Commercial semi-trucks and construction vehicles are designed to perform a specific function, whether it be carrying a large amount of cargo across the nation’s highways or hauling away waste from a construction site. They are not, however, designed to travel the smaller streets of an urban or suburban area. When large trucks are required to operate on smaller surface streets, those who routinely use these roads are put at great risk of being the victim of a Maryland truck accident.
Operators of large trucks have a difficult time driving on smaller roads for several reasons. Most often, these trucks have enormous blind spots making it difficult to see nearby pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists. Additionally, commercial trucks and construction vehicles have a large turning radius, making it difficult for drivers to maintain their lane when executing tight turns. While those who are forced to share the road with a large truck should take precaution to avoid an accident, the duty to safely operate the truck rests with the driver.
Fatal On-Campus Bicycle Accident Claims One Student’s Life
Earlier this month, a Boston University graduate student was killed in a bicycle accident involving a dump truck. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the accident occurred on campus, near the school’s museum.
Evidently, a dump truck was stopped at a red traffic signal, preparing to make a right turn. The student pulled up on the right side of the truck, also planning on making a right turn. As the light turned green both the truck driver as well as the student began to make their turns. As the truck rounded the corner, however, one of the truck’s tires ran over the bicyclist.
The bicyclist was taken to the hospital by emergency workers, where he was later pronounced dead. The bicyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Police have begun an investigation into the fatal bicycle accident, and indicated that they would wait until the conclusion of the investigation to determine if any charges will be filed against the driver of the dump truck.
Liability in Maryland Bicycle Accidents
Anyone who has been injured in a Maryland bicycle accident may be entitled to compensation for the injuries they have sustained. To prove liability, an accident victim must be able to establish that the other motorist violated some duty of care that was owed to the accident victim. This constitutes negligence. Additionally, the accident victim must be able to show that the other driver’s negligence was the cause of their injuries.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland traffic accident, the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC can help. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we represent injury victims in all types of traffic accident cases across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. We handle Maryland motorcycle accidents, as well as truck, bus, and car accidents. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation against the parties responsible for your injuries, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today.
More Blog Posts:
Pursuing a Claim of Negligence Following a Maryland Motorcycle Accident, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published November 13, 2018.
Recovering after a Maryland Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accident, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published November 6, 2018.