Truck accidents in the United States are common for many reasons—not the least prevalent of which are the distracted and drowsy-driving habits among tractor-trailer operators. The frequency of these accidents is also partly attributed to the sheer number of trucks on U.S. roads.
According to the Department of Transportation, there are approximately 15.5 million trucks currently on the road. These trucks are involved in more than 500,000 crashes per year.
WBALTV News reports that a Baltimore construction worker was seriously injured in a truck accident last week. Police say John Scott Ford Jr. was repairing a waterline that ran under the road. He placed a large arrow board in front of his worksite to filter traffic into one lane.
In the early afternoon, a tractor-trailer driver collided with the board, which slammed into both Ford and his work truck. EMS took Ford to a shock trauma center in serious condition. Police determined the truck driver was not paying attention to the road when the accident occurred.
Truck Accident Involves Explosion and Injures 13
Not every truck accident involves other vehicles or even a driver at all. CBS News reports that a food truck recently exploded when it was parked on a busy street.
The incident occurred at 5:30 p.m., just in time for people to walk home from work. In total, 13 pedestrians suffered serious injuries; two of them were in critical condition, and most of them suffered severe burns.
A police investigation determined that a propane tank triggered the explosion, but authorities haven’t discovered why. If the company that owns the truck made a mistake while filling or storing the tank, it could face personal-injury lawsuits from the victims.
If you’ve been injured in an accident and you believe negligence played a role, you may be able to find compensation by filing a lawsuit. At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we have 50 years of combined experience helping Baltimore residents file claims in the hope of finding justice. To speak with an accident lawyer from our firm, call us at 443-912-0002.
Car Accident Injures Seven in Nursing Home
Generally speaking, residents of nursing homes consider themselves safe from car accidents, especially when they don’t leave the premises, but several people were injured last week when a truck ran into a nursing home. WBALTV News reports that police are investigating how a driver crashed his pickup truck through the front entrance of an assisted-living home. Seven residents were injured in the accident, and police were forced to evacuate the rest when they discovered the crash had damaged a gas line.
If you’ve suffered a serious injury in a car accident—no matter how bizarre the circumstances—you should speak with an accident lawyer. At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we have been serving the Baltimore community since 1981. If you are interested in speaking with an accident lawyer about your injuries, please call us at 443-912-0002.