Truck Driver Was Actively Using TikTok During Fatal Accident

While many people intuitively understand the greater risks involved in heavy truck accidents, they may not know that according to the statistical analysis organization Policy Advice, truck accidents have increased by 52% since 2009, and 74% of all fatal passenger vehicle accidents include large trucks.

Are Truck Accidents Responsible for More Deaths Than Car Accidents?

Crashes involving trucks, campers, and other large-sized vehicles are more dangerous than other types of collisions for a number of reasons. Trucks, especially very heavy ones such as semi-trucks inherently result in more serious accidents when they are involved in crashes due to their weight, size, and speed. Additionally, the conditions that many truck drivers operate under force them to drive extreme distances, resulting in fatigue. Further, large emergency response trucks, such as fire trucks, are often driving at extremely high speeds and operating under different driving rules than ordinary traffic, creating more opportunities for accidents. Finally, commercial trucks are also potentially carrying heavy cargo, complicating truck crashes and accidents. A recent news article discussed a local fatal truck accident.

According to the news article about a fatal truck crash, the accident occurred in January 2023 and resulted in a massive six-vehicle collision. According to investigators, the commercial truck driver who was responsible for the fiery crash was “actively using the TikTok application” when the collision occurred. A report released by the Arizona Department of Public Safety found that the driver, a 36-year-old man, failed to stop for traffic, and wedged two passenger vehicles into a second commercial truck, which then lurched forward and hit two other cars. Traffic at the time was already congested due to a prior incident. The truck driver stated that he “received a message on his electronic work tablet and acknowledged the message” according to a news report. He further stated that when he looked up traffic was stopped and he could not stop his truck in time to avoid the collision.

Troopers investigating the crash initially suspected that he might have been distracted. As part of the investigation, the driver turned his phone over, and law enforcement officials subsequently determined that he was using the social media application TikTok when the accident occurred. The investigation also revealed that the truck was traveling at 68 mph in a 55 mph zone. The driver was arrested on Thursday, June 29, and charged with five counts of manslaughter for the fatal crash. He was further charged with four counts of endangerment and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Does Negligence on My Part Affect My Maryland Case?

Contributory Negligence is a legal concept that can prevent plaintiffs from receiving recovery for injuries resulting from a crash if their negligence contributed to the accident to any degree. Even if the negligence of the operator of another vehicle is in large part responsible for the accident, if the plaintiff was negligent at all, it is possible they will not be able to recover compensation. In Maryland, contributory negligence is generally interpreted very broadly, allowing extremely minor negligence by the plaintiff in personal injury cases to defeat even very strong claims.

Have You Been Hurt in a Maryland Truck Accident?

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or harm from a truck accident in Prince George’s, Charles, Baltimore, or Montgomery County, contact the lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen today for help. Our attorneys have many years of experience fighting for the injured and will work to provide you with the support, legal knowledge, and confidence to proceed with your claim. The costs stemming from injury or abuse can quickly become overwhelming, and having a team of experienced lawyers on your side can make all the difference. To schedule a free and confidential consultation today, contact us at 800-654-1949.

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