Traffic accidents involving pedestrians are still one of the many causes of wrongful death in Maryland and across the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which recently released its 2009 traffic safety findings, more than 33,000 people were killed in automobile-related collisions across the nation last year. While this was a drop from 2008, that’s a lot of people killed in car and trucking accidents.
For those on foot, be aware that in 2009 there were more than 4,000 fatal pedestrian accidents in all 50 states. On average, that’s more than six people killed in each state every month of the year. Annually, more than 500 people were killed in heavy, commercial truck accidents across the U.S. Here in Maryland, as Baltimore personal injury lawyers, we try to help victims of traffic crashes recover the costs of medical treatment, lost wages and other accident-related costs.
A trucker whose negligent driving results in the death or injury of another person should be held responsible for his actions. This is only right, since innocent bystanders and other pedestrians are at great risk when the driver of a large tractor-trailer or commercial deliver truck loses control of such a massive motor vehicle.
According to news reports, another Maryland resident was hurt early on a Friday morning when a ‘07 Freightliner 18-wheeler hit the man along the second southbound lane of US Rte 301. According to police reports, the pedestrian allegedly failed to yield the right of way to the tractor-trailer, which ended up hitting the as-yet unidentified man around 1:30am.
According to police reports, emergency responders arrived that the scene of the crash to help the injured man, who was subsequently flown by helicopter to Prince George’s Hospital Center for further treatment. At the time of the news article, the man was being treated for severe head trauma and internal injuries. The trucker, 46-year-old John W. Mullins, was reportedly uninjured in the incident.
Maryland State Police in La Plata, MD, were investigating the accident at the time of the news report, but officials said that it appeared to be a case of pedestrian error.
Pedestrian Struck, Flown to Shock Trauma, TheBayNet.com, September 10, 2010