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Under-ride, semi-truck accidents can be some of the most devastating accidents on the roadway, often resulting in serious personal injury or even death. One Maryland man narrowly escaped such injury after an early morning collision with a semi-truck in Hartford County on January, not long after a recent winter weather storm dropped several inches on snow in the area.

The man, driving an SUV, crashed into the back end of a semi tanker that was hauling gasoline, lodging his own vehicle underneath. According to authorities, the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department was called out to Route 152 near the Interstate 95 on-ramp around 9 a.m. to assist with the accident.

Crews were able to successfully rescue the driver of the SUV, who only suffered minor injuries in the collision. Officials stated that he refused to be taken to the hospital. The semi-truck driver was not injured in the accident.

Due to the nature of the collision, one county hazmat team had to be called out to the scene, to inspect and ensure the area was safe and not hazardous to life nearby. These officials reported that they did not find any leaks on the tanker, but that the truck was towed away to conduct a more thorough inspection for potential damage.

The ramp to southbound I-95 was closed for multiple hours, and traffic had to be detoured, as crews cleaned up the scene after the crash. Maryland State Police continued to investigate the crash.

Tanker accidents have the potential to create extremely dangerous conditions, including chemical leaks, fires, or explosions—all of which can cause serious burns to accident victims. When these types of tanker accidents also involve under-ride collisions, accident victims can be left helpless and completely dependent on emergency aid for rescue.

At Lewis & Tompkins, we are thankful to hear that the man involved in this accident was able to escape the collision with only minor injuries. If you have any questions or comments regarding truck collisions or under-ride accidents, please feel free to contact us for more important information.

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On Monday, March 18, 2013, Terry Lee Myers of Woodsboro, MD died early in the morning when his cement truck flipped on Md. 75 near Clemsonville Road.

Myers, 58, was heading southbound on Md. 75, on his way from Lehigh Cement Co. with a fresh load of cement, when he lost control of the truck on a curve. The truck crossed the center line and overturned into a culvert near Union Bridge, coming to rest in Sam’s Creek. The cab of the truck was seriously damaged, and firefighters pronounced Myers dead at the scene. The Maryland State Police are trying to find out the cause of Myers losing control of the vehicle, as well as whether he was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

This crash marks the second fatal truck accident on Md. 75 in the past four months. In November, a tractor trailer had a similar accident near Moravia that killed two construction workers. In that crash, however, the driver of the tractor trailer was charges with negligent homicide, as the truck was not legally allowed to operate in Maryland and had several bad brakes.

Most drivers are aware of the regulations that govern their car driving privileges, especially those concerning the use of drugs and alcohol. There is now a nationwide standard that sets the blood alcohol content (BAC) at 0.08 percent. This means that as long as you are driving safely with a BAC of 0.08 percent or lower, no matter when you consumed the alcohol that was in your system, you are—by legal standards—fine to operate your vehicle.

Commercial drivers and other transportation professionals face much more stringent standards. These operators not only face a much stricter BAC limit, but time also becomes a factor that determines legality. This rule governing time, know casually as the “bottle to throttle” rule, varies from industry to industry. Airline pilots follow a federally-placed 8-hour “bottle to throttle” limit. The Federal Aviation Administration also enforces a BAC of 0.04 percent to fly—most airlines, however, choose to employ a higher “bottle to throttle” time and a lower acceptable BAC.

Truck drivers also face a maximum acceptable BAC of 0.04 percent, but without an imposed regulation on when the drinks could be consumed. This means, theoretically, that a driver could have a beer and hit the road—the very road that you and your loved ones may be traveling on.

Did you know there’s something you can do if you think a trucking company or a bus company has violated a safety law or regulation? There is! The federal agency in charge of regulating trucking and busing companies welcomes consumer complaints. We all have to step up and take action to keep dangerous truck drivers, negligent trucking companies, and poorly run busing companies off our highways.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the federal agency charged with preventing commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries. To that end, the administration uses strong enforcement tactics to ensure that companies follow safety regulations. The administration also targets high-risk carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers, strengthens commercial motor vehicle equipment and operating standards, and works to increase safety awareness. One way the administration carries out these missions is by teaming up with consumers.

