Large trucks are made to bring goods across the country, and as a result, they are specifically designed to carry large amounts of cargo on the nation’s highways. However, at the beginning and end of a truck driver’s journey, he or she will at some point have to drive on smaller surface streets.
Driving on small city streets can present difficulties for many truck drivers, whose rigs may be upwards of 70 feet long and may consist of several trailers being towed by a single truck. For example, many city intersections are much smaller than truck drivers are used to navigating, and they may require special maneuvers to safely negotiate them. In addition, the presence of pedestrians and bicyclists presents additional hazards that truck drivers must take precautions to avoid.
Despite the additional difficulties of driving on smaller roads, truck drivers remain responsible for safely operating their vehicles and may be held liable when they cause an accident on city streets. Of course, some accidents may be unavoidable even with the exercise of due caution, and truck drivers are not likely to be responsible for these. However, when a truck driver’s negligence or inexperience results in an accident, the truck driver – and potentially their employer – may be held liable for any injuries that result.
Young Girl Killed While Walking Home from Bus Stop
Last month, a five-year-old girl was killed when she was struck by a large truck as she was crossing the street. According to a local news source covering the accident, the girl had just exited a school bus and was on her way home.
Evidently, the girl walked a few feet in front of the school bus and began to cross the street in front of the bus. As she was crossing, another motorist whose view was obscured by the stationary bus struck the girl. Emergency responders arrived on the scene and treated the young girl, but she soon afterward passed away from the injuries she sustained.
The driver of the truck was required to submit to mandatory drug and alcohol testing; however, authorities do not believe that the truck driver was intoxicated. While authorities believe that the accident was caused because the bus obscured the truck driver’s view of the girl, the accident remains under investigation.
Have You Been a Victim of a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The skilled personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at the Maryland-based law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have extensive experience representing injured Marylanders. We understand that the recovery process can be a long one, and we do not rush our clients or pressure them to take any particular course of action. To learn more, and to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney, call 410-654-3600 today to schedule a free consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Seeking Financial Compensation After a Maryland Truck Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 26, 2017.
Distracted Driving Likely Played a Role in Fatal Church Bus Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 12, 2017.