• October 11, 2022

Pedestrian Injured in Tow Truck Accident on Tiber Ct in Montgomery Village, MD

Montgomery Village, MD — October 10, 2022, a pedestrian was injured when a vehicle rolled off a tow truck and hit them on Tiber Court in Montgomery County.

Authorities say the incident happened Monday along the 19500 block of Tiber Court near Way Ridge Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a vehicle on a tow truck somehow came loose and rolled into a pedestrian standing or walking nearby.

The adult pedestrian was taken to a hospital in unspecified condition.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Montgomery Village Accident on Tiber Ct

When a car rolls off a tow truck like this there are typically two possible explanations: Either the operator screwed up attaching or something malfunctioned. Both possibilities need careful investigation. Clearly if the operator made a mistake and someone got hurt, they (and their employer) should be held responsible. If a malfunction caused the incident, however, the item's maker could be liable and they should also be made aware of the problem before more people are hurt.

Pedestrian Injured in Tow Truck Accident on Tiber Ct in Montgomery Village, MD

Unfortunately distinguishing exactly what went wrong can be pretty complex and detailed work, which is why an accident like this should be looked at by independent accident reconstructionists. Police can ask questions and examine the scene, but evaluating something as complex as a potential manufacturing defect generally requires specialized tools and training. Police departments rarely have access to that sort of thing, but independent experts can focus on those unusual possibilities and make sure all the facts come to light. Whether that uncovers an opportunity to hold someone accountable or simply gets more answers, it's a vital step forward after a serious incident like this.

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