A tractor-trailer accident in Maryland has resulted in the death of one individual on Friday. According to the Maryland State Police, a 47-year-old man was operating a tractor-trailer westbound on the Capital Beltway when he collided with the concrete median. The impact ejected the driver and he was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The roadway was closed for several hours while crews cleared debris and fuel that had spilled. The accident is under investigation.
Tractor-trailers accidents can be one of the most severe auto accidents due to the size of commercial vehicles. Commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and when traveling at speeds of 60 mph, a collision is certain to be devastating. While dangerous roadways and mechanical defects can cause a tractor-trailer accident, it is far more common for negligent driving to contribute to a crash. Individuals that choose to operate a vehicle as an occupation are required to obtain a CDL, commercial driver’s license. During the courses to obtain the license, drivers receive instruction on how to operate the vehicles responsibly as well as traffic laws that pertain to them. Unfortunately, distracted driving, driving under the influence, speeding, and fatigued driving are the most common causes of tractor-trailer accidents which place the blame on the driver.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a tractor-trailer accident, it is important to contact the experienced St. Louis truck accident attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth. Our attorneys have handled thousands of accident cases and will take all necessary action to provide you with the justice and compensation you deserve. We have obtained over $350 million in compensation for our clients and will fight to recover the maximum amount for your damages. Contact Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth today for a free no-obligation consultation.