Most drivers have experienced the dread of passing a tractor-trailer on the interstate. The trucks loom over other vehicles, and most people can’t help but remember reports they’ve read about widespread drug use among truckers and flouted rest recommendations.
This is not an irrational fear. The dread of being involved in a high-speed truck accident is based on very rational reasons.
Consider this: The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the average passenger vehicle weighs in at 4,000 pounds. During a crash, that vehicle won’t stand a chance against a truck that weighs 26,000 pounds. That’s the equivalent of dropping the heaviest man in recorded history, who weighed 1,400 pounds, onto a 200-pound man. It’s no surprise that so many truck accidents cause severe injuries.
If you are involved in an accident with a trucker who was driving negligently, you could probably use some compensation to pay for medical treatment. At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we are committed to helping accident victims seek compensation from negligent parties. We’ve been helping clients file lawsuits since 1981. To speak with a reliable accident attorney in Baltimore about your crash, call us at 443-912-0002.
Tractor-Trailer Causes Five-Car Pileup
Last Wednesday, in the morning, a truck driver lost control and crashed his vehicle, which was carrying a full load, into five other cars on the interstate. Witnesses described the sound as an explosion, but a bomb might not have caused as much damage as the tractor-trailer.
The first car involved suffered the majority of the damage. The small Honda immediately caught fire, killing the three people trapped inside. Witnesses rushed to rescue the victims, but the fire consumed the vehicle too quickly.
CBS News reports that the truck continued on, striking another vehicle, which was carrying a woman and her two children. They escaped with their lives but required hospitalization for serious injuries. There is no word on the conditions of the other three drivers involved in the crash.
Investigators Are Trying to Determine What Caused the Crash
Police aren’t sure how the driver lost control of his truck. He survived the wreck but suffered serious injuries. Until they can interview the driver, authorities are looking into possible mechanical problems, speeding and driver error as possible causes.
ABC News reports that two other fatal accidents occurred on that stretch of interstate the same day. The second accident occurred between a van and a tractor-trailer. The van driver died instantly. The third accident was between a box-truck and a motorcyclist. The biker died on the scene. Each story illustrates how dangerous an accident with a truck can be.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident with a driver who was fatigued, distracted or impaired, we can provide excellent legal advice and superb representation. At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we have 50 combined years of experience helping clients in Baltimore file personal-injury lawsuits. To arrange a consultation with a car-accident attorney, call us at 443-912-0002.