Fatal Truck Crash Leaves Multiple People Dead, Including Two Young Children

Automobile accidents involving larger vehicles such as trucks and pickups can be devastating. The mass, speed, and size of larger vehicles increase the severity of collisions, often turning accidents into fatal incidents. Many people have a basic understanding of the risks associated with driving near larger vehicles, such as pickup trucks, but not many people just how dangerous these crashes have become. 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 large trucks. A local news article discussed a recent fatal Maryland crash involving a truck.

According to the local news article about the fatal Maryland truck crash, the accident occurred in the afternoon on Sunday, February 5, 2024, resulting in three dead and two injured. According to authorities, a Ford F-600 Super Duty pickup truck struck the rear of a Honda Civic that had two adults and two children in it. The mother and two children in the Honda were killed and the other adult in the car was taken to a nearby hospital to have his injuries treated. The driver of the Ford was taken to the hospital for minor injuries according to the police.

What Makes Truck Accidents so Dangerous?

Accidents involving pickups, trucks, busses, and other large-sized vehicles such as SUVs are more dangerous than other types of collisions for a number of reasons. Busses, especially very heavy ones such as passenger buses inherently result in more serious accidents when they are involved in crashes due to their weight, size, and speed. These features similarly make accidents involving SUVs more dangerous, as SUVs tend to be larger than sedans and other standard automobiles. Additionally, the conditions that many large vehicle drivers, such as greyhound truck operators, 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 also carry heavy cargo, complicating truck crashes and accidents.

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 Car or Truck Accident?

If you or a loved one has suffered injury in a truck accident in Prince George’s, Charles, Baltimore, or Montgomery County, contact the Maryland injury lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen today for help. Our attorneys have many years of experience fighting for folks injured in car and truck accidents and will work to provide you with the support, legal knowledge, and confidence to proceed with your claim. The costs stemming from automobile accidents can quickly become overwhelming, and having a team of experienced Maryland 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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