Trucking accidents are some of the most deadly for occupants of passenger cars, light trucks and motorcycles. From thrown tire treads to loose trailers and out-of-control semi-tractors on severe grades, a motorist who is in the wrong place at the wrong time could be seriously hurt or even killed as a result.
As a Maryland trucking accident lawyer and personal injury attorney, I am dedicated to assisting victims and their families recover damages following a devastating tractor-trailer collision. Big rigs, also known as 18-wheelers, can haul in excess of 30 tons of cargo. With that much weight traveling at highway speeds, a serious disaster is just one wrong move away.
Not long ago, the Maryland State Police reported a fatal tractor-trailer crash that took the life of a Washington man and seriously injured his wife. According to news articles, the collision occurred on Interstate 95 crash in Harford County, MD, when a semi hit the couple as they stood by the side of the road.
Police reports indicate that the husband and the wife, who were traveling in separate vehicles, pulled there respective cars over to the side of the northbound lanes of the interstate. The husband, 38-year-old Leonard Clark, was driving a Dodge Charger and his wife, 39-year-old Kimberly Clark, was operating a Dodge Durango aside the northbound lanes of I-95.
Apparently an approaching tractor-trailer drove too close to the couple and hit both people just after 11pm on a weekday evening. Emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene and provided treatment on site before transporting the victims to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Unfortunately, the husband’s injuries were too extensive and he dies at the scene.
The wife sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment by doctors. According to reports at the time, Mrs. Clark was listed in critical condition. Authorities were still investigating the accident and it was not known at the time why the couple had stopped and gotten out of the vehicles prior to the crash.
Husband killed, wife injured after I-95 crash in Harford, BaltimoreSun.com, February 26, 2010