People who operate large trucks for a living have an obligation to make sure that they do so with the utmost care. While all large vehicles have the potential to cause serious injuries in a Maryland truck accident, construction vehicles are some of the most dangerous, due to their moving parts and proximity to pedestrians and construction workers.
Construction sites pose a number of hazards both to pedestrians as well as to the workers on-site. While the operator of a construction vehicle always is responsible for its safety, the foreman of the job site also has a duty to ensure that the vehicles are placed in a safe spot in relation to the job site, as well as making sure that the vehicles are properly secured at the end of the day. A failure by either the operator or the foreman to follow the necessary safety protocols may result in a fatal Maryland truck accident.
In such situations, the family members of the accident victim may be able to pursue compensation for their loss through a Maryland wrongful death lawsuit. These claims must usually be brought by a surviving spouse, child, or parent, but they can be brought by other family members in some circumstances. In order to succeed in a Maryland wrongful death action, the plaintiff must be able to establish that the defendant’s negligent act was the cause of their loved one’s death. This can be done through eyewitness testimony, expert witness testimony, and the admission of other evidence suggesting the truck’s operator was somehow negligent.
Woman Killed in Dump Truck Accident
Earlier this month, a woman in Minneapolis was killed when she was run over by a dump truck while working on a construction site. According to a recent news report, the woman was working on a road construction project as a dump truck driver when she exited her vehicle. As she was standing outside her truck, another dump truck reversed over her. She was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. Evidently, the two drivers were employed by different construction companies.
The accident is still under investigation, and authorities have not yet determined if criminal charges will be filed against the other driver. Depending on the result of the investigation and the wishes of the woman’s surviving family members, they may pursue a wrongful death claim for the loss of their loved one.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in any kind of Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries or loss. The dedicated Maryland truck accident attorneys at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have decades of experience handling truck accident cases, and they know how to succeed on a client’s behalf. We work hard to negotiate a fair pre-trial settlement offer if our clients wish to avoid the uncertainty of trial. However, when fair offers are not made, we will not hesitate to take our clients’ cases to trial, seeking the compensation they deserve. Call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today.
More Blog Posts:
Driver Charged in Fatal 2016 Rear-End Truck Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 25, 2017.
Court Rejects Fireman’s Assertion of Governmental Immunity in Fire Truck Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 11, 2017.