Commercial truck wrecks end up taking the lives of many Marylanders every year. Even more people are injured as a result of delivery truck and tractor-trailer accidents in cities like Gaithersburg, Washington, D.C., and Annapolis. As Baltimore personal injury attorneys, I and my colleagues understand the pain and suffering that victims and their families experience following the aftermath of a serious trucking accident.
We’ve spoken of this before, but the feeling of safety that people have when it comes to professional drivers of commercial vehicles may be a bit misplaced, especially when we hear of accidents like the one that occurred a little while back in Baltimore. These kinds of accidents can cause severe trauma to the victim, in the form of head and neck injuries, internal bleeding and compound fractures of the arms and legs.
Many times the extent of the injuries can result in the individual’s death, either at the scene of the traffic collision or later in the hospital due to complications from those multiple injuries. In the case of last month’s fatal Baltimore bus-pedestrian crash, the victim was hit while walking in a crosswalk during the late afternoon.
According to news reports, Cindy Feldstein was walking across the street near the intersection of Park Heights and Slade Avenues around 5:30pm on a Saturday afternoon when she was hit by a when she was struck by a Maryland Transit Administration passenger bus.
According to Baltimore County police, Feldstein was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, however doctors apparently could not save the woman and she was pronounced dead at the hospital. Feldstein was reportedly a secretary and public information officer for the county medical examiner’s office. No additional details were given in the news report regarding the bus or driver involved in the accident.
Certain commercial vehicle crashes can result from defective vehicle equipment — such as braking systems, steering components or other safety-related systems — that may have failed at a critical moment. There was no mention of equipment failure in relation to this accident.
Police search for help in fatal hit-and-run, BaltimoreSun.com, February 15, 2011
Medical examiner spokeswoman killed by MTA bus, BaltimoreSun.com, February 14, 2011