Man Dead after Vehicle Collides with Semi

By Peter DePaolis

A Montgomery County man lost his life last month when his car collided with a semi-truck making a U-turn on Interstate 70. The auto accident happened in Baltimore County, according to a report at

At around 2:30 a.m., the victim’s Chevy Suburban struck the side of the semi-truck as it attempted a U-turn. Authorities declared the 26-year-old victim dead at the accident scene. A spokesperson for the Maryland State Police Department said the semi-driver made an illegal U-turn. After the impact, the victim’s SUV became stuck under the semi-trailer, according to the report. The victim was not wearing a seatbelt.

Authorities do not know if they will criminally charge the semi-driver at this time. Investigators are trying to determine if alcohol played a factor in the fatal collision.

Accidents involving cars and semi-trucks can be fatal for the smaller vehicle. Unfortunately, semi-drivers are prone to distractions just like other drivers. In addition, many commercial truck drivers feel pressure to make on-time deliveries, which leads to long hours and driver fatigue.

Would you know what to do after a car accident between your vehicle and an 18-wheeler? Contact our office today to learn more.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.