By: Allan M. Siegel
A fiery crash early Saturday morning in Baltimore resulted in a fatal 55-vehicle
pileup, two deaths, and dozens of injured victims. According to officials
from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the crash occurred
shortly after 5:00 a.m. when a tanker truck transporting fuel skidded
off the icy roadway of Interstate 95. A fire erupted, and 55 vehicles
were ultimately involved in the pileup.
Authorities are investigating the crash, but have contributed a great deal
of the resulting pileup to ice-covered roads. In fact, a video captured
by a bystander showed the fuel truck skidding into a barrier and flipping
over into a space between opposing traffic. Following the eruption of
the fire, the video shows approaching vehicles failing in their attempts
to stop and the resulting chain reaction crash.
Although roads were icy, it is possible that the truck driver failed to
operate his vehicle safely, in light of the known weather conditions.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Regulations require
that truck drivers take into account weather conditions when driving their
commercial vehicles. Victims injured in the crash, and families who lost
loved ones in the collision, have a right to know if negligence played
a role as they begin rebuilding their lives and the legal process of recovering
This past weekend’s tragedy is an unfortunate reminder of the dangers
of icy road conditions. In fact, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh commented
on the collision, reminding everyone about the importance of exercising
extreme caution in the presence of severe weather.
Across the DC Metro Area and other parts of the country, there has been
a spike in serious car accidents, injuries, and deaths as weather conditions
decrease visibility and make roadways wet or slick with ice. Motorists
are advised to stay off the road when weather becomes severe, and to practice
safe and proactive driving behaviors when traveling. You can read our blog on
winter driving safety tips to brush up on ways to stay safe when driving during bad weather.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we have represented many
victims who were involved in crashes in which poor weather and icy roadways
were factors. Although poor weather causes many wrecks, victims have the
right to further investigate the crash in order to determine whether an
at-fault driver was upholding their legal obligation to drive safely,
and if necessary, pursue legal action for compensation of their losses.
Our team of awarded lawyers is always available to help victims and families
better understand their rights after being harmed in traffic collisions during