Commercial and delivery truck accidents, like many traffic crashes on Maryland roadways, can range in severity from mild to tragically fatal. Unlike automobile and motorcycle wrecks, a trucking accident can maim or kill many people due to the size and mass of these larger motor vehicles.
As a Baltimore auto accident lawyer and personal injury attorney, I have the skills and training to represent the victims of these types of traffic collisions in Fredrick, Hagerstown, Cumberland and other towns and cities throughout Maryland. In cases of fatal trucking wrecks, a victim’s family can be left with massive medical bills, not to mention lost wages following a breadwinner’s untimely death.
Single-vehicle traffic accidents, while not uncommon, can still result in the severe injury or death of the driver. Due to the shear size of a semi tractor-trailer, truck drivers can be killed in a crash when the load in the trailer becomes a projectile itself. Whether the accident is due to another driver’s negligence or defective vehicle equipment, such as improperly maintained tires, brakes or other critical automotive component, the results can be devastating.
Such was the case a while back when the driver of an 18-wheeler was killed on the Capital Beltway’s inner loop. According to police reports, 49-year-old Jeffrey Todd Meade died when his semi overturned on the roadway. Police believe that the truck driver may have attempted to swerve his tractor-trailer to avoid hitting another vehicle stopped in the roadway.
The accident, which tied up traffic for several hours, occurred just before the Old Georgetown Road exit at around 5am just prior to the Monday morning commute. Based on news reports, Maryland State police believe the driver of a passenger car may have been stopped in the Beltway’s active lanes prior to the accident. That man, 28-year-old Romolio James of Germantown, MD, was taken to Suburban Hospital with serious injuries as a result of the crash.
Virginia Man Dead after Tractor Trailer Overturned on Beltway, Patch.com, October 18, 2010
Tractor-trailer crash makes mess of Beltway traffic, WTOPNews.com, October 18, 2010