Most motorists who have spent any amount of time on Maryland highways have probably noticed the frequency of construction vehicles working on or near the highway. These vehicles are necessary to help build and maintain Maryland’s infrastructure; however, when not properly operated or secured, these vehicles can pose a serious risk to motorists and cause Maryland truck accidents.
These large construction vehicles have the potential to cause serious injuries or death when they are not used properly. Indeed, large construction machines are designed to tear down houses, break apart pavement, and move large amounts of earth. Those who use construction vehicles are responsible to operate the vehicle safely, but their duty does not end there. Operators must also ensure that the vehicles are properly secured when they are not being used.
Runaway Dump Truck Kills Two
Earlier this month, a tragic construction vehicle accident claimed two lives, including the vehicle’s operator and another nearby motorist. According to a recent news report covering the accident, the dump truck was parked at a work site that was located atop a hill near a busy roadway. At some point while the dump truck was unoccupied, it began to travel down the hill toward the road below.
The driver of the truck attempted to stop it, but he was unable to do so and was run over by the truck in the process. The truck continued down the hill and into the road below, colliding with a vehicle. The woman inside the vehicle was killed in the accident. Four others were hospitalized as a result of the accident.
Police responded to the accident and are currently conducting an investigation into what caused the vehicle to careen out of control while unmanned. It is possible that the vehicle was left unsecured by its operator, or even that the vehicle’s braking system experienced some kind of failure.
Maryland Truck Accidents
Those who have been involved in a truck accident may be entitled to compensation through a Maryland truck accident lawsuit. Depending on the surrounding circumstances, accident victims may be able to name multiple defendants, including the driver of the vehicle, the driver’s employer, and potentially even the manufacturer of the vehicle. To learn more about truck accidents, contact a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Injured in a Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation through a Maryland personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. The dedicated Maryland personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have decades of experience representing accident victims in a wide range of personal injury cases, including those involving construction vehicle accidents. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we understand how difficult the recovery process can be, and we do everything we can to ensure that you and your family receive full and fair compensation for the injuries you have sustained. Call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today.
More Blog Posts:
The Destructive Potential of Chain-Reaction Truck Accidents in Maryland, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 5, 2017.
The Dangers of Maryland Dirt Roads, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published August 3, 2017.