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Motorist dies in collision with tractor-trailer in Maryland

With an ever-increasing amount of interstate traffic through Maryland, 18-wheelers and other large trucks are everywhere on the state's highways. And with more vehicles come a higher potential for traffic accidents.

Truck accidents can be particularly damaging for a number of reasons. Cars and most other passenger vehicles are simply no match against an enormous tractor-trailer or tanker truck in a collision. It can also be much more difficult for large trucks to slow down and stop in traffic due to their sheer weight, which is why it's important for smaller-vehicle drivers to avoid cutting off trucks in traffic. They may not be able to avoid running into you if you pull in front of them and slow down abruptly.

Unfortunately, accidents between large trucks and cars often result in serious injury or death. That was the case with a crash in Aberdeen, Maryland, early Thursday morning. At about 5 a.m., a tractor-trailer collided with a Chevrolet sedan, causing damage so severe that the sedan driver had to be extricated from his car by the Police Department. The truck driver didn't suffer any injuries, but the driver of the car was pronounced dead after being rushed to a hospital.

As yet it's unknown what caused the crash. City police and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Crash Team and Commercial Vehicle Inspection Team are investigating, according to a news release. If the driver of the truck is found at fault, the car driver's family may choose to file a wrongful-death lawsuit, especially if reckless driving, poor truck maintenance or improper loading of the truck was involved. While not all truck accidents are caused by driver error, those that are can result in monetary compensation for the injury or death of another motorist.

Source: ExploreHarford.com, "Man dies in crash at Route 22, Beards Hill Road in Aberdeen," Kayla Bawroski, Jan. 26, 2012

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