Maryland State Police are reporting that a 77 year old woman may face traffic violations after driving the wrong way and crashing head on into a tractor trailer hauling fertilizer earlier this month.
Police said the woman was driving her Jeep Cherokee westbound in the eastbound lane on Route 50 when she collided into the tractor trailer. Her car spun out across all three lanes, hitting a Hummer and a Dodge Durango. The tractor trailer went into the median and hit a pickup truck.
The driver and two other individuals were flown to Shock Trauma. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.
While in this case a large truck was involved in the accident, based upon the facts as reported, it appears that the blame was on the driver of the jeep.
Trucking accidents are not like accidents involving other types of vehicles. In Maryland, commercial drivers are held to specific standards under Maryland’s commercial vehicle law. A violation of those rules may be enough to hold a driver liable if they end up involved in a collision due to their potential error.
In this case, however, the Maryland State Police actually commended the driver of the tractor-trailer for maintaining control of his vehicle after being struck head on. While he could have easily crossed over into oncoming traffic, he was able to successfully park his truck in the median.
In most accidents involving a tractor trailer or semi-truck the outcome is not as favorable. Large trucks require a longer distance for stopping time, and due to their sheer size and weight, can cause a considerable amount of damage, including causing serious personal injuries, and in some cases death. If a truck driver’s negligence was responsible for causing your injuries, you may be able to recover financially for your injuries and related expenses, which can include medical bills, physical therapy, occupational therapy, lost wages, and disability.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident that occurred in Maryland or Washington D.C., you should consult with a personal injury law firm that has the skills and experience to handle tractor-trailer and semi-truck accident cases. Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC is a full service personal injury law firm. Our Maryland truck accident attorneys have extensive experience in helping victims of trucking accidents recover the damages they are entitled to. We have helped many clients who have been the victims of truck accidents, and who have suffered the interruption of their lives due to physical and emotional injuries, the imposition of hospital and medical bills, and financial losses, including lost wages and property damage. Contact us today in order to schedule your free initial consultation. You can reach us through our website, or by calling 1-800-654-1949.
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Traffic Accident Investigation Suggests Commercial Bus Driver was at Fault in Fatal Charter Bus Crash, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 23, 2013
Two Maryland Residents Die in Car-Truck Crash along Interstate 95 in Harford County, MD, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 9, 2013