Earlier this week in Anne Arundel County, a truck driver was indicted on five counts, including negligent manslaughter and negligent and reckless driving. The charges stem from an August 2013 accident that occurred on Route 3 when the truck’s driver rear ended a Toyota Camry, causing a chain-reaction accident that involved six vehicles in total.
According to an article by the Capitol Gazette, the driver was traveling at around 50 miles per hours when he rear ended the Toyota. An investigation uncovered that the truck’s driver did not slow down as he approached the slowed traffic at the overpass near Route 32.
The Camry had five passengers in it, three of which were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and the front-seat passenger were both taken to the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with life-threatening injuries, but eventually recovered.
Fatal Truck Accidents in Maryland
For a rather small state, Maryland has a number of large cities contained within her borders. In addition, there are several large highways that act to service these cities. With all this traffic, however, comes an increased presence of semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, big-rigs, and the like.
These huge vehicles are a necessary part of Maryland’s thriving economy, transporting good across the state. However, when they are operated by inexperienced, unskilled, or inattentive drivers they have the potential to cause extreme damages, like in the article discussed above.
Truck Drivers Have a Duty to Be Safe Drivers
All truck drivers accept a duty by carrying a commercial driver’s license and by carrying cargo for pay. They agree to operate their vehicles in a manner that is safe and in accordance with all traffic laws. When truck drivers violate these duties, people can get hurt, or worse.
It is for this reason that the State of Maryland allows accident victims (and their families, in some cases) to recover for their injuries or losses from the negligent truck driver. In general, an accident victim must be able to show that the truck driver was negligent, and that such negligence caused the injuries suffered by the accident victims. In some cases, this can be difficult to prove. However, if the accident involved the violation of a traffic law, such as speeding, running a red light, failing to yield, etc. the accident-victim’s case becomes much easier.
Have You Been Involved in a Maryland Auto Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious Maryland car accident, you should speak to an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney at the Maryland law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen. The skilled and dedicated attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen have what it takes to recover for their clients. Having represented hundred of accident victims over the years, they understand the Maryland civil justice system and can help you navigate it. Click here, or call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free initial consultation today.
More Blog Posts:
Couple Pinned Under Semi Survives major Kentucky Truck Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published February 19, 2014.
Tanker Carrying 11,000 Gallons of Gasoline Crashes, Creating Scare in Massachusetts, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published February 12, 2014.