Earlier this month, a woman was reunited with the paramedics who saved her life after she was involved in a serious car accident back when the woman was in high school almost 30 years ago. According to one local news report, the woman, who is now a yoga instructor, was providing a free class to a group of firefighters. As she was arranging the class, she mentioned to the coordinator that she would like the opportunity to thank those who saved her life almost 30 years before.
As it turns out, the coordinator was able to locate the men responsible for saving her life back when she was in high school. In fact, one of the men was still working in his capacity as a paramedic. The paramedics responsible for saving her life told reporters about the terrifying accident. Evidently, when they arrived on the scene, a car with three high-school students inside had been crushed by a dump truck. Two of the girl’s friends were pronounced dead at the scene, and she was trapped inside the car until emergency responders were able to cut her out of the vehicle and take her to the hospital.
The paramedics told reporters that the accident spurred change both in Maryland and across the country in how commercial driver’s licenses are provided to truck drivers.
Truck Accidents on Maryland Roads
Drivers of large commercial vehicles are required to obtain and maintain commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs). These licenses permit drivers to operate the large trucks that carry products and supplies across the country. To get a commercial driver’s license, a person must qualify by taking classes and also have a relatively clean driving history. For example, a drunk-driving conviction can prevent someone from obtaining a CDL or can result in a CDL holder losing their license.
Although CDL holders have some additional training, like other drivers they still do make mistakes. When a tragic mistake is made due to the negligence of a CDL holder, that driver can be held liable for the resulting tragedy. In addition, the company that employs the CDL holder could also be liable under a number of other legal theories by which an employer is held liable for the negligent acts of their employee. To learn more, contact a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the truck driver’s negligence in operating their vehicle. Even in some situations where liability is unclear at the outset, an investigation may reveal more than what was initially apparent in the moments immediately following the accident. To speak with a dedicated Maryland truck accident attorney about your case, call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation. Calling is free and will not result in any obligation on your part.
More Blog Posts:
Federal Appellate Court Discusses Presumption of Negligence in Rear-End Accident Cases, Maryland Accident Law Blog, July 22, 2015.
Federal Appellate Court Reverses Lower Court’s Evidentiary Ruling, Allowing Plaintiff’s Expert Witness’ Testimony, Maryland Accident Law Blog, August 10, 2015.