A Rash of 18-Wheeler Tractor-Trailer Truck Accidents on I-495 in Montgomery County, Maryland (MD)
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD - May 1, 2020 - According to an online news article published on wusa9.com, the Maryland State Police have issued warnings to commercial truck drivers. The Maryland State Police are reminding truckers to keep alert and to navigate more carefully, although there are fewer motor vehicles on the roadways. The warning states that many accidents are occurring because there are fewer automobiles on the road, and this "false sense of security" is causing truckers to let down their guard resulting in a rash of recent truck crashes.
The Maryland State Police stated that their department has responded to about six tractor-trailer accidents along the I-495 beltway over the past seven days. The significant uptick in truck accidents has the Maryland State Police urging truckers to exercise more caution, especially along this stretch of interstate. On April 24, 2020, the Maryland State Police reported that more law enforcement officers would patrol the Capitol Beltway in Montgomery County. This increased police presence was in response to several tractor-trailer truck accidents that occurred within 12 hours.
On April 24, 2020, an accident involving two 18-wheeler trucks occurred at the southbound I-270 merge. Law enforcement officers stated that they believe one of the trucks failed to successfully negotiate a curve, which made the truck jackknife in front of another tractor-trailer truck. The driver of the second 18-wheeler truck was not able to avoid striking the jackknifing truck.
This past Thursday, the Maryland State Police began investigating five other 18-wheeler tractor-trailer truck accidents that shut down the Capital Beltway for several hours. The Maryland State Police stated that three of the accidents were caused by driving at speeds that were too fast for the driving conditions.
The first tractor-trailer truck happened on the inner loop of I-495. The second and third accidents occurred within minutes of each other at the I-495 outer loop at Bradley and Connecticut avenues.
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