Wednesday night, a horrific accident occurred on I-95 near Bel Air in Harford County, Maryland. A 21 year old Towson University nursing student tragically lost her life in the accident. The young driver was changing lanes in her Honda when a tractor trailer rear-ended her. The Honda then began to spin and lose control, and eventually ended up hitting a wall where a pickup truck crashed into her.
This accident goes to show the dangers involved when driving near tractor trailers, especially on the highway. State police say that the 21 year old made an “erratic” lane change that may have contributed to the truck rear ending her. However, investigations into the exact cause of the accident continue. No one else was injured in the crash.
As we often write about, rear-end collisions are some of the most dangerous and most common types of accidents. When the vehicle that is rear ending another vehicle is a tractor trailer, the resulting injuries to the victim car tend to be very severe. Due to the size and power of tractor trailers, it is difficult for truck drivers to bring their rigs to a quick stop. Since we do not know the exact cause of this accident, we do not want to speculate who is to blame, but if the accident victim did make a sudden lane change in front of a tractor trailer, it was likely difficult for the truck driver to stop in time. All drivers on the roads and highways should always be extra cautious when driving near, next to, or in front of tractor trailers because there is a greater risk for a serious accident.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a truck accident caused by the fault or negligence of another person and would like to consult an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for free, contact us at (301) 854-9000 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Bel Air or throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Auto-Accidents/Truck-Accidents