Seatbelts (or safety belts) do serve a valuable function and those who choose not to avail themselves of their protection run the risk of serious injury or even death in the event of a traffic accident. It’s not surprising that the larger the vehicle the more protected an occupant feels, however even commercial truck drivers place their lives in the hands of fate when they do not wear a seatbelt.
As a Maryland trucking accident lawyer and personal injury attorney, I understand the dangers awaiting motorists around every turn on our interstates, highways and urban streets. Whether you drive a tractor-trailer rig, panel truck, tanker or delivery vehicle, safety should be your primary concern. Trucking-related accidents can be deadly, not just for the drivers and occupants of relatively small passenger vehicles, but also to truck drivers themselves.
Not long ago, a Maryland tow truck driver lost his life in King George County when his wrecker apparently collided head-on with a pickup truck on Route 206 not far from Indiantown Road, also known as Route 610.
The crash occurred around 1:30pm on December 28 when a 1995 International-brand tow truck driven by 34-year-old Ryan O. Robinson crossed the centerline and hit an oncoming Ford F-250 traveling eastbound. Robinson, a resident of Montgomery Village, Maryland, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police reported that he had not been wearing his seatbelt.
According to police, the driver of the Ford pickup, 37-year-old David L. Warring of Fredericksburg, VA, was injured during the collision. Warring was treated at the scene by emergency workers and transported by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was subsequently released from the hospital.
Based on the ongoing police investigation, Warring was reportedly wearing his seatbelt. The cause of the crash was still under investigation at the time of the news report, therefore it is unknown if defective equipment was to blame or if it was solely driver error.
Maryland tow truck driver killed in auto accident, Fredericksburg.com, December 29, 2009