Each year, three million people are injured in auto accidents according to the CDC. Auto accidents involving pick-up trucks, however, may be particularly devastating for all parties involved. Pickup trucks are distinct in size, shape, and design, and generally have a separate frame and an open box. These trucks tend to have tall hoods and large blind spots and can be deadly for pedestrians and drivers of smaller vehicles when accidents occur. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, within the light trucks category, SUVs and pickup trucks are the vehicles most likely to be involved in roller crashes. Rollover crashes are a specific type of vehicle crash in which a vehicle tips over onto its side or roof.
Are Larger Vehicles More Dangerous to Pedestrians?
Consumer Report testing has found that bigger vehicles in general have a harder time avoiding crashes. Another Consumer Report analysis showed that the hood height of passenger trucks has increased by an average of at least 11 percent since 2000 and that new pickups grew 24 percent heavier on average from 2000 to 2018. Consumer report data shows that drivers have poorer front sight lines, creating a blind spot that can hide a pedestrian or smaller car right in front – and these alarming developments may lead to more accidents and injuries.
In a recent news report, one person was killed in a two-car crash during Memorial Day weekend. The driver of the pick-up truck is facing at least one felony charge and has an arrest warrant for reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving. The deceased was driving a Kia Sorrento and was traveling south when she was struck by the pick-up truck. According to the news report, the pick-up truck was heading west and ran the red light.
The driver of the Kia Sorrento was pronounced deceased, and the driver of the pick-up truck was transported to a local hospital to be treated. The pick-up driver’s bond has been set at $250,000, and it was last reported that he was being guarded by police while being treated at the hospital. Upon his release from the hospital, he will be transported to a local county Jail.
Victims of car accidents should connect with an experienced attorney as soon as possible after an auto accident so that they can receive help navigating lawsuits. Because car accidents, unfortunately, happen frequently and unexpectedly, knowing which firm to turn to can help victims as they seek relief after a car accident.
Have You Been Injured in an Auto Accident in Maryland
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Maryland truck accident, contact the Lebowitz & Mzhen firm today. Our personal injury lawyers have the expertise and dedication needed to assist you with your case. Victims of auto injuries should have both a compassionate and skilled attorney by their side as they navigate personal injury suits. The lawyers at our firm have extensive experience helping clients recover the damages they deserve, and are ready to help you with your case. Contact the Lebowitz & Mzhen firm today at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free initial consultation.