To the average motorist, there may be nothing quite as frightening as a highway accident involving a tractor-trailer rig. Passenger cars and light trucks are no match for these huge vehicles when things go wrong and a crash is imminent. These days it is not uncommon to be surrounded on the expressway by maybe a half-dozen heavy trucks. As Maryland trucking accident attorneys, we at Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers have represented individuals injured as a result of a truck driver’s errors. Our hardest task is seeing the heartache of families who have lost a loved one through another person’s negligence.
Recently, a two-truck accident closed a section of Maryland’s Route 50 just before the Labor Day weekend. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured during the tangle between these two tractor-trailers, however, it is only shear luck that the accident occurred in the early morning hours, which meant the roadway was not clogged with holiday travelers.
Had this been during the daylight hours, more than one passenger car would likely have been caught up in the crash. From the perspective of the attorneys here, any truck driver responsible for a serious collision on a public road will more than likely seriously injure or even kill an innocent motorist stuck by that driver’s tractor or semi-trailer. A tractor-trailer’s size and weight amplifies the injuries and damage resulting from a traffic accident — and the higher the speeds, such as on highways, the greater the chance for fatalities.
As professional driver, tractor-trailer operators are required to observe and obey specific federal and state safety laws, including those laws and regulations that are specified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Often, driver fatigue can cause a truck driver to crash his vehicle, as was likely the case in this latest crash on Route 50 just south of Wye Mills and Route 404. Another frequent cause of truck accidents is defective equipment, such as faulty or poorly-maintained brakes.
According to police reports, the incident occurred around 2am on Friday morning, but resulted in no injuries. As I mentioned earlier, it was just lucky that this accident happened during a lull in the traffic. Had this happened during rush hour or at peak holiday travel volume, then the story would be quite different I assure you.
Regardless, if you or a loved one is hurt as a result of a tractor-trailer accident, through the negligence of a truck driver who is inattentive or operating his rig while drowsy or under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs or other substance, you should contact an experienced legal professional to learn about your options.
Over the years, Lebowitz and Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers has helped many of our clients who have been the victims of trucking accidents in Maryland or the Washington, D.C. area. Please call us toll free at 1-800-654-1949 to schedule your free no-obligation consultation.
Two Tractor Trailers Collide On Route 50, WUSA9.com, September 4, 2009