Semi-truck accidents are known to be some of the most dangerous accidents, and also some of the most difficult to avoid. Unlike many other accidents, there is often little to nothing other motorists can do to avoid a semi-truck accident. This is especially the case when semi-trucks are being driven at high speeds.
To help manage the risk that semi-trucks pose on our nation’s highways, state and federal lawmakers have enacted rules and regulations for the trucking industry. For example, truck drivers must obtain a commercial driver’s license, can only drive a certain number of hours per day and per week, and depending on what they are transporting, may be required to pre-register their cargo as well as their chosen route. All these regulations are enacted to keep the general public safe, and when a semi-truck driver or trucking company fails to follow these rules, they may be held liable for any injuries caused as a result.
Chain-Reaction Accident on Expressway Claims Three Lives, Injures Several Others
Earlier this week in New York City, a semi-truck accident on the Cross Bronx Expressway killed three motorists and injured several others. According to one local news source covering the tragic accident, a semi-truck was stopped in traffic in the middle of the Expressway when another truck came from behind. The second truck failed to stop in time to avoid a collision, and it slammed into the rear of a pick-up truck that had come to a stop behind the first truck. Another passenger vehicle was also struck by the second truck.
The pick-up truck ended up underneath the second semi-truck, and the passenger vehicle ended up on the median. Three passengers in the pick-up truck were all pronounced dead at the scene. Two others in the pick-up, as well as two passengers in the second semi-truck and those in the passenger vehicle, were taken to nearby hospitals with varying injuries.
Police are conducting an investigation into the accident, but they believe that speed, weather, and traffic conditions all played a role in the fatal accident. Police also believe that another driver may have been involved in causing the accident but fled the scene in the aftermath. Thus far in the investigation, no citations have been issued.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C. truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. An in-depth investigation is key to any personal injury case’s success, and the skilled personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen pride themselves in providing thorough representation, including the services of a top-notch investigative staff. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation with an attorney with Lebowitz & Mzhen. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our time or services unless we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
Weather-Related Truck Accident Involves 53 Vehicles, Claims Three Lives, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published December 19, 2016.
School Bus Accident Kills Six Children, Driver Arrested on Vehicular Homicide Charges, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published December 5, 2016.