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Interstate 80 Big Rig Crash Causes Death of Montgomery County Family

By Alpert Schreyer on September 18, 2012

A recent big rig accident on Interstate 80 in Nebraska resulted in the deaths of a Gaithersburg couple, their two sons and unborn child when a semi truck crashed into the back of one of the their vehicles setting off a chain reaction. As reported by The Associated Press, the family was moving from Montgomery County, MD to California when the accident happened.

The incident began when a big rig crashed into a stalled truck earlier that morning on Interstate 80, resulting in the death of the big rig driver and delaying traffic on the highway. The traffic congestion caused the Maryland family’s two cars to stop, at which time a speeding tractor trailer rear-ended the husband’s vehicle propelling it into the vehicle occupied by his wife and children, causing their car to strike the truck in front of them. Both cars then burst into flames.

The driver responsible for the fatal truck crash has been charged with four counts of manslaughter, for the two parents and their two children, and one count of vehicular homicide of an unborn child. Authorities have not revealed further details, but have stated that they believe the semi truck driver was operating his vehicle carelessly before the crash.

Due to the great size, weight, and possible speed of a tractor trailer, a crash involving such a vehicle can often end in multiple fatalities, most often felt by those not in the truck. Often, such accidents are due to the negligent or reckless driving of the vehicle’s operator, putting everyone around them at risk for a horrific accident.

At Alpert Schreyer, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured victims and the families of those who have died due to another’s reckless actions. Through skilled and dedicated legal representation, our Maryland tractor trailer crash lawyers work to create a solid case that proves guilt, finds needed compensation, and may help to prevent such accidents from happening again in the future. For more information on how we may be able to help you, call (844) 632-7274.

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