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Tanker Truck Ignites Fatal 55-Vehicle Pileup on Icy I-95 in Baltimore

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.

Maryland Truck Accident LawyerAuthorities 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 their damages.

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 car and truck accident 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 free consultations.