Aggressive Logging Truck Driving Results in Fatal Automobile Crash

Crashes involving commercial vehicles and large automobiles such as trucks or campers are inherently more dangerous than other types of collisions for a number of reasons. Trucks, especially very heavy ones such as logging trucks or fire trucks result in more serious accidents when they are involved in crashes. Additionally, the conditions that many truck drivers operate under force them to drive extreme distances, resulting in fatigue. Further, large emergency response trucks, such as fire trucks, are often driving at extremely high speeds and operating under different driving rules than ordinary traffic, creating more opportunities for accidents. Finally, commercial trucks are also potentially carrying hazardous cargo, complicating truck crashes and accidents. While many people intuitively understand the greater risks involved in truck accidents, they may not know that according to the statistical analysis organization Policy Advice, truck accidents have increased by 52% since 2009, and 74% of all fatal passenger vehicle accidents include a large truck. A recent news article discussed a local fatal logging truck crash.

According to the news article about a recent logging truck crash, the fatal accident occurred on Friday, December 1, and new details have recently emerged about the conditions that fueled the incident. According to the Washington State Patrol, a 76-year-old Hoquiam man was killed in the accident on Friday on SR 101 near Hensel Road. Additional details were released over the weekend following the fatal Friday automobile accident in Humptulips. In the official law enforcement report, officials state that a 66-year-old Hoquiam man was driving a log truck and trailer traveling on SR 101. When the 76-year-old man in a 2002 Subaru Legacy stopped to turn left, the log truck driver attempted to pass the Subaru Legacy on the left, striking the Subaru, rolling over and on top of the vehicle, killing the Subaru driver. The roadway was blocked for over eight hours as a result of the collision. Officials state that the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Does Negligence on My Part Affect My Maryland Case?

Contributory Negligence is a legal concept that can prevent plaintiffs from receiving recovery for injuries resulting from a crash if their negligence contributed to the accident to any degree. Even if the negligence of the operator of another vehicle is in large part responsible for the accident, if the plaintiff was negligent at all, it is possible they will not be able to recover compensation. In Maryland, contributory negligence is generally interpreted very broadly, allowing extremely minor negligence by the plaintiff in personal injury cases to defeat even very strong claims.

Have You Been Hurt in a Maryland Truck Accident?

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or harm from a truck accident in Prince George’s, Charles, Baltimore, or Montgomery County, contact the lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen today for help. Our attorneys have many years of experience fighting for the injured and will work to provide you with the support, legal knowledge, and confidence to proceed with your claim. The costs stemming from injury or abuse can quickly become overwhelming, and having a team of experienced lawyers on your side can make all the difference. To schedule a free and confidential consultation today, contact us at 800-654-1949.

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