Maryland Car Accident Attorney Law Blog

Back in August 2014, Gary Clever was with his family in his daughter’s car when a drunk driver slammed into the vehicle, injuring everyone inside. Gary Clever, however, suffered the worst of it. He needed to be immediately transported to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where he stayed for two and a half months.

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According to one local news source, Mr. Clever remembers the accident and recalls telling his daughter that he was “not going to make it.” He remembers the smell and the feel of his own flesh burning. Initially, upon admission to the hospital, doctors told him that he was paralyzed from the chest down. While his insurance company determined that he was ineligible for care where he was receiving treatment, he has found other alternatives. And with time and a heroic effort, he has improved. He has been using an exercise bike to slowly increase the use of his lower body, with hopes of one day being able to walk again. But Mr. Clever’s work is far from over.

The drunk driver that collided with his daughter’s car that day had been convicted of drunk driving twice prior to this incident. While that driver was insured, Maryland law only requires that a person twice convicted of DUI maintain $30,000 in insurance. However, Mr. Clever maintains that this figure is far from sufficient to help cover injuries like the ones that he sustained.

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Earlier this month, a five-year-old girl was killed and her nine-year-old sister seriously injured when the children’s mother veered off the road and into another vehicle. According to a report by the local NBC News affiliate, the accident occurred at around 5:30 in the afternoon around the 3600 block of North Franklintown Road at Leakin Park in West Baltimore.

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Evidently, the two children were riding in the car with their mother when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into another nearby car. Both children in the car were taken to the hospital. The five-year-old girl was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival, and her nine-year-old sister was admitted in serious condition. The driver of the other vehicle sustained only minor injuries.

Police are still in the process of conducting their official investigation. However, they did tell reporters that the roadway was wet and slick at the time of the accident, and the specific section of road where the fatal accident occurred is particularly curvy.

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Earlier this month, one woman lost her life and another man is in critical condition following an accident between two cars that occurred in Baynes, Maryland. According to one local news report, the accident took place on Darnestown Road near Whites Ferry Road in the evening hours.

booze-1481628Evidently, the two accident victims were traveling in an SUV that was operated by another male, the boyfriend of the deceased woman. At some point, the SUV crossed over the center line dividing the lanes of oncoming traffic. As the SUV crossed over, it struck a sedan traveling in the opposite direction. The force from the collision caused the SUV to roll over and eventually strike a tree near the roadside.

One of the passengers was ejected from the vehicle, and another was trapped inside. Before emergency workers could respond, a passerby stopped to help the injured accident victims. However, despite their best efforts, the front-seat passenger, a 23-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The other passenger, a 23-year-old male, was still in the hospital in critical condition at the time the article was published.

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Earlier last month, one juvenile was killed and two others injured in a head-on collision in Mt. Airy, Maryland. According to one local news report, the accident occurred at around ten in the morning near the intersection of Md. 27 and Michael Road.

carcrash-1464455Evidently, the juvenile was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 29-year-old resident of Taneytown. At some point, that vehicle began to drift out of its lane and into oncoming traffic. As it did so, the vehicle collided head-on with a dump truck heading in the opposite direction.

The minor was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency workers. Both drivers were taken to the hospital as well. The dump truck driver suffered only minor injuries, while the driver of the car in which the minor was a passenger was in critical condition at the time of the article’s publication.

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Earlier this month in Laurel, Maryland, a Maryland State Trooper was seriously injured when he was struck by a passing motorist as he was conducting a traffic stop. According to one local news source, the accident occurred during the afternoon rush hour on Wednesday, July 9.

shoulders-1475499Evidently, the State Trooper had pulled over a Ford that he believed had invalid license plates. The Ford pulled over on the side of Interstate 95, between Routes 175 and 32. As the Trooper was approaching the vehicle, a Mercury traveling down I-95 left its lane of travel and struck the Trooper’s vehicle.

Once struck by the Mercury, the Trooper’s vehicle then struck the Ford, which struck the Trooper and sent him over the guardrail. The Trooper was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore. The driver of the Mercury and the Ford were also taken to a nearby hospital and are expected to fully recover from their injuries.

