Tractor Trailer Driver Charged With Negligence For Role in Accident

By Peter DePaolis

As commercial trucking continues to grow, this translates into more dangers for passenger vehicles sharing the road with large, tractor trailer trucks. About 5,000 fatal accidents occur each year involving such trucks, and, unfortunately, almost 100% of the fatalities are the people in passenger vehicles. Truck drivers are rarely injured given the tremendous size and weight advantage they have over a typical passenger car or SUV. If you have been involved in a tractor trailer accident, a Maryland personal injury lawyer is available to obtain compensation for your injuries.

Earlier in the month, a truck driver exiting a Maryland highway ramp came off too quickly, overturning the tractor-trailer and striking a car. Fortunately, the truck did not injure the two people in the car, but it could have been deadly. Police charged the truck driver with negligence for his role in the accident, which closed the highway northbound lanes for more than six hours.

Passenger car drivers can take steps to avoid accidents with large trucks. Drivers should avoid driving in trucks’ blind spots. They should pass trucks quickly to the left or stay behind the trucks. Trucks’ blind spots are larger to their right. Drivers should leave extra space around tractor trailers and not follow them too closely.

If negligent tractor-trailer driving has injured you or a loved one, contact a Maryland personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

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.