Large trucks have the capacity to cause major damage when they are involved in an accident. These dangers are increased when a truck being driven is on a crowded highway. In general, it is a motorist’s duty to ensure that they are operating their vehicle in a safe manner and in compliance with state and local regulations.
Due to the size and weight of large vehicles, this often means that truck drivers must leave additional room between their rig and other vehicles on the road. Indeed, a large truck traveling at highway speeds can take the length of a football field to come to a complete stop. When a truck driver fails to take the necessary precautions when operating his vehicle, he may be liable for any injuries that result.
Notwithstanding a truck driver’s negligence, sometimes other motorists contribute to truck accidents. This may be a distracted motorist who swerves out of her lane or an aggressive driver who cuts off a truck that ultimately crashes into another vehicle. In these situations, it may be the case that both the truck driver and another party are liable. In such situations, it will be up to a jury to decide which parties are liable and the percentage of fault for each driver.
Truck Driver Cited After Accident
Earlier this month in South Carolina, an accident involving a school bus and several other vehicles resulted in several injuries. According to a local news report, the accident occurred in the morning hours while the school bus was transporting students to school. Evidently, a truck in an adjacent lane abruptly changed lanes into the school bus, clipping the front passenger corner of the bus. After the initial collision, the truck then rear-ended another vehicle. The school bus ended up driving over the curb and coming to a complete stop without further incident. However, three students on board were hospitalized with minor injuries.
As authorities began their investigation, they discovered that the truck’s abrupt lane change was in response to another vehicle that had stopped on the road. The truck driver was cited for making an improper lane change. The accident remains under investigation, and at this point, no other drivers have been cited.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck or Bus Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been a victim of a Maryland truck or bus accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The skilled personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have extensive personal injury experience and know what it takes to successfully handle their clients’ cases from beginning to end. Call 410-654-3600 today to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney to discuss your case. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
Seeking Financial Compensation After a Maryland Truck Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 26, 2017.
Trucking Accidents Near Maryland Construction Zones, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published May 24, 2017.