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Truck Driver Blamed in Bay Bridge Plunge

Allison Denton3 years ago

According to CBS Baltimore, the driver of the 18-wheeler that pushed a young woman’s car off of the Bay Bridge last summer is responsible for the incident.

Truck Driver Inexperienced

Morgan Lake, the driver of the car, was sitting in traffic on the bridge when her car plunged over the wall and into the water. Luckily, Lake survived the incident.

Investigators determined that the driver of the 18-wheeler took his eyes off of the road before the accident; his inattention caused him to rear end Lake’s car at between 47 and 51 miles per hour.

The driver was reportedly inexperienced; it was the first time he drove alone from Canada into the United States and the first time he crossed the Bay Bridge.

As a result of the many accidents that occur on the bridge, safety measures are being implemented. Curve signs have been installed to remind drivers where curves are located, and signs reminding drivers of speed limits will be posted soon.

U.S. Trucking Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,921 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in United States in 2012 – up 4 percent from 3,781 recorded in 2011.

In addition, another 104,000 people were injured in large truck accidents, an 18 percent increase from 2011 when 2011 were recorded.

Among those killed in trucking accident in 2012:

  • 73 percent were occupants in vehicles other than large trucks.
  • 18 percent were large truck occupants.
  • 10 percent were non-occupants such as pedestrians and bicyclist.

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