Last week, in a series of dump truck accidents, several were sent to the hospital with injuries and several roads were closed as a result of the accidents. The first accident occurred in Towson at the intersection of Towson Blvd and Charles Street. According to a report by the local NBC affiliate, the accident trapped one person in their vehicle and sent another to the hospital. All victims are expected to recover. At the time of the article’s publication, police were still looking into the cause of the accident.
The second dump truck accident was in Anne Arundel County and, according to a report by the same NBC affiliate, occurred when the driver lost control of the truck. The dump truck crossed the center median and entered the oncoming lane of traffic. It continued off the other end of the road where it collided with a tree. The driver was the only one to sustain injuries in the accident. He was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma with serious injuries. He is, however, expected to recover. Police are currently investigating the cause of the accident.
Dump Truck Accidents in Maryland
When most people think about an accident involving a big truck, they think of a semi-truck, big-rig, or a tractor trailer. However, as these two accidents show, accidents involving dump trucks consist of a large portion of big truck accidents in Maryland.
Dump trucks can actually be heavier than a semi-truck depending on what is being carried inside of each of the trucks. In addition, dump truck can present an additional hazard not present with semi-trucks: the possibility of debris flying out of the back of the truck into the road.
Many dump-truck accidents do not actually involved the truck itself, but are caused when some of the truck’s load spills from the truck onto the road where an unsuspecting motorist must then negotiate an unanticipated road hazard. This is often caused by the negligent securing of a load in the rear of the truck. All too often, this results in the motorist losing control of their own car, or damaging their car in an attempt to avoid a collision with the debris.
In these situations, the innocent driver is entitled to recover for the property damage or personal injuries caused by the accident because, but for the truck driver’s negligence in securing the load, the accident would not have occurred.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland truck accident, you should speak to a Maryland truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the facts of your case, and whether the truck driver is responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries or loss. To speak to a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney, click here or call 410-654-3600 today.
More Blog Posts:
Woman Killed When She’s Struck By Semi Truck While Changing Her Tire on the Highway, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 1, 2014.
Improper Passing Leads to Fatal Semi-Truck Accident, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published March 26, 2014.