Police in Maryland have reported that a 44-year-old woman was killed and three others were injured in a June 16 chain reaction accident in Anne Arundel County that involved seven vehicles. Police say that the driver of the sanitation truck that caused the crash made no effort to stop his vehicle or avoid a collision. Investigators say that excess speed is also thought to have been a contributory factor. Authorities are said to be reviewing the accident reports before deciding if any charges are warranted.
Maryland motorists may be pleased to hear that the number of commercial trucks involved in fatal accidents dropped by 5 percent in 2014 from the preceding year. However, statistics complied by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that non-fatal injury truck accidents rose by 21 percent. According to the FMCSA, 20 percent of police-reported accidents involving trucks in that year resulted in one or more non-fatal injuries.
When a large truck is involved in a traffic collision in Maryland, occupants in other vehicles are much likelier to be killed than are people involved in passenger car accidents. Because of the inherent dangers of large trucks, the federal government has stringent regulations in place to reduce the risk of accidents. Despite those rules, far too many accidents involving large trucks happen every year.
Police say that a 35-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were killed in an accident that took place on Interstate 70 near Hancock in Maryland. The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 4 when a tractor-trailer collided with a passenger car. Police say that the trailer was going east when it hit the car, which was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes.
Most Maryland residents have no doubt heard about the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia that occurred on May 12. The derailment resulted in eight people being killed and more than 200 people suffering injuries. Lawsuits are now starting to be filed by some victims, including one on May 19 by an Amtrak conductor who received severe injuries and who remains in critical condition.
Residents of Baltimore and the surrounding areas routinely share the roads with semis and other large vehicles. Therefore, Maryland drivers may be concerned about recent research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that shows that fatalities associated with tractor trailer accidents have been on the rise. In 2011, there were a total of 3,781 people killed in accidents caused by large trucks, and that number increased to 3,921 in 2012.