Earlier this month in Jarretsville, Maryland, a woman was killed after she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into an oncoming dump truck. According to a news report by the Baltimore Sun, the accident occurred while the woman was traveling westbound on 439 and took place near the intersection of Route 23. At the time, the roads were wet and partially covered in snow.
Evidently, shortly after 11 in the morning, the woman’s Honda Civic crossed the center median after she briefly lost control of the vehicle. As she entered the lanes of oncoming traffic, she was struck by a large Mack dump truck head-on. By the time emergency responders arrived at the scene, the woman had died. The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police are still conducting an investigation into how the fatal truck accident occurred. A preliminary investigation indicates that poor road conditions due to the inclement weather were at least partially responsible.
Fatal Accidents involving Large Trucks
While the dump-truck driver mentioned in the above story does not seem to be at fault for this particular collision, the article shows the risks of large trucks and potential damage that they can cause. In fact, each year we see hundreds of fatal truck accidents involving large trucks of all kinds, including semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, dump trucks, city buses, and even construction vehicles.
These large vehicles present a danger to those around them, and in most cases they require a special permit to operate. In fact, many of these oversized vehicles require the drivers to follow special rules only applicable to oversized vehicles. For example, semi-trucks carrying cargo must stop off periodically at weigh stations to ensure that their loads are within the weight range and are properly secured.
Negligence of Truck Drivers
Like everyone else, truck drivers cut corners on occasion. However, when they do, they put the lives of everyone on the road at risk by increasing the chance that the truck will be involved in a serious or fatal truck accident. When a truck driver is negligent and causes an accident, the victims of that accident are entitled to recover for their injuries in a Maryland personal injury lawsuit. To learn more about personal injury laws in Maryland, contact a dedicated truck accident attorney today.
Do You Need To Speak with an Attorney?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious or fatal truck accident in the State of Maryland, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the truck driver’s negligence. In some cases, it may be possible to also name a trucking company in the lawsuit, depending on the facts of the case and whether there was anything the company could have done to prevent the accident from occurring. To learn more about how to prove a negligence claim against a truck driver, contact one of the skilled advocates at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. The attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen have been enforcing the rights of Maryland accident victims for years and know what it takes to bring a winning suit against a negligent truck driver. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free initial consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Several Inmates and Correctional Officers Killed in Fatal Bus Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published January 20, 2014.
Williamsport Bicyclist Injured When Hit By Dump Truck, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 10, 2014.