Periodically, the Maryland Injury Attorney Blog receives contributions for the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of our profession. Recently, we were forwarded this videotaped deposition of an 'expert witness', which immediately ascended to First Place in both 'Bad' and 'Ugly' categories.
It is, however, extremely funny. Happy viewing, and remember to seek new representation if your legal counsel demonstrates any of these bad behaviors...
Vehicle Trailer Was Not Properly Secured, But Authorities Say No Current Maryland Laws Exist To Charge Responsible Driver
The Baltimore Sun reports that the driver of a Lincoln Navigator, who failed to properly secure his trailer will not be criminally charged, despite a clear finding of responsibility for the deadly multi-car collision on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge this May. According to a lengthy police investigation, the driver of the Navigator, Stephen A. Burt of Rockville, Maryland was responsible for the deadly collision, however, prosecutors have decided that they have no grounds for charging him with any traffic offenses. Investigators determined that Burt had failed to use a safety hitch pin to secure the single-axle trailer to his vehicle. Without the pin to hold the trailer latch securely, the trailer came loose as it bounced on the westbound span of the bridge, according to the report.
Investigators concluded also that the chains used to pull the trailer were too long, allowing the front of the trailer to hit the ground, after it came unsecured.
Notwithstanding these findings, the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office concluded that "no current regulations exist" that would justify charges in the case.
Greetings from Maryland, and welcome to our new Maryland Injury Blog! My name is Jeff Butschky, and I will be your host and (hopefully) your source of practical help and information from within the Maryland Legal Community.
Perhaps nothing affects an individual or family more than a sudden accident or injury. When we are hurt, we understand that there will be hospitals and doctors, pain, stress and inconvenience. What isn't often appreciated is the fact that the injured person, must also now deal with (gulp) lawyers and (even worse) the insurance industry. Like visiting the dentist, filing taxes or other mild forms of torture, no one wants to do this, and I don't blame you.
This Blog will untangle and de-mystify the frustrating and complicated world of injury claims. As a practicing attorney in Maryland for 15 years, I'm going to do my best to make this as easy as I can. So lets get started!