In what is certainly one of the most catastrophic truck accidents to date, 28 people have been pronounced dead and over 140 hospitalized after a dump truck lost control in Mazapil, Mexico, when its brakes failed. According to a Yahoo! News report, the accident occurred as hundreds of worshippers were on their way to Saint Gregorio Magno Church.
Evidently, the large group of people were on a pilgrimage to the church when the fatal accident occurred. As the dump truck driver approached the crowd, the truck’s brakes failed, sending it into another vehicle. The dump truck, which was full of tons of sand, then continued on into the crowd of 300 people.
After the carnage, over 140 were taken to the hospital. As of the time of this article’s publication, there were still 31 hospitalized, 10 of whom were still in critical condition. Fourteen people died on the scene, and another 14 have died since, either on the way to the hospital or while at the hospital.
Police told reporters that the driver of the truck jumped out of the vehicle before the truck slammed into a wall. After abandoning the truck, the driver fled on foot. Authorities told reporters that they know who the driver is and are currently searching for him.
Trucking Accidents Due to Equipment Failures
A significant number of the fatal trucking accidents in Maryland and across the country are caused by improperly maintained or improperly loaded vehicles. Whether the problem is the braking system, the tires, the way the vehicle is loaded with cargo, or any other mechanical or loading problem, the driver of an improperly maintained or poorly loaded truck may be held responsible for the carnage caused by their negligence.
Determining legal liability in these types of cases can be complex, depending on the nature of the accident and the manner in which others were injured. In Maryland, an accident victim is completely barred from recovery if they are found to be at all at fault for the accident that caused their injuries. This strict rule of law even acts to bar those accident victims who are determined to be just 5% at fault. Therefore, it is advised that any accident victim considering filing a personal injury lawsuit against an allegedly negligent driver speak with a dedicated attorney prior to doing so.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of serious Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages based on the truck driver’s negligence. To ensure that you are treated with the fairness and respect that you deserve, call 410-654-3600 to set up a consultation with a dedicated personal injury attorney at the Maryland law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. The skilled advocates at Lebowitz & Mzhen have the experience and dedication you need to feel comfortable putting your case in their hands. Call today to set up a free consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Semi-Truck Driver Charged in Fatal I-95 Truck Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 28, 2015.
Construction Worker Killed in I-95 Beltsville Truck Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 7, 2015.