Earlier this week in Elkridge, a semi-truck, an ambulance, and two other vehicles were involved in a serious car accident that left six people injured. According to one local news report, the accident occurred around seven in the evening near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Kit Kat Road, in Elkridge.
Evidently, the semi-truck was stopped in the middle of Washington Blvd., taking up three lanes because it had just been involved in an accident. As the ambulance approached the traffic jam created as a result of the accident, it crashed into a Hyundai and then bounced into the semi-truck, colliding with the rear portion of the truck. The force from the ambulance hitting the Hyundai sent the Hyundai into another vehicle.
The driver of the ambulance needed to be extricated from the vehicle when emergency crews arrived. This process took about an hour, and afterwards the driver was sent to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. He is currently listed in critical condition. The remaining people involved in the accident suffered less serious injuries and have since been treated and released.
No charges have been filed yet, but police are still conducting their investigation into the serious truck accident.
Speeding and Truck Accidents
While the investigation is still underway, it is quite possible that speed had a major role to play in the accident described above. Judging from the news account of the accident, the ambulance was approaching the scene of an accident and was unable to come to a complete stop before crashing into one of the cars that was stopped in traffic waiting for the accident to clear.
Each year, there are thousands of fatal accidents caused by speeding truck drivers. In fact, speeding is one of the top three causes of serious and fatal traffic accidents, along with drunk driving and distracted driving.
The faster a truck is traveling, the longer it takes that truck to come to a stop. This is for several reasons. First, it will take the driver a split second to react to what is in front of him, and the faster the truck is moving, the more distance this will take. Second, the faster the truck is moving, the longer it will take the vehicle’s brakes to bring the truck to a complete stop. Moreover, speeding is dangerous not only because it decreases the amount of time that a driver has to react to stimuli, but it can also result in a much more serious collision.
Have You Been Involved in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages to help compensate you for what you have been put through. Compensation may include amounts for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about the laws in Maryland that allow the innocent victims of trucking accidents to recover for their injures, call 410-654-3600 and set up a free consultation with a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney today.
More Blog Posts:
Truck Driver’s Negligent Driving Causes Serious Accident in Hagerstown, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 2, 2014.
Williamsport Bicyclist Injured When Hit By Dump Truck, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 10, 2014.