According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 549 traffic fatalities in Maryland in 2009, the last year for which statistics have been fully reported. Although there is no separate breakdown for fatalities in accidents involving tractor trailers, police, insurance investigators and other interested parties readily note that trucking accidents involving these large and heavy rigs result in deaths and serious injuries at a comparatively high rate.
Two recent accidents within the state involving tractor trailers serve as a reminder of that point. Both occurred earlier this month in rural Caroline County.
One of those crashes happened in Ridgely, when a motorist driving a pick-up truck failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by a tractor trailer. The driver of the smaller vehicle died at the scene of the accident. The tractor trailer slid down an embankment on impact, but the driver of the rig was not seriously hurt.
In the other accident, which occurred in Federalsburg, Maryland State Police reported that, once again, a motorist – this time driving a car – failed to stop when required to. The driver ran through a red light and struck the side of a tractor trailer. The car became stuck under the trailer and was dragged for several hundred feet before the truck driver was able to stop.
The driver of the car died at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer was not seriously injured.
Related Resource: www.wboc.com “Deadly Weekend on Caroline County Roads” December 19, 2010