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.
These accidents serve as a reminder to Maryland drivers that trucks—especially very top-heavy trucks—are incredibly difficult to drive, and are much more challenging to control than a standard car. Steering, braking, and other corrections are not able to be done quickly, and many truck accidents come as a result of a car overestimating a truck’s ability to react to changing traffic scenarios.
The Maryland truck accident attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins extend their deepest condolences to the family of Terry Myers, and urge all Maryland and District area drivers to use caution and care when driving near large trucks.
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