Large trucks that carry products from one end of the country to the other are necessary to our society, but they come with a good amount of risk as well. Trucks are large, cumbersome, difficult to control, and require a specialized knowledge to operate safely. In fact, in all fifty states, commercial truck drivers need a special license before they are permitted to drive a rig.
While driving a truck is not an easy task, it is one that a truck driver voluntarily assumes. The same can be said about the heightened duty that truck drivers take on, as well. In fact, any time a truck driver is found to have negligently caused an accident, that driver may be held liable to anyone injured as a result. In cases where a truck accident results in a fatality, then that accident victim’s family may pursue a wrongful death case against that driver.
A wrongful death case is a special kind of lawsuit brought by the surviving family members of a deceased accident victim. Once a person is deemed an appropriate plaintiff by establishing their relationship to the deceased, a wrongful death case operates much like a traditional negligence case, requiring the plaintiff to prove that the defendant’s negligent actions resulted in the death of their loved one.
Amish Buggy Struck by Passing Truck, Two Injured and One Killed as a Result
Earlier this month in Fryburg, Pennsylvania, one man was killed and two others injured when a truck driver crashed into the back of an Amish buggy. According to one local news source reporting on the accident, the incident occurred around 4:40 in the afternoon on a small local highway. Evidently, the twenty-five-year-old truck driver did not see the Amish buggy as his truck approached it from behind and the two vehicles collided. The buggy was thrown from the road and the truck flipped over and then slid down an embankment.
All three aboard the buggy were thrown from the vehicle. One man was pronounced dead on the scene by emergency workers, the other two were taken to the hospital where it is expected that they will recover from their injuries. The driver of the truck was not seriously injured.
Have You Been Involved in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The skilled personal injury attorneys at the Maryland and D.C. based law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have decades of experience representing clients in all kinds of personal injury accidents, including truck accidents. To learn more, and to speak with an attorney about your case, call 410-654-3600 today to set up a consultation. Calling is free and you will not be billed for our services unless we are able to help you seek the recovery you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
State Supreme Court Holds “School Activity Bus” Is Not Considered a “School Bus” for Purposes of Governmental Immunity, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published February 17, 2016.
Logging Truck Driver Loses Control and Flips Rig, Killing One, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published March 3, 2016.