Earlier this month in Carroll County, Virginia, one man was killed when he was involved in a semi-truck accident. According to one local news source, the accident took place around eight in the morning in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77, near mile marker 22.
Evidently, the semi-truck was towing two trailers and traveling in the northbound lanes when the driver lost control of the vehicle. As the driver attempted to regain control, the truck crossed over the median and entered into the northbound lanes. The large truck and two trailers then tipped over in the middle of the highway. A passing Chevrolet Aveo was unable to avoid the truck in the middle of the road and collided with the second of the truck’s trailers.
The driver of the semi-truck sustained fatal injuries in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. The driver of the Chevrolet Aveo sustained minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. She is expected to make a full recovery. Police have not determined what the cause of the fatal truck accident was, but an investigation is ongoing.
Fatal Truck Accidents on Maryland Roads
While there has not yet been an official determination as to the cause of the fatal truck accident discussed above, it is very possible given the facts that the truck driver was either drowsy or distracted in the moments immediately preceding the accident. According to some studies, drowsy and distracted driving account for roughly half of the fatal truck accidents across the United States.
Sadly, the truck driver died of his injuries. However, this does not necessarily prevent the other driver from filing a lawsuit against the deceased driver’s insurance company. Indeed, this is one reason why the law in Maryland requires that all drivers carry insurance: to reimburse the innocent victims of accidents when the driver is unable to do so.
In addition to the individual’s insurance company, the other motorist may also be able to file suit against the trucking company that employed the truck driver, depending on the circumstances of the accident. Of course, every accident is different, and each must be approached with attention to the intricate details that may make or break the case for the victim.
Have You Been Injured in a 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 all that you have been through. Compensation packages often include amounts for past medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, decreased earning capacity, and pain and suffering related to the accident. To learn more about Maryland truck accident cases, and to sit down with a dedicated personal injury attorney to discuss your case, call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation. Calling is free, and there is no obligation to pursue your case.
More Blog Posts:
Tracy Morgan Settles with Wal-Mart Regarding Last Year’s Truck Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published June 4, 2015.
Construction Worker Killed in I-95 Beltsville Truck Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 7, 2015.