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No criminal charges for driver in commercial truck accident

Every day the media reports on horrific crashes that forever change the lives of the victims. If the wreck involves a large vehicle, then the aftermath often proves deadly. Recently, a Maryland prosecutor announced that a driver who was believed responsible for a fatal commercial truck accident will not face any criminal charges.

The wreck occurred in January of this year. It was purportedly triggered by a driver who was possibly not attentive enough to the braking of the vehicles in front of him. According to the police, a motorcade of buses carrying Maryland lawmakers was given the right-of-way at an interchange located at the Interstate 70 and I-270 location. Motorcycle officers were setting up rolling stops along the ramp in order to allow the buses to travel ahead of other motorists. A driver of a dump truck that was fully loaded purportedly failed to stop in time to prevent a collision.

His truck slammed into the smaller vehicle traveling a head of him. This vehicle was then shoved into the car ahead of it. The one in the middle then burst into flames, killing the 46-year-old male driver. The dump truck driver and the other motorist suffered injuries. Though witnesses believed that the commercial driver was distracted by his cell phone at the time, prosecutors stated that there was no way to determine that as a fact. 

Officials also stated that faulty brakes may have played a role in this tragic commercial truck accident, but further claimed that the circumstances did not rise to a criminal level. Unfortunately, the victim's family are forced to deal with the loss of their loved one and will not see justice for his death in the form of criminal charges. Along with their emotional pain, his family may also be struggling with the financial damages that may have quickly accumulated due to funeral expenses and lost wages. In similar situations, families of victims may elect to pursue a wrongful death claim against the parties who may be liable for their untimely deaths. 

Source: NBC Washington, "Prosecutor: No Crime For Fatal Crash Near Congressional Motorcade", Scott Macfarlane, Sept. 4, 2017

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