By: Allan M. Siegel
A chain reaction crash in Prince George’s County on Interstate 95
killed a 13-year old boy and critically injured a Baltimore woman. According
to Maryland state police, the crash occurred December 13th near the Intercounty
Connector and involved four vehicles.
Investigators report that the crash was initiated when a disabled vehicle
came to a stop in traffic on I-95 around 9 p.m. As the Dodge Caravan carrying
the boy and the woman slowed when approaching the disabled vehicle, it
was struck in the back by a tractor-trailer and pushed into the stalled
car. Another vehicle also collided with the tractor-trailer following
the initial collision.
Authorities shut down both directions of the interstate Tuesday evening
as they transported victims to nearby hospitals. Unfortunately, the boy
succumbed to his injuries and the woman was admitted in critical condition.
Two occupants in the disabled vehicle were also injured and transported
to a local hospital.
Although investigators have pieced together some of what took place, they
will continue to look closely at the incident in order to determine if
negligence or safety violations were involved. For example, a driver who
is distracted or
fatigued might not be able to slow or stop in time when approaching a section of
slowed traffic. This was the case in a high profile crash involving comedian
Tracy Morgan in 2014, who was injured in a collision involving a truck
driver who had been awake for over 24 hours. In that crash, traffic and
the vehicle carrying Morgan were slowed due to road work.
Further investigations could provide additional insight into the cause
of this crash, and our team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel,
P.C. is hopeful that any insight gained helps prevent similar tragedies
from taking place in the future. As a proven
truck accident law firm, our personal injury lawyers are available to help anyone injured
in a collision involving a tractor-trailer as they navigate the legal