The Baltimore Sun reported this week that a recent accident in which a large flatbed truck struck a Baltimore Beltway overpass sent debris and metal in the path of oncoming cars. The flatbed truck, owned by the company Six M Co. Inc. of Whiteford, was carrying an excavator from a nearby construction site. The southbound truck could not fit beneath the bridge, which had a clearance of 16 feet and 4 inches. A Maryland state spokesperson explained that the truck driver did not lower the equipment enough to go underneath the overpass, so the large equipment hit the structure and sent debris (including an overhead sign and chains) onto the roads and into oncoming traffic. Truck driver negligence, such as this, is often the cause of big rig accidents in Maryland.

State officials closed two of three lanes on the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway and the two right-hand lanes of Interstate 95 southbound while the debris was cleared. The state’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division is reviewing company records and reconstructing the accident to see if any charges will be filed or penalties assessed. Large trucks are required to have a state permit if they exceed a height of 13 feet, 6 inches.

Traffic accidents can be very serious and can cause life-threatening injuries to motorists involved. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) reports that each year, traffic crashes kill more people in Maryland than homicides. Large truck accidents can be especially dangerous for car or motorcycle drivers involved; due to their immense size and heavy cargo, large trucks often inflict extraordinary damage when they hit a smaller vehicle, even at slow speeds. Motorists involved in truck accidents can suffer spinal damage, brain damage, head trauma, broken bones, internal injuries, or even death.

Being involved in a large truck accident can have a devastating impact on one’s life, and compensation is needed for victims to recover from their injuries and pay for unexpected costs associated with the accident, such as medical bills or paying for vehicle damage. The experienced Maryland tractor trailer accident attorney Steven H. Heisler, “The Injury Lawyer,” can help you receive any deserved compensation if involved in a large truck accident caused by the truck driver’s negligence. Please call (877) 228-4878 for a no-cost consultation.