The many windy roads around Maryland and major thoroughfares between Baltimore and the other major cities in the region mean a heightened risk of truck traffic and truck accidents. While most of the haulers on the highways are responsible drivers, accidents do happen. And when trucks are involved, damage can be severe; spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries or wrongful death.
Such accidents are always horrible. The only thing that might make them worse is if the negligent truck driver responsible crashed the vehicle on purpose and left innocent victims in his wake. Such is apparently what happened in a case that dates back to March 2010. In addition to three people suffering serious injuries, authorities pursued criminal charges against the truck driver and won a conviction. The driver was recently sentenced to eight years in federal prison.
Here's what happened. According to court records, the moving company driver got into a confrontation with someone while on a job in New Carrollton. When police arrived in response, the 40-year-old Hanover man fled in his truck and began driving around on area country roads, the Capital Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. It was along the B-W Parkway that the driver purposely crashed his truck into five vehicles.
One of the struck vehicles got pushed into a tree. The driver of that vehicle had to be cut from the wreckage by emergency crews and suffered a brain injury and broken bones. Another car, carrying a man and his 10-year-old daughter, began rolling over and left the occupants with neck and back injuries.
Sometime later, the truck driver robbed an Anne Arundel County liquor store of a pack of cigarettes. That's when authorities finally caught up with him and arrested him.
The reports about the sentencing don't offer any insight as to what sparked the extent of the man's behavior. Why did he do it? Regardless of the answer, in the prosecution's words, "It was not an accident." And a jury agreed.
Also, regardless of the answer, those who were victims of this rampage of negligence have a right to seek just compensation from the driver, the company he worked for and the insurers who covered them both for the injuries and other losses suffered.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Truck driver sentenced to prison for ramming cars on Baltimore-Washington Parkway," Tricia Bishop, July 18, 2012