Five light rail train passengers and the train’s driver were hospitalized last week, after a tractor-trailer and the train collided with one another in Hunt Valley. The train was derailed in the accident, and service throughout the area was disrupted.
The truck driver, Marshall F. Hartsell, 65, was headed southbound on Gilroy Road near Schilling Circle when he turned left to cross the tracks, thereby colliding into the train. Hartsell is being blamed for failing to obey the sign prohibiting left turns when a train is approaching. He was given a citation for failing to yield to oncoming traffic while making a left turn. His truck is owned by T.S. Expediting Services of Toledo, Ohio.
Twenty people were riding on the train when the accident occurred. Two of the six injured persons were treated at Greater Baltimore Medical Center while the other four were treated at Joseph Medical Center. All of them reportedly had minor injuries.
A person who has been injured in a tractor-trailer accident caused by the negligence or careless actions of a driver may be able to file a personal injury claim and recovery damages for their injuries and medical costs. In order to determine whether you may have a personal injury case on your hands, it is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in dealing with tractor-trailer injuries in accidents. Lebowitz and Mzhen is one of those firms. Our personal injury attorneys have years of experience in successfully dealing with tractor-trailer accidents, truck collisions, and other kinds of motor vehicle accidents.
Common causes of truck accidents:
· Oversized trucks
· Insufficient training
· Overloaded trucks
· Break malfunction
· Inexperienced drivers
· Not enough sleep
· Poor driving conditions
· Failure to yield the right of way
· Failure to stop at a light
· Aggressive or dangerous driving
· Mechanical failure
Some damages that may be recovered in a personal injury-related tractor-trailer accident: Current and future medical costs, lost income, and compensation for pain and suffering that is a result of (or may result from) the accident.
The personal injury law firm of Lebowitz and Mzhen represents clients in Maryland and Washington D.C. who may have been injured in a truck accident, train accident, car accident, and other kinds of accidents because of another person’s negligence. Please contact Lebowitz and Mzhen to schedule your free consultation.
6 hurt as truck, light rail collide, Baltimore Sun, February 10 2007
Related Web Resource:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration