A case stemming from a 2009 Baltimore accident between a tanker truck and a bicyclist has settled for $5 million, according to The Baltimore Sun. In August of 2009, a 67-year-old bicyclist was riding behind a tanker truck when the truck made a right turn. The bicyclist got caught in the truck’s rear wheels and was killed. The family of the bicyclist sued the truck driver and his employer for $5 million for a wrongful death.
However, investigators found that the bicyclist was at-fault in the crash. An attorney for the family called the investigation “"one of the sloppiest investigations in a fatality that I personally have seen in years."
The truck driver did not stop at the scene of the accident, and no charges were filed against him. Investigators believe that the driver was not aware that the accident had even taken place. The truck driver was located when police discovered the truck at his employer’s service yard and it matched a video of the truck from a nearby surveillance camera. DNA was lifted from the vehicle that matched the bicyclist’s.
As a result of the Maryland truck accident, a law went into effect last October that required drivers to maintain a three foot distance when passing a bicycle. According to the family’s attorneys, they were pleased with the passage of the law and were not interested in taking the case to a trial. However, one of their attorneys said that had the case gone to trial, evidence would have been presented that showed the truck driver failed to signal before his turn. The attorney also claims the truck driver ignored the large signs which alerted motorists that bicyclists were in the area.
As this particular story demonstrates, Maryland auto accident litigation can be complex. To ensure that full compensation is obtained for your truck accident case, you may want to contact a Maryland truck crash lawyer with years of experience and a successful track record.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in Maryland, you may have a claim against both the truck driver and the trucking company. You could receive compensation for hospital bills, medical expenses, vehicle damage, and more. Contact the Maryland truck accident attorneys at Alpert Schreyer today at 1-301-932-9997 for a free consultation on your case.