 62, who was riding in the passenger seat, was seriously injured in the early morning wreck, according to police.
Emergency medical services (EMS) transported both husband and wife to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center where Linda Buckland was treated by doctors and hospital staff. Charles Buckland was listed as critical condition, however his wife was declared dead by medical personnel later that morning.
The truck driver, Irvin Jones of Dublin, Virginia, was apparently uninjured in the fatal accident. According to reports, Maryland police have pressed charges against Jones for multiple violations in connection with the wreck.
In an accident of this type, with the disparity in size between the individual vehicles, the outcome is not surprising. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of another driver’s negligence, you should by all means consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn about your options. Medical expenses, lost wages and other financial costs to you or your family may be at stake.
One killed in truck-SUV crash in White Marsh, BaltimoreSun.com, October 12, 2009