Every year dozens of Maryland residents are hurt in traffic accidents. Many of these collisions are caused by driver error and can involve heavy trucks, such as semi tractor-trailers, delivery vehicles, commercial trucks and other large motor vehicles. Unfortunately, when a truck goes out of control on a public road, smaller passenger cars can be hit as well.
Occupants of passenger cars, sport utility vehicle (SUVs) and pickup trucks can be at a high risk of bodily injury during such wrecks. As a Baltimore auto accident lawyer, I and my colleagues have experience in helping victims of car and truck crashes as well as other personal injury accidents. When a semi truck is involved, injuries can be quite severe and fatalities are sometimes encountered.
Recently, news reports documented a tractor-trailer accident that left a state police detective badly injured following a head-on collision on Hobbs Road near Route 50. According to police, Joshua Burton Webb Jr. of Whaleyville was driving his Perdue tractor-trailer north on Hobbs Road around 8am when his vehicle crossed the double yellow line and crashed head-on into an oncoming state police Ford Crown Victoria.
This particular accident happened less than a week after another state trooper was injured in a crash with a passenger car driven by a 75-year-old woman from Hurlock, MD. The officer in that instance was transported to a shock trauma unit in Baltimore following the collision.
In this latest crash, Detective Sgt. David Dalfonso, an assistant commander at the Maryland State Police Princess Anne Barrack, was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Fortunately for the officer, he was wearing his seatbelt and his injuries were not life threatening.
According to reports, Delfonso was treated for seat belt and air bag injuries but was released the very same day. Police reportedly issued Webb citations for failure to drive right of center and negligent driving.
State police detective recovering after crash, Delmarvanow.com, January 26, 2010