According to a January 2017 report on CBS Baltimore, several people were seriously injured in a multi-car accident involving a tractor-trailer. A tractor-trailer collided with about 14 cars on a Friday evening in the Bel Air area near Plaza Ford, injuring many. The tractor-trailer was traveling southbound on Route 1 when, for an unknown reason, according to police, the tractor-trailer crossed over into the northbound lanes. It struck several passenger vehicles. Many who witnessed the accident said it looked like something out of a movie. One witness, whose vehicle was spared in the accident, said that the vehicles impacted by the large commercial vehicle appeared to be airborne.
At the time of the report, no charges were filed against the tractor-trailer driver.
A tractor-trailer is a large commercial vehicle that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is about 16 times more than the average passenger vehicle. A tractor-trailer accident involves a commercial vehicle colliding with a passenger vehicle, bicyclist, pedestrian, or another commercial vehicle. Since the weight of the commercial vehicle is so great, it can cause serious injury or death for accident victims.
Injuries Sustained in a Baltimore Tractor-Trailer Accident
An accident victim may escape a tractor-trailer accident with minor injuries such as bruises or scratches. However, minor accidents involving large trucks rarely occur. Instead, these accidents tend to be more serious and often deadly.
Injuries that can be incurred by victims of tractor-trailer accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Damage to internal organs
- Traumatic brain injury
- Amputated limbs
Common Types of Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Baltimore
Every tractor-trailer accident is different and may be caused by different things. However, these accidents are typically cause by the following:
- Shifting cargo: A Tractor-trailer typically transports cargo from one area to another. If the cargo is improperly loaded or there is too much cargo, the truck can overturn or jackknife.
- Rear-end Collisions: A tractor-trailer, like other large vehicles, needs time to slow down or come to a complete halt. If a truck driver is following another vehicle too closely, he or she may not be able to properly stop.
- Improper maneuver: A truck driver may fail to maintain his or her driving lane or violate another traffic law, causing a deadly crash.
Contact Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA About Your Baltimore Tractor-Trailer Accident
You were injured in a tractor-trailer accident. The first thing you must do is stay calm and focus on healing from your injuries. You will need experienced attorneys on your side. We are personal injury attorneys dedicated to helping you receive the compensation you deserve after an accident.
We will complete an investigation to determine who was at fault for your accident and how the accident occurred. We will also work to negotiate a settlement or prepare for trial. Contact us immediately for help. You deserve compensation.