If you have experienced safety issues with a moving company, busing company, or trucking company, you may call a hotline or file an online complaint. FMCSA wants to hear from consumers. By reviewing and acting on consumer complaints, the administration can improve motor carrier safety enforcement as well as address discrimination and service issues.

Reports from rural Baltimore County say that 48-year-old Tim Wheatley, the business editor of The Baltimore Sun was killed in a UPS truck accident while his 9-year-old daughter was seriously injured in the Maryland truck accident.

Wheatley was taking a left turn at an intersection in Dover, Maryland, on Monday morning when his car collided with the truck. The intersection’s light was working at the time of the accident and it is unclear who had the right of way or if either vehicle ran a red light. The car was t-boned by the UPS truck, which struck the driver’s side of Wheatley’s car. His daughter was in the front passenger’s seat.

Wheatley was declared dead at the scene of the Maryland truck accident while EMS workers rushed his daughter to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. It is not known whether the UPS driver was injured in the truck accident.

The Associated Press and the Baltimore Sun report that volunteer fire chief Charles Clough, Junior, was killed in a one-vehicle accident on April 15, 2009, while responding to an emergency call. He was 41 years old. Emergency workers who responded to the crash said that the man died at the scene of the truck accident, according to a spokesman for the Queen Anne’s County fire and medical emergency services, Kevin Aftung.

Clough was the commanding officer of the Sudlersville volunteer fire department in Queen Anne’s County. Around 7:45 on Wednesday, the man was in a company truck and received notice of a fire in Sudlersville. While rushing to the scene of the emergency, he lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway, and struck a tree. He was the only occupant in the truck at the time of the accident. Clough, who was known to friends and family as “Buck,” was responding to an appliance fire taking place on Main Street. The crash occurred on Sudlersville Cemetery Road near Duhamel Corner Road.

Clough became fire chief in January of this year and had been part of the volunteer fire department for 26 years. He had also been fire chief in past years and was re-elected to the position this year.

On August 9, 2008, 19-year-old Candy Lynn Baldwin fell asleep at the wheel while crossing the Bay Bridge. Her car veered out of her lane and into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer. The big rig, trying to avoid the accident, swerved, hit another car, and then drove through a barrier and into the Chesapeake Bay thirty feet below. The driver, who was carrying over 20,000 pounds of frozen chicken, died in the crash.

Now Maryland Transportation Authority Police are learning that more than fatigue could have played a part in the accident. Baldwin now says that she went to a wedding reception earlier in the day and also to a bar called the Iguana Cantina later in the evening with a fried. The woman admits to drinking three alcoholic beverages at the reception and at least one more at the club before getting behind the wheel.

By the time her blood alcohol content was taken at four in the morning in the hours after the wreck, it was 0.036 – under the legal limit. Still, Baldwin was charged with violating a license restriction, negligent driving, and failure to stay in her lane. She was charged almost $500 in fines.

The Baltimore Sun reports that an afternoon truck accident shut down all four northbound lanes of I-95 as well as two southbound lanes for roughly five hours near Washington Boulevard.

According to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a couple driving an 18-wheeler lost control of their vehicle and jackknifed. The accident caused the big rig to catch fire and involved several other vehicles that were unable to avoid the wreckage. The fire took emergency workers 25 minutes to extinguish.

The woman, who was the passenger in the tractor-trailer, was trapped in the cab of the truck and died in the fire. The husband, who was the driver, managed to escape. The others involved in the crash suffered only minor injuries. Although there were some winter weather conditions, the actual cause of the accident is unknown, since there did not seem to be ice on the road at the time of the crash.

It might have come to rest on the shoulder or settled beside a guardrail, harming no one, barely noticed.

But the wheel that somehow fell off a truck being towed Wednesday on the Capital Beltway’s outer loop bounced wildly. It crossed the median, struck the grill of a tractor-trailer and ricocheted back across two shoulders and three travel lanes before landing on Channing M. Quinichett’s Honda Civic.

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A trash hauling truck struck a passenger vehicle on I-270. The two occupants of the vehicle, a man and a woman, were pinned under the back two wheels of the tractor trailor.

While they survived, both passengers of the vehicle sustained serious personal injuries, including neck and back injuries. There were taken by amublance to the hospital. In Montgomery County, Maryland, these victims will probably need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney, like us, to assist them when the trucking company says they were not hurt when the truck landed on top of them!