Earlier this month near Wye Mills, an accident between a 2006 Suzuki Forenza and a tractor-trailer resulted in four fatalities in the same family, including a pregnant woman. According to a report by one local news source, the accident occurred on Route 50 in Queen Anne’s County around 1:15 in the morning.
The wreckage was so bad that police do not know exactly what happened. However, it seems that the family was in the Suzuki heading westbound on Route 50. As they approached the intersection with Route 213, the semi-truck, which was traveling southbound on Route 213, struck the side of the family’s vehicle. Both vehicles traveled across the intersection before the semi-truck overturned on top of the Suzuki.
Tragically, all five of the occupants in the Suzuki died of injuries they sustained in the accident. Four of the passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. A 30-year-old pregnant woman was transported to Easton Memorial Hospital, where both the woman and her unborn child were pronounced dead by hospital staff.
Police are currently investigating the accident but do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the fatal semi-truck accident. However, given the magnitude of the wreckage, police are having a difficult time determining who was driving the Suzuki at the time the accident occurred. So far, there have been no citations issued to the driver of the semi-truck.
Fatal Semi-Truck Accidents on Maryland Roads
While the underlying facts surrounding this tragic accident remain unknown as of the writing of this post, it is a real possibility that the driver of the semi-truck was at least partially responsible for the accident, given the speed at which he collided with the side of the Suzuki. In fact, each year hundreds of Marylanders are injured and killed due to negligent semi-truck drivers.
Thankfully, the laws in Maryland permit those injured in serious semi-truck accidents to recover from the negligent drivers for their injuries and pain and suffering. In cases when the accident victim died as a result of the accident, a wrongful death action may be brought by the surviving members of the victim’s family.
In either case, the plaintiff to a negligence or wrongful death lawsuit must show the court that the driver of the truck was somehow negligent in the operation of his or her vehicle. This can be done by submission of evidence, expert testimony, or eyewitness accounts. To learn more about the ways to prove a case of negligence against a semi-truck driver, contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Injured in a Serious Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. Compensation may include amounts for past and future medical expenses, past and future pain and suffering, lost work and future lost wages, and potentially punitive damages in extraordinary cases. To learn more about how you may be able to recover for an accident that you have been involved in, call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free initial consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.
More Blog Posts:
Several Inmates and Correctional Officers Killed in Fatal Bus Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published January 20, 2014.
Williamsport Bicyclist Injured When Hit By Dump Truck, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 10, 2014.