Truck drivers have a lot of responsibility when operating large commercial vehicles across the nation’s highways. They must ensure that they remain alert during their trip, follow all posted traffic signs, and stay very aware of their surroundings, due to the significant blind spots most large trucks have. These difficulties are only compounded when inclement weather rolls in. Indeed, the number of Maryland truck accidents spikes during the winter months, when road conditions are most compromised. Often, weather-related truck accidents are caused in part by unexpected or otherwise dangerous road conditions. However, truck driver error also plays a role in most weather-related truck accidents.
Truck drivers are responsible to account for the current weather and road conditions when operating their rig. This may mean pulling off to the side of the road during an especially bad snowstorm or traveling below the posted speed limit. When a truck driver fails to take these additional precautions, it is not just the weather that is to blame but also the truck driver.
Those injured in a Maryland truck accident have the ability to file a Maryland personal injury lawsuit against the allegedly negligent driver and, in many cases, against the driver’s employer as well.
Truck Driver Runs Stop Sign on Foggy Road, Causing Accident
Earlier this month, an accident between a semi-truck and another vehicle resulted in one man’s death. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the collision took place at an intersection where eastbound and westbound traffic had stop signs requiring that they yield to northbound and southbound drivers.
On the night of the accident, a heavy fog was present, obscuring motorists’ views. As the truck driver approached the intersection, heading eastbound, he did not stop at the stop sign and continued into the intersection. As he did so, the truck collided with a southbound vehicle that had the right-of-way. The driver of the southbound vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by emergency responders. It is unclear if the truck driver knew about the stop sign and failed to stop, or if he was unaware of the stop sign due to the heavy fog. The accident is under investigation, and charges have yet to be filed.
Have You Been Injured in 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 Maryland personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have extensive experience representing victims in a wide range of personal injury matters, including truck accidents. Call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our time or effort unless we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
Slowed Highway Traffic Creates Major Hazard for Sleepy or Distracted Bus Drivers, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 12, 2017.
The Dangers of Maryland Dirt Roads, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published August 3, 2017.