Overturned Tractor Trailer Leads to Freeway Shutdowns in Baltimore
A section of Interstate 95 in Baltimore had to be closed down just past exit 52 Monday, August 22 after reports of an overturned tractor trailer. All of the northbound lanes in that section were closed off, which created some significant backups on the highway.
The truck had reportedly been carrying 12 shipping touts, with 325 gallons of a petroleum-based product in each tout. One of the touts was penetrated and began leaking the substance, but the quantity was not made clear. Closing the freeway was a necessary precaution to ensure the product could be cleaned up. Two state employees were injured by exposure to and contamination from the substance, but officials said their injuries were not classified as life threatening.
Officers were unable to immediately determine the cause of the accident, and further investigations were pending.
Overturned trucks pose significant hazards
Large commercial trucks flipping over is one of the most common types of truck accidents, and it’s also potentially one of the most dangerous, depending on where the truck turns over and the type of freight it’s carrying.
There’s a wide variety of reasons why these types of truck accidents may occur. The truck may have been improperly loaded, with an uneven weight distribution or too much weight for it to handle. It may also have been forced to make a quick stop or adjustment after being cut off or to avoid an unexpected hazard.
In many cases, the truck driver or the company that owns the truck may be fully or partially responsible for a crash. To learn more about your legal actions after a Maryland truck accident, consult a dedicated La Plata personal injury attorney with Mudd, Mudd & Fitzgerald, P.A.