Maryland police say that seven people were injured on the Capital Beltway yesterday, after a tractor-trailer hit the back of a fire truck and then collided with two other vehicles.
According to a witness, the fire truck was decreasing its speed to take an emergency lane when the tractor-trailer rear-ended the fire truck, which then flipped over.
Prince George’s Fire and Rescue spokesperson says four firefighters from the Allentown Road Volunteer Fire Department were injured. Three others were also injured.
Personal injury claims involving truck accidents can be much more complicated, because of the many laws that govern the trucking industry. If you have been injured in an accident where a truck driver was negligent, it is important that you retain the services of a personal injury lawyer who is familiar with the different trucking regulations, the kind of evidence that needs to be brought to make your case, and the different remedies that are available to you.
Depending on the nature and of the accident, who was at fault, and the kind of truck involved, an injured person may be able to claim compensation from a number of parties:
• Truck driver
• Tractor-trailer owner
• Truck leasing companies
• Trucking company
• Manufacturer of the truck or a defective truck part that led to the accident
• Truck Shipper
If there are other parties or vehicles that were negligent, your attorney can file claims against them also. Recovery damages can include damages for injury, pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and lost future income.
Statistically, 99% of the people that are killed in accidents involving tractor-trailers are the passengers that were riding in the other vehicle(s) when a collision occurred.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, a semi-truck, an 18-wheeler, or any other kind of truck, Lebowitz and Mzhen can help you. We are a personal injury law firm that represents clients who have been injured because of another’s negligence in truck accidents in Maryland and the Washington D.C area. We also handle wrongful death claims, if your loved one has died because of a collision with a truck. Your first consultation is free, so contact Lebowitz and Mzhen today.
Police: Fire Truck Rear-Ended On Beltway, NBC4.com, March 22, 2007
Related Web Resource:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics-CNTBS, University of Michigan