Earlier this month, an accident on Route 200, more commonly known as the Intercounty Connector, claimed the life of one man and injured another. According to one local news report, the accident occurred around two in the afternoon, between the Layhill Road and New Hampshire Avenue exits.
Evidently, a dump truck from Montgomery County was carrying a load of gravel when it inexplicably skidded across the eastbound lanes and then toppled over in the median. Thousands of pounds of gravel spilled from the truck as it fell. Shortly thereafter, a Nissan car that was approaching the overturned truck was unable to avoid a collision.
The driver of the dump truck was tragically pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Nissan was taken to Medstar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, not far from the site of the accident. He was admitted with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Truck Accidents on Maryland Highways
Certainly this accident is tragic in several ways, primarily because the truck’s driver lost his life in what was likely a preventable accident. At the same time, the other driver was also injured, and, while the exact cause of this fatal trucking accident is still unknown, from the facts presented it seems safe to say that the driver of the Nissan had nothing to do with the accident. Notwithstanding his lack of fault, the driver of the Nissan has likely accrued substantial medical bills after the accident. Even if he is insured, the costs related to the accident can add up, whether they are lost wages, physical therapy, inability to engage in hobbies and activities, or other damages.
Thankfully, Maryland law looks out for the victims of truck accidents and allows them to seek financial recovery from the driver of the truck, as long as the injured party can prove that the truck driver was somehow negligent. Proving a case of negligence can be straightforward, or it can be complex, depending on the surrounding circumstances. However, it is always better to involve a dedicated attorney in the process to ensure no procedural requirements are overlooked.
Have You Been Involved in a Serious or Fatal Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious or fatal Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages to help compensate you for your losses or injuries. However, you should keep in mind that truck drivers and the companies they work for are often represented by attorneys skilled at deflecting blame from their clients and onto the other party. For that reason, it is of critical importance that you secure the assistance of a dedicated Maryland truck accident attorney prior to proceeding with your case. The skilled advocates at Lebowitz & Mzhen have decades of combined experience helping injured Marylanders get what they are entitled to. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation with a dedicated personal injury advocate.
More Blog Posts:
Maryland’s Winter Weather Partially Responsible for Cattle Truck Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published March 27, 2015.
Queen Anne Semi-Truck Accident Claims Three Lives, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published May 8, 2015.