Truck drivers spend almost their entire working lives behind the wheel. Naturally, truck drivers can get bored or fatigued on long trips. Too often, however, truck drivers who find themselves bored or tired engage in distracting behavior to stay awake, increasing the risk of causing a Maryland truck accident. For example, typical examples of distracting behavior are talking on the phone, texting friends or loved ones, watching television, playing games, or working on crossword puzzles.
When a truck driver causes an accident as a result of being distracted, anyone injured in the accident can pursue a claim for financial compensation against the driver through a Maryland truck accident lawsuit. To succeed in a truck accident lawsuit, an injury victim must be able to show that the trucker violated a duty of care that he owed to the plaintiff. They must also establish that the driver’s breach of this duty was the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
Earlier this month, a truck driver was arrested and charged with criminal vehicular homicide after he was involved in a truck accident that killed roadside construction worker. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the collision occurred back in October, 2018, when the semi-truck rammed into the back of a pick-up truck that was pulling a trailer. As a result of the crash, the trailer disconnected from the truck and collided with two construction workers. One of those men was killed, the other seriously injured.
After the accident, the truck driver told police that he was not using his cell phone and was traveling at 50 miles per hour. However, responding police officers had their suspicions that the truck driver was not truthful. Law enforcement found two cell phones from the cab of the truck and, upon looking into the contents of the phones, investigators determined that the truck driver deleted 14 pornographic videos just moments after the crash. Investigators later recovered the files, discovering that a five-minute video was started just 90 seconds before the fatal accident.
A subsequent investigation revealed that the truck was traveling at approximately 72 miles per hour when it rear-ended the victim’s car, which was traveling at just 50 miles per hour. Authorities told reporters that the accident was entirely preventable. Over nine months after the crash, authorities filed vehicular manslaughter charges against the truck driver. The result of the case is pending.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or someone you love has recently been injured in a Maryland truck accident, contact the dedicated injury lawyers at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we handle all types of injury claims arising in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Our team of experienced attorneys understand the difficulties that our clients face in the wake of a serious personal injury accident, and take special care to cater our representation to the needs of each client. To learn more about how we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve, schedule a free consultation with an attorney by calling 410-654-3600. You can also contact us online through our online form.