Earlier this week in New York, a tractor-trailer rolled through a stop sign and collided with a school bus. According to a report by a local news source, the accident occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m. Thankfully, the bus driver had just dropped off the students at school, leaving the bus empty except for the driver.
Evidently, the tractor-trailer did not stop at a stop sign and collided with the school bus, which was traveling on a road that did not have a stop sign. The immense force of the crash actually pushed the school bus in the opposite direction and caused incredible damage to the vehicle. So much, in fact, that the driver of the bus needed to be extricated from the wreckage by emergency personnel. The driver was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured in the accident.
At this point, police do not believe that drugs or alcohol had anything to do with the accident; however it is still under an ongoing investigation. Residents in the area told reporters that the intersection where the accident occurred is a dangerous one, pointing to a 2009 fatal car accident that took the life of a 33 year-old man.
When Semi-Trucks Fail to Yield
It doesn’t take much of an imagination to visualize the incredible damage that a semi-truck or tractor-trailer can cause when it gets into an accident with another vehicle. All too often, these accidents are caused when the truck’s driver fails to follow one of the most basic traffic laws: yielding to those drivers with the right of way.
A failure to yield accident doesn’t necessarily have to be caused what seems like an egregious traffic violation like driving through a red light full speed or not looking before making a dangerous left turn. In many cases, failure to yield accidents are caused by a truck driver not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign, as the driver in the story above failed to do.
Recovering from Negligent Truck Drivers in Maryland
In Maryland, the laws protect the innocent victims of semi-truck accidents by allowing them to recover for the property damage and personal injuries they sustain as a result of the accident. In some cases, accident victims are also awarded punitive damages when the conduct of the other driver is especially reprehensible.
Are You in Need of an Accident Lawyer?
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Maryland truck accident recently, and feel that it was due to the negligent driving of the truck’s operator, you should speak to an experienced Maryland truck accident attorney to discuss the facts of your case. In many situations fault is not readily evident and requires a more in-depth investigation into the surrounding facts of the accident. The law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC has years of collective experienced representing Maryland accident victims in truck accident cases. The firm’s dedicated personal injury attorneys understand the nuances of Maryland personal injury law and know what it takes to dutifully represent their clients. Click here, or call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney today.
More Blog Posts:
Ten Dead in Tragic California Bus Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 22, 2014.
Two Dump Truck Accidents Across Maryland Send Two to the Hospital, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 15, 2014.