Earlier this week in Frederick County, one motorcyclist lost his life when he ran into a truck that turned in front of him. According to a report by a local news source, the fatal truck accident occurred shortly after 5 a.m. on southbound Route 15 at North Franklinville Road in Thurmont.
Evidently, a trash truck was heading from North Franklinville Road across the southbound lanes of Route 15 when he cut off the motorcyclist. The biker had no time to react and ran into the rear driver’s side of the truck. Minutes after the accident, the motorcyclist was pronounced dead by emergency responders.
Police believe that neither speed nor alcohol was involved in the accident, and the driver of the garbage truck admits that he just didn’t see the motorcyclist coming when he decided to pull out into the road. It is unclear if the driver will face any criminal charges for his involvement in the accident.
Garbage Truck Accidents in Maryland
One might not think that garbage trucks pose much of a threat on the road, but that is simply not the case. Due to their large size and cumbersome nature, drivers of these huge vehicles often have a difficult time seeing other traffic on the road. Indeed, that is exactly what happened in this tragic case.
When a driver is unable to see all around him, for whatever reason, it becomes that driver’s duty to operate the vehicle with extra care, making sure to go slowly around corners, pull into intersections slowly, etc. When a driver fails to follow these simple safety measures, innocent people can get hurt.
Recovering From a Serious Truck Accident
The physical aspect of an accident victim’s recovery is only one part of the overall road to normalcy. Indeed, there are likely past medical bills, lost time at work, emotional pain and suffering, and potentially costly future medical expenses that will all need to be dealt with in addition to the physical recovery.
It is for this reason that Maryland state law allows for the victims of truck accidents to recover financially from those who caused their injuries. In many cases, accident victims are able to recover sizable awards, including compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and even the pain and suffering caused by the accident.
Do You Need an Accident Attorney?
If you have been injured in a Maryland truck accident, you should consult with one of the dedicated Maryland personal injury attorneys at the personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers. The skilled and passionate lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen have years of experience handling all kinds of Maryland personal injury cases, including truck accidents. To learn more about the accident laws in Maryland, and to speak to an attorney about your potential case, click here or call 40-654-3600 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Semi-Truck Crashes on I-95, Leaving Huge Stone Slabs on the Highway, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 29, 2014.
Maryland Man Dies After Rear-Ending Broken Down Truck, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 15, 2014.