Earlier this month in Decatur, Georgia, a cement truck carrying a several-ton load was involved in an accident with a small passenger car. According to one local news report, the accident occurred when the cement truck driver ran a red light and crashed into the car that was traveling through what was a green light for the car at the time.
Evidently, after the collision, the car became wedged in between the cab of the truck and the truck’s load. One nearby citizen showed up seconds after the accident to take pictures. He told reporters: “I didn’t even realize there was a car even there when I first walked up to the accident … It’s hard to see how somebody could survive that.”
But survive she did. The driver of the car was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was also sent to the hospital with serious injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.
In addition to the red light violation, police also believe that speed was a factor in the serious truck accident. Police have cited the driver of the cement truck for running the red light as well as for speeding.
Excessive Speed and Truck Accidents
Speeding is one of the leading causes of fatal traffic accidents in Maryland. In fact, of the 442 traffic-related deaths that occurred on Maryland roads in 2014, speeding was responsible for 89 of them. Not only is speeding the primary cause in roughly 20% of all fatal accidents, but it is the single greatest cause of fatal traffic accidents. Drunk driving, the second most common cause of fatal traffic accidents, resulted in 66 deaths.
As the above information indicated, speeding is always dangerous. That is even more so the case when the vehicle traveling above the speed limit is a several-ton truck loaded with cargo. Not only do these trucks carry with them a great deal of force when involved in an accident, but they are also more difficult to slow down, requiring much longer distances to come to a complete stop.
Truck Driver Liability
In Maryland, when a truck driver causes an accident because he was speeding, distracted, or violating the law in some other way, he can be held liable for the injuries caused as a result of his negligence. To learn more about how you may be able to recover for a truck accident that you have been involved in, contact a dedicated Maryland truck accident attorney.
Have You Been Involved in a Serious Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages based on the truck driver’s negligence. As a potential plaintiff, you must be able to show that there was some violation on the truck driver’s part before you are able to recover. This may be that the truck driver was speeding, distracted, not well rested, or even intoxicated. To speak to a dedicated Maryland truck accident attorney about your case, call 610-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Maryland’s Winter Weather Partially Responsible for Cattle Truck Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published March 27, 2015.
Queen Anne Semi-Truck Accident Claims Three Lives, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published May 8, 2015.