Three Dead in Tractor-Trailer Accident on Eastern Shore
A head-on collision involving three tractor-trailers on the eastern shore of Maryland resulted in the deaths of both drivers and a passenger April 21.
According to police, a 38-year-old truck driver from Ramer, Tennessee was driving his rig on Maryland Route 404 in Queen Anne on the morning of the accident, when he suddenly and inexplicably crossed the center line. The truck sideswiped a second semi-truck driven by a 52-year-old man from Culpepper, Virginia, before colliding head-on with a third truck. The drivers of the first two trucks and a passenger in the second truck all died from their injuries. Fortunately, the driver of the third semi-truck was not hurt in the crash.
The Maryland Department of the Environment had to be called in to the scene to clean up a diesel fuel spill that happened as a result of the collision. Police officers were investigating the accident, but were unable to immediately determine what caused it.
Head-on collisions are most commonly the result of drunk or distracted driving. Depending on what caused the crash in question, the truck company employing the first driver could be considered responsible due to vicarious liability laws, as long as the driver’s actions causing the accident came in the scope of his employment, were not intentional and did not involve any particularly reckless negligence.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a crash involving a large commercial truck, seek the assistance of the skilled La Plata auto accident lawyers at Mudd, Mudd & Fitzgerald, P.A.