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Earlier this month in Washington, D.C., a woman was killed as she was standing next to her disabled vehicle on the Suitland Parkway. According to one local news report, the woman was struck by an eastbound pick-up truck at around 10:15 in the evening as she was standing on the south side of the Suitland Parkway. The driver of the truck failed to stop and see if the woman needed medical attention.

pedestrian-zone-1544181Evidently, the driver of the truck continued eastbound for a short while before rear-ending another vehicle and then crashing into a light pole. Once his vehicle was disabled, police were able to catch up to the driver and arrest him.

The pedestrian who was hit by the truck was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. The cause of death was listed as massive body trauma. The driver of the pick-up truck sustained minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. Police arrested the driver and charged him with second-degree murder as well as with fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in death. Police believe that the man was speeding at the time of the accident.

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Earlier this month in Easton, one man was killed in a two-car accident on Route 404, near the area of Owens Road and US Route 50. According to one local news report, the fatal accident took place around 8:20 in the evening on July 5.

highway-1350927Evidently, a Buick was making a turn onto Route 404 from Owens Road when it was struck by a southbound BMW. The collision involved such force that the Buick essentially broke into pieces and caught fire. The BMW ultimately came to a rest upside-down in a nearby ditch. The driver of the BMW and his passenger were both taken to nearby hospitals, but the driver of the Buick was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency workers.

Police are conducting an investigation into the accident in hopes of learning more about what may have caused the fatal accident. No citations have been issued yet, but that may change as the investigation is concluded.

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Earlier last month in North Potomac, two teens were killed and two others injured in what investigators believe was a drunk driving accident. According to one local news report, the accident occurred on the 13800 block of Dufief Mill Road in North Potomac just before midnight.

event-314995-mEvidently, four teens were traveling together in a car when the driver unsuccessfully negotiated a curve in the roadway. The vehicle left the road, crashing into a tree and a nearby fence before ultimately coming to a rest on its roof. The two back-seat passengers were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. The driver and front-seat passenger both survived the wreck. However, the driver did sustain life-threatening injuries as a result. Police believe that the two teens in the back seat did not have their seatbelts on.

Police have told reporters that they believe alcohol and speed may have been involved in the fatal car accident. Apparently, police also received a lead that the teens were all at a party where they were drinking. Police have made contact with an adult who was allegedly at the home during the time of the party. There is no word on whether that adult will face criminal charges.

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Earlier this month in Aberdeen, one man was killed and another injured when their vehicle was run off the road by an SUV that swerved to avoid another passing vehicle. According to one local news source, the accident occurred around 11:30 in the evening on Route 40 near the intersection with Route 715, the access road to Aberdeen Proving Ground.

speed-2-844622-mEvidently, there was a Honda Civic traveling west on Route 40 in the right lane. There was a white SUV also traveling west in the adjacent lane. A black passenger car approached the SUV from the rear and attempted to pass it on the left median. As that driver began to pass the SUV, the driver of the SUV swerved to the right, into the lane occupied by the Civic. The driver of the Civic attempted to avoid a collision with the encroaching SUV and swerved off the road.

As the Civic moved out of the way and onto the shoulder, it struck a pole, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The car flipped several times before ultimately coming to a rest on its roof. The driver of the car sustained only minor injuries. However, the passenger was pronounced dead a few hours later at University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace.

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Earlier this month in Upper Marlboro, a man who was charged with motor-vehicle manslaughter in relation to an accident that resulted in his son’s death was found guilty and will be sentenced later this year in August. According to one local news report, the man was originally charged with driving under the influence of PCP, but the jury determined that the prosecution failed to prove that crime beyond a reasonable doubt and convicted him only under the motor-vehicle manslaughter charges.

crashed-car-921217-mEvidently, the fatal accident occurred on May 9, 2013, when the man charged above lost control of his vehicle. According to court documents, the man was heading south on Bladensburg Road at a high rate of speed. As he attempted to change lanes, he veered across the center line and into oncoming traffic. As he lost control, his vehicle crashed into several other vehicles before colliding with two utility poles, a tree, and ultimately a retaining wall.

In the car at the time of the accident was the man’s son as well as his girlfriend’s daughter. His girlfriend’s daughter sustained minor injuries but recovered. However, the man’s son was not secured in a car seat at the time of the accident and was ejected from the vehicle upon impact. The four-year-old boy died as a result of the injuries he sustained. The driver was also ejected and suffered life-threatening injuries, although he has since recovered.

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