A seven mile traffic slowdown was the result of a huge tractor-trailer fire that happened following a collision near the exit to Route 1 by the I-95 merge with the inner loop late last month.
Police reported that the collision was caused as a result of another car somehow entering the tractor-trailer’s path, causing the truck to crash into an unattended car. The tractor-trailer then caught fire almost immediately, as did the disabled car.
Firefighters reportedly struggled for three hours to completely extinguish the flames. The fire completely decimated the tractor-trailer, with its cargo, cardboard, and wooden palettes, apparently having served as fuel for the fire. The unattended vehicle also suffered substantial damage as a result of the fire. Miraculously, the driver of the truck was not injured, and there were no other reported injuries.
This case is another example of how the damage endured as a result of a car accident can be greatly magnified when a truck becomes involved. Although details surrounding this particular collision are sparse, it appears that the way the truck made contact with the abandoned vehicle was such that the force immediately ignited a fire. It is unclear whether a fire would have started had this been a two car collision, rather than a truck- car collision.
Additionally, although the details surrounding the collision may differ from the initial reports, it appears as though the car who pulled out in front of the tractor-trailer may have been the cause of the accident, rather than the truck driver. If this is the case, then although the collision with the truck actually caused the physical damage, the owner of the disabled vehicle may be able to go after the driver of the other car for the property damage suffered. The truck driver or his employer may also likely have a claim, if the driver of the other car negligently caused the collision.
A successful car accident claim can result in an award of compensation for the injured party’s medical expenses, lost wages and for the injury itself. The injuries associated with car accidents can be severe, and include things such as broken bones, torn ligaments, and soft-tissue injuries from whiplash. Sometimes, the full extent of these injuries will not surface until weeks or months after the collision has occurred. An experienced accident attorney will advocate on your behalf in order to ensure that past, present and future medical expenses and lost wages will be covered.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident that occurred in the Maryland or Washington D.C. areas, contact the experienced trucking accident attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC today. Our Maryland trucking accident attorneys have the experience necessary to ensure that your trucking accident case is handled expertly and expediently. Our attorneys are dedicated, 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:
Hit & Run Trucking Accident Derails Bicyclists Cross Country Fundraising Trip, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 27, 2013
Tractor Trailer Hit and Run on Interstate 81, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 20, 2013