A tragic accident occurred recently on I-95 in Baltimore. Two people were killed and dozens were hurt in the accident. According to CBS Local Baltimore, the accident occurred after a tanker truck went off a bridge. The tanker truck fell onto the road below, sometime shortly before 5am. In total, 67 vehicles were involved in the resulting collision along with the tanker truck. The driver of the truck was killed, and fuel from the truck started fires, putting motorists at great risk.
This incident was an especially tragic accident because of the scope. Multi-car pileups happen often during the winter, but the involvement of 67 cars made this one of the larger crashes to occur in the Baltimore area. Adding to the tragedy is the high number of resulting injuries.
The accident is still under investigation by authorities to determine how the collision happened. In many cases, accidents similar to this one occur because truck drivers are not able to drive safely in winter conditions.
Baltimore Truck Crash Risks in Snowy Weather
Truckers have delivery deadlines to make, and are limited by law in the total number of hours they can drive per day and per week. Because of this, it is common for truckers to be forced to drive in snowy conditions. The large size of trucks can make it harder for these vehicles to stop quickly or to maneuver effectively when there is ice on the road and when snow affects visibility. All of this contributes to the serious risk of truck collisions on Maryland roads during the winter.
Truck drivers are expected to exercise reasonable caution and operate their vehicles in a safe and professional way to avoid accidents. This means not only following the rules of the road, but also making smart choices to try to avoid collisions during snowy weather or other adverse conditions. Smart Trucking provides some safe winter driving tips for truckers including slowing down, avoiding traveling as part of a pack of trucks, increasing following distances, avoiding stopping on blind road shoulders, not following the tail lights of the car in front, and avoiding the use of the jake brake on roads that are icy. During a circle check, the truck's defroster should also be checked, as well as the wipers and all lights, including the brake lights.
If a truck driver fails to exercise caution when operating his or her vehicle and the trucker causes an accident as a result of negligence, victims who end up involved in a crash with the truck could pursue a case for compensation from the trucker or the company employing the truck driver. An experienced attorney can provide assistance in pursuing a claim after a truck crash in Maryland.