A terrible crash happened earlier this week in Baltimore, when a CSX freight train collided with a commercial truck and derailed. Officials said the truck’s driver was seriously injured, and that the crash led to an explosion, which could be both seen and felt blocks away, according to witnesses.
A local firefighter reported that the crash happened in Rosedale, just to the east of Baltimore.
The cause of the accident was not readily apparent. The National Transportation Safety Board is reportedly sending a team to investigate. The explosion that followed the collision sent black plumes of smoke into the sky, but according to CSX there were no toxic inhalants.
The crash has apparently led to damage of several nearby buildings, though firefighters were able to get the fire under control relatively quickly. As a precaution, several nearby residents were asked to evacuate their homes. Video footage depicted at least five of the train’s cars off the track.
This terrible accident shows how extensive damages can be in cases such as this one. In addition to the injuries suffered by the truck driver, the explosion and flames also caused damage to nearby buildings. Additionally, though not reported in the article linked to above, due to the suddenness of the accident, there may have been additional accidents to motorists traveling on the same roadway.
Many times car accidents are the result of individuals who are driving negligently. Common examples of negligence include failure to observe relevant traffic laws, such as ignoring right of way or failure to yield, running stop signs or stoplights, speeding excessively, and even distracted driving. In order to be successful in a car accident case, the victim must prove that the driver responsible for causing the accident failed to drive in the manner that a reasonably prudent person would. If successful, recoverable damages include things like pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and disability pay. An experienced car accident attorney can best assess the potential strength of your case, and advise you regarding the potential damages you might be able to recover.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident that occurred in Maryland or Washington D.C., you should consult with a personal injury law firm that has the skills and experience to handle tractor-trailer and semi-truck accident cases. Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers is a full service personal injury law firm. Our Maryland truck accident attorneys have extensive experience in helping victims of trucking accidents recover the damages they are entitled to. We have helped many clients who have been the victims of truck accidents, and who have suffered the interruption of their lives due to physical and emotional injuries, the imposition of hospital and medical bills, and financial losses, including lost wages and property damage. Contact us today in order to schedule your free initial consultation. You can reach us through our website, or by calling 1-800-654-1949.
More Blog Posts:
Truck Believed to be Cause of Washington Bridge Collapse, Maryland Truck Accident Lawyer Blog, published May 29, 2013
Maryland State Authorities Respond to Hazardous Truck Crash on Route 113, Maryland Truck Accident Lawyer Blog, published May 24, 2013