A tragic accident in Abingdon left one Bel Air man dead after an early morning three-vehicle collision in Harford County.
The collision occurred at approximately 2 a.m. The preliminary report revealed that the collision occurred when a Ford pickup truck collided with the rear of a tractor trailer, which then collided into a tanker truck. The pickup truck then caught on fire before eventually stopping behind the tractor trailer.
Police reported that they believe the pickup’s speed may have played a factor in causing the crash, as both the tanker truck and tractor trailer were traveling five to ten miles per hour due to construction in the area.
Tragically, the pickup truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The tractor trailer driver and tanker truck driver were not injured.
Sadly, this accident appears to be an illustration of the unique circumstances that arise when a collision with a tractor trailer, tanker truck, or other large truck occurs.
Every year thousands of innocent people are injured or killed following collisions with tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles. The sheer size and weight of these tractor-trailers, flatbeds, dump trucks, box trucks and car carriers make the injuries associated with trucking accidents more severe than those associated with other types of crashes.
Due to the speed at which the pickup truck was traveling, the impact with the large truck could potentially be compared with if the driver had crashed into a wall or other structure, which could have caused additional damages than if he had collided with a similar sized vehicle, which may have given in more to the force of impact.
Driver fatigue is one of the main causes of trucking accidents. As trained professionals, truck drivers are required to follow specific federal and state safety regulations related to driving commercial trucks, which include adhering to the the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. However, some trucking companies provide incentives for drivers to deliver their loads on time or ahead of schedule, which can lead to drivers sacrificing 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.
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.
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Baltimore Box Truck Driver Killed in I-95 Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 29, 2013