The family of King W. Mungai has filed a $5 million Maryland wrongful death lawsuit against trucker Gordon Scott Barnes and his employer Cargo Transporters. Mungai, a College of Southern Maryland student, was killed in January 2009 when the Toyota Corolla he was driving was struck by the truck driven by Barnes.
While police initially said that Mungai failed to yield to the truck driver, the Maryland tractor-trailer accident lawsuit claims that it was Barnes who was negligent. The family’s wrongful death lawyer says that they now have information that wasn’t in that report.
In their Maryland wrongful death complaint, the plaintiffs claim that just before the semi-truck crash, Barnes ran a red light and that this was when the Freightliner hit the Toyota from the side, pushing it off the road. They want compensation for funeral costs, lost wages, and emotional suffering.
What not to do if you were injured in a Maryland truck crash:
• Don’t talk to the other party’s lawyers by yourself
• Don’t agree to settle the case before you’ve explored all of your legal options
• Don’t sign any documents agreeing to a specific settlement. Doing so could cause you to sign away your right to receive the maximum recovery possible
Maryland tractor-trailer crashes causes injuries and deaths every year. Trucking companies know what steps to take to minimize liability, which is why it is good to have an experienced Baltimore injury law firm working for you.
Fatal accident spurs lawsuit against trucking company, SoMDNews, March 16, 2011
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Trucking Accidents: Common Causes & Liability, Nolo
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