Drunk driving remains a threat to innocent motorists, their passengers and others using Maryland’s roadways. A crash involving a drunk driver and a passenger vehicle has enough potential to be serious or deadly, but when a truck is also involved, the force of the impact only increases. Under these circumstances, a truck accident tends to increase the possibility of fatalities exponentially.
On a recent Monday, a Penske truck driven by a 49-year-old man careened into the rear of a passenger vehicle carrying a family of three. The impact critically injured the 3-month-old boy in the backseat of the vehicle. Troopers with the Maryland State Police report that the baby’s parents “did everything right” in that the baby was properly strapped into a car seat. It just wasn’t enough, and the infant died on the Thursday following the crash.
The investigation into this tragedy could take as long as two months, according to investigators. The driver of the truck is suspected of being drunk at the time of the crash. Now that the baby has died, he may face charges of manslaughter by automobile or vehicular manslaughter in connection with the accident. He may also face other charges depending on the outcome of the investigation.
In the meantime, the boy’s parents must mourn his loss and bury their child, which is something no parent should ever have to do. They may find some closure by filing a wrongful death claim against the driver in the truck accident that took their child’s life. As would be the case for other parents in this sad situation, they may also receive an award of damages to cover their financial losses if they prove negligence to the court through the presentation of applicable evidence.
Source: wjla.com, “Truck driver could face charges in crash that killed 3-month-old boy in Waldorf“, Heather Graf, May 10, 2018