• July 11, 2019

Trooper Warren Thompson, 1 Injured in Forestville, MD, Chain-Reaction Accident

Forestville, MD -- July 9, 2019, Trooper Warren Thompson and another person were injured due to an accident where multiple vehicles crashed on the highway.

According to initial details given by the Maryland State Police, the crash happened at around 10:00 a.m.

Reports say that 42-year-old Trooper Thompson arrived near the intersection of I-495 and Pennsylvania Avenue due to a previous crash. While on the scene, reports say that two separate collision occurred, one after the other. In the second collision, a dump truck crashed into three other vehicles, pushing those vehicles into Trooper Thompson.

Following the series of events, Trooper Thompson and one of the other drivers involved were taken to local hospitals. Their injuries did not appear life-threatening.

Reports indicate that two drivers were cited for failing to reduce their speed. It's unclear which vehicles they were driving.

Additional details are unavailable at this time.

Commentary

There are countless factors that need to be investigated here, but it seems the more significant impact here was the one involving the dump truck. Determining the exact timing of the impact is going to be a crucial detail to pin down in order to find out if the truck driver bears responsibility for these injuries.

If several vehicles crash directly in the path of a truck driver, it may create a situation which few drivers could reasonably avoid. If that's true, it's possible this driver had no chance of avoiding the wreck. On the other hand, if moments passed between the two impacts, then a responsible driver should have been able to see the previous wreck and slow down to avoid it.

Given my experience, trucking companies will go to great lengths to make the accident seem as unavoidable as possible. It's going to take clear evidence to either confirm or otherwise counter those claims. The sooner an independent investigator looks into this, the better.

--Grossman Law Offices

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