Getting behind the wheel of a passenger car under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous. That danger, however, multiplies greatly when the impaired driver is operating an 18 wheeler or other big truck. The main concern about trucks driven by intoxicated or drugged drivers with impaired judgment, motor skills, and reaction time, is that they share the road with smaller vehicles. This might have been the case in a multi-vehicle accident in Calvert County that injured eight people, including a child.
As reported by The BayNet, a mid-afternoon motor vehicle accident that occurred recently in Prince Frederick left 8 people injured. Authorities said a 51-year-old man was driving a stake body truck south on Route 2/4 when the vehicle failed to stop at the intersection. The truck struck the back of a Hyundai and pushed it over to the median until the car flipped over the highway’s northbound lane. The truck traveled into the northbound lane and collided head-on with a northbound vehicle, also a Hyundai.
It has been reported that the 30-year-old female driver of the second Hyundai, who was trapped inside her vehicle, was taken to the hospital with facial and leg injuries. A 5-year-old boy in the Hyundai also sustained serious injuries. It was also reported that a total of 8 people sustained injuries in the crash, with many victims refusing treatment. Authorities said the truck driver failed miserably in field sobriety tests. A pipe and a bowl containing marijuana residue were found in the truck. The truck driver faces DUI charges.
“Because truck drivers operate massive vehicles, their responsibility is not only limited to the cargo they transport, but they are also responsible for the safety of other people on the road.” says big truck wreck attorney Lawrence Flick (www.flicklawfirm.com).
Reckless driving is commonly associated with drugged or drunk driving, and this dangerous driving behavior is all too common on Maryland streets and highways. Often, impaired drivers cause serious injuries to others by their negligent actions, leaving innocent victims with mounting medical bills.
Drugged driving can lead to criminal charges. When impaired drivers cause accidents involving injuries to other people, they can also be held civilly liable for any injuries.