It is generally well-known that Maryland truck accidents are dangerous. A single accident, on its own, can cause severe injuries or even death, drastically impacting those involved. However, one truck accident on the highway may actually lead to more accidents, as distracted drivers crash into the scene of the original incident. These chain-reaction accidents can be extremely hazardous to motorists traveling on the highway, who may not be expecting to encounter a massive pile-up.
According to a local news report, a crash first occurred early in the morning, just before 4:00 a.m., and involved two semi-trucks. A little over an hour later, at 5:11 a.m., another semi-truck was driving by when it slammed into the original crash scene, injuring one highway worker and two state troopers. All three were transported to the hospital.
An hour and a half after that, at about 6:45 a.m., a third crash occurred. A statement from the police indicated that a semi-truck created the chain-reaction crash, which involved at least seven vehicles: two semi-trucks, a dump truck, and four passenger vehicles. An eyewitness quoted in the local news article reported that he was traveling behind the vehicles that got in the crash and that he noticed the truck did not seem to brake at all before the collision. Instead, “he hit the stopped traffic at 70 miles per hour.” That truck driver was among the four individuals killed. The crash also resulted in multiple injuries. Fortunately, bystanders were able to pull two motorists out of a wrecked car before it burst into flames, saving their lives. However, in total, four lives were lost and many more were severely disrupted by the series of accidents and the resulting injuries.
The above scenario illustrates the importance of always paying attention while driving, along with the dangers that Maryland truck accidents can pose to drivers. While the first crash was unfortunate on its own, there were no fatalities. But, as more trucks and vehicles continued down the highway that morning, drivers seemed to be distracted and perhaps unaware of the the crash scene, causing the chain reaction. While many drivers do not come across accidents in their daily commutes, it is imperative that motorists are always on high-alert. This is especially true for truck drivers, who are on the road for long hours, many days in a row, and may be distracted or drowsy, increasing the likelihood of a crash. When a truck driver causes an accident, the driver, and potentially their employer, may be liable to the victims of the crash through a Maryland personal injury lawsuit.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one have recently been injured in a Maryland truck accident, contact Lebowitz & Mzhen, Personal Injury Lawyers, right away to discuss your potential claims against the truck driver and their employer. Our team of dedicated attorneys can help you pursue a claim for financial compensation for the harms you suffered, and will work with you every step of the way to ease the burdens associated with the process. Call today to learn more: 800-654-1949.