Earlier last month in Hagerstown, a three-vehicle accident was caused when a semi-truck rear-ended a car, causing it to lose control. According to a report by WUSA 9, the accident occurred on Interstate 70 eastbound at Route 66, near exit 35.
Evidently, a 2005 Volvo tractor-trailer was heading eastbound on I-70 when it rear-ended a 2003 Mercury Sable, causing the driver to lose control of the car. As the Mercury was careening out of control, it flipped over. The truck, also losing control, ended up in the far right lane of travel on I-70, where it hit a minivan. The truck then finally came to a stop.
Both the driver of the truck and the driver of the minivan were taken to the Mertius Medical Center with serious injuries. The passenger in the minivan was also taken to the hospital. All are expected to recover.
The driver of the truck has been cited for negligent driving for his role in causing the serious accident.
Inattentive Driving Causes Truck Accidents
Truck drivers often call themselves “professional drivers,” but sometimes they act far from professional. Whether it be because they are exhausted from spending hours upon hours on the road, or because they are conversing with another person in the cabin or through a CB radio, truck drivers cause an enormous number of accidents in Maryland each year.
Other motorists should be able to count on truck drivers to be courteous, responsible drivers because it is, after all, their job to be on the road. In fact, the law requires that truck drivers operate their rigs in a responsible manner. This includes paying full attention to the road in front of them.
When a truck driver engages in what the law calls “distracted driving,” the chances of causing an accident skyrocket for obvious reasons. The trucker’s attention is no longer focused on traffic ahead, but on some other external object or person. Truck drivers as well as the companies they work for can often be held financially responsible for these preventable accidents.
In order for a Maryland truck accident victim to succeed at trial, he or she must convince the judge or jury that the truck driver was in some way negligent. This may mean introducing various types of evidence, such as truck driver rest logs, cell phone and CB radio records, gas receipts, and more.
Have You Been Involved in a Serious Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a Maryland truck accident that you believe was caused by the negligent driving of the truck driver, you may be entitled to monetary damages to compensate you for your injuries or loss. To learn more about the laws in Maryland that govern truck accidents, contact the dedicated personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. The skilled attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen have the experience you need to feel confident bringing your case forward in any Maryland court of law. Click here, or call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free initial consultation with a personal injury attorney today.
More Blog Posts:
Semi-Truck Crashes on I-95, Leaving Huge Stone Slabs on the Highway, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 29, 2014.
Truck Accident in Frederick County Kills One Motorcyclist, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published August 19, 2014.