• August 24, 2022

Francisco Medero Killed in Garbage Truck Rollover Accident in Deale, MD

Deale, MD — August 23, 2022, 54-year-old Francisco Medero died when a garbage truck overturned on Broadwater Road in Deale.

According to reports the incident happened around 11:15 a.m. on Broadwater near Blaine Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests that a Freightliner trash truck was traveling east on the roadway when it approached a wide dually pickup headed the other direction.

Both trucks tried to give the other a wide berth to pass, but the garbage truck's right wheels left the edge of the curbless road and sank in the mud. The truck then overturned on its right side.

Medero and another employee were riding on the back of the truck; the second employee jumped to safety as it overturned, but Medero was unable to get free and the truck rolled onto him.

No further information is currently available.

Francisco Medero Killed in Garbage Truck Rollover Accident in Deale, MD

Commentary on Francisco Medero Accident in Deale

Reports paint a picture of an unfortunate accident happening even as the driver tried to prevent a crash with the oncoming pickup (the two didn't collide). Some may see this is as tragic but basically unavoidable, but after many long years of looking at commercial truck accidents I wonder if that second part is really true. Any time I see a fatal truck rollover, I can't help wondering if the truck actually had to tip over at all.

People may think a top-heavy vehicle like a commercial truck doesn't really have a lot of choice but to overturn if it tips. In many cases they'd be right, but at the same time big rigs often are flawed in design or manufacture and can overturn much too easily. This is an issue in the trucking industry which puts countless unsuspecting truckers at risk. If a truck's design or manufacture unnecessarily endangers its driver or makes a crash worse than it has to be, then the vehicle's maker should be held accountable. Click below to learn more.

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