Maryland State Police are looking into a fatal tractor-trailer accident in Anne Arundel County. The single-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer happened at approximately 5:10 a.m. From the accident report, it appears the trailer in Anne Arundel County failed to negotiate a curve on the roadway appropriately.
The MPD troopers responded to southbound Interstate 97 at Benfield Boulevard following a report of an overturned tractor-trailer. The preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle was southbound on the interstate to the ramp to the eastbound Benfield Boulevard.
The trailer driver failed to negotiate the curve, traveled down an embankment, and entered into a ditch where it overturned. The impact ejected the driver, identified as 65-year-old Lavoisier Drakeford of Glenarden, from the trailer and trapped him under the cab. The authorities declared the victim dead at the scene.
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration closed the ramp for five hours. The tractor-trailer accident in Anne Arundel County remains under investigation by the MPD Crash Team. There is no additional information.
Traffic accidents are not uncommon in Maryland, and they often result in minor, severe, or fatal consequences. For example, a minor result of a crash could be a cut or scrape, while severe consequences could be broken bones, dislocations, traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, etc. A fatal result simply refers to a person losing their life in the crash.
Under Maryland law, an accident survivor who is not at fault for the crash can request compensation from the fault party. Where the person dies, their legal beneficiaries can file a wrongful death claim. Here, they will get the damages the victim would have gotten had they lived as well as death benefits like funeral and burial expenses.
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