Maryland State Police reported that they had identified the driver of a box truck who was killed in an accident on I-95 near the Riverside exit in Harford County Monday morning as a 21 year old man from Baltimore.
State Police said that the driver was traveling southbound on I-95 in a 2006 Sterling box truck when he lost control for unknown reasons. The accident occurred at approximately 7:50 a.m. near the Route 543 interchange, Exit 80, and no other vehicles were involved.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s 25 year old female passenger was reportedly flown by Police Medevac to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of injuries from the crash. Her condition was reported as stable shortly thereafter.
The tragedy, which occurred earlier this month, was the third highway related death in Harford County since June 21. In fact, at least three major accidents occurred on Md. I-95 alone within the span of a few weeks.
While the exact reason the accident occurred has not yet been not reported (or discovered) in this case, driver fatigue remains one of the main causes of trucking accidents. As professionals, truck drivers are are required to adhere to specific federal and state safety regulations, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Despite these regulations, some trucking companies provide incentives for drivers to deliver cargo on time or ahead of schedule, causing the drivers to sacrifice safety for the sake of speed. When this happens, both the driver and the company that employs the driver should be held accountable for any injuries sustained as a result of driver exhaustion.
In Maryland, commercial drivers are held to specific standards, and any lawyer that is handling a trucking accident case has to be familiar with Maryland’s commercial vehicle laws. A violation of the commercial vehicle laws may be sufficient to hold a driver liable if something goes wrong while they’re out on the road.
Additionally, in some cases, commercial trucks will be equipped with “black boxes,” or video cameras, which record information from the truck. The recordings from these devices can be critical to your case, and it is integral that these pieces of evidence are preserved. If your attorney doesn’t know to ask for these sorts of things, they may become lost or expire due to DVR restrictions. This is just one of the reasons that hiring a law firm experienced in trucking accident cases is key.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident that occurred in the Maryland or Washington D.C. area, contact Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC today. We are a full service personal injury law firm with an extensive track record of success. Our Maryland trucking accident attorneys are dedicated to representing victims of trucking accidents, and we will fight to recover the damages you deserve. 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.
More Blog Posts:
Serious Truck Accident Temporarily Shuts Down Southbound Lanes of Interstate 81, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 10, 2013
Tractor Trailer Collision Leads to Fuel Spill on Route 351, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 3, 2013