Jacob Jackson Killed in Frederick, MD, Motorcade Accident
Frederick, MD -- January 25, 2017, Jacob Jackson was killed following an accident in which a dump truck rear-ended his vehicle while a motorcade passed.
Officials from the Maryland State Police report that the fatal crash occurred around 9:00 a.m. near the I-70/I-270 interchange. At the time, traffic was slowing due to a motorcade traveling from Washington D.C. to West Virginia.
According to preliminary reports, 46-year-old Jacob Jackson was driving an SUV as the motorcade began to pass. He slowed down to allow the chain of vehicles to pass. As he did so, at least three dump trucks behind him failed to slow down in time and crashed into the back of SUV. This collision caused the front dump truck and Jackson's SUV to catch fire.
Jackson suffered fatal injuries due to the crash. He was taken from the scene to Frederick Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after. Two of the dump truck drivers were also injured in the accident. They were both treated at Frederick Memorial.
Authorities did not say if any charges or citations were issued in relation to the accident. Investigations are still ongoing.
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I've been seeing some people responding to this accident with anger toward the motorcade for causing the accident. I have a co-worker who grew up in Maryland and lived in Northern Virginia. He says that motorcades for "government muckety-mucks" in that part of the country are just an inconvenient part of life. It's completely understandable that a lot of residents would be upset when an annoying feature of their lives claims a life. Undoubtedly, this will manifest itself in any potential jury, should a case materialize from this accident and go to trial.
One of the beneficiaries of this outrage may be the very trucking company that caused this fatal accident. For a trucking company, it's easy to point the finger at anyone but themselves. If the facts are stacking up against the truck driver involved in the crash, then the trucking company will do what they can to minimize their liability. They have teams of lawyers whose sole purpose is to do just this. So if a community is up in arms about a motorcade that turned deadly, it would be naive to believe that defense attorneys won't take that ball and run with it. Every bit of blame they can pin on the motorcade reduces the liability of the trucking companies.
There are probably many of you who see this and think, "Why in the world would anyone blame the motorcade for this accident?" Well, it certainly wouldn't be the first time that happened. Here in Dallas, there was a motorcycle officer that was leading Hillary Clinton's motorcade back during her 2008 campaign. He was involved in an accident during the motorcade and died as a result. When the family sued, the defendant's attorneys dragged Clinton's motorcade into the lawsuit.
Do you know what assuages any potential jury outrage? Evidence. The only way to get the facts is with a thorough, independent investigation. Even a couple of weeks after the accident, the Maryland State Police investigation is primarily concerned with determining whether or not something criminal took place. Getting civil compensation for the victims is beyond the scope of their mission.
Trucking companies do what they can to shift blame elsewhere. Fighting back takes experience, evidence, and determination to keep things fair, so that those affected by truck accidents can get the compensation they rightly deserve.
--Grossman Law Offices