March 27, 2014

Maryland Man Dies in Fatal Left-Turn Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this month in Lanham, Maryland, a man was killed while making a left turn. According to a report by the Washington Post, the man was driving on Fontana Road and attempted to make a left hand turn on to Annapolis Road when he was struck by an oncoming car. The accident occurred shortly after 1 a.m.

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Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, however, a preliminary investigation indicates that the driver making the left hand turn failed to yield the right of way to the oncoming car. Police are currently looking into whether the speed of the other driver also played a role in the crash.

The man making the left turn was taken to the hospital where he later died of the injuries he sustained as a result of the crash. The other driver was also inured, however, he is expected to fully recover.

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March 20, 2014

Three-Car Accident on Route 340 Kills Two, Injures Four

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this month, an accident on Route 340, near Frederick, MD, claimed two lives and injured four others. According to a report by Your4State.com, the accident occurred on a Saturday afternoon when one vehicle inexplicably crossed the median of the highway and collided with another vehicle head on. After the two vehicles crashed into each other, one of the cars collided with a third vehicle.
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The drivers of the two cars that collided head on both were pronounced dead at the scene. Four other passengers, including two minors, were taken to the Johns Hopkins and Frederick Memorial hospitals with non-life threatening injures.

Police spent several hours on the scene of the accident, attempting to piece together what happened, and why it happened. One trooper on the scene described the investigative efforts as follows, “The investigation is very preliminary at this point. Essentially we're mapping, diagramming the scene, taking photographic evidence, measuring skid marks, everything that we use to determine what actually occurred.”

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March 14, 2014

A Series of Accidents in Prince George’s County Leaves Two Dead and One Injured

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Two people were killed and another critically injured in a series of auto accidents in Prince George’s County. According to a report by ABC 7, the accidents all occurred around Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

crashed-car-921217-m.jpgThe First Accident

A violent collision occurred Wednesday night on the 8600 block of Contee Road when one vehicle crossed the center median for an unknown reason and slammed into another oncoming vehicle One of the drivers was thrown through the windshield. One of the drivers was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was taken to a nearby hospital where she is expected to recover. Police believe that speed was a factor in the accident.

The Second Accident

A man driving alone was killed when his car unexpectedly left the roadway and collided with an object on the side of the road. The accident occurred at Rhode Island Avenue and 38th Street in Mt. Rainier. The man was taken to the hospital, but died from the injuries he sustained as a result of the accident.

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January 27, 2014

Car Splits in Half, Killing Two, After Getting into an Accident with a Taxi

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week, an accident near the Landover Metro Station left an Acura split in half and both of its occupants dead. According to a report by WTOP, the driver of the Acura was heading in the opposite direction as a taxi when the driver of the Acura lost control and crossed into oncoming traffic. Apparently, the Acura collided with the taxi and then continued into a telephone pole that split the car in two.

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Both the driver of the Acura and his passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. The taxi driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover. Police believe that speed played a part in the accident, as well as the slippery condition of the road.

Speed Is a Leading Cause of Fatal Maryland Car Accidents

It probably does not come as a surprise to anyone, but speeding is a leading cause of traffic accidents and traffic deaths in Maryland. According to some studies, speed is a factor in about one-third of all fatal accidents. While speeding is never a good or safe idea, it is even more dangerous when the road conditions are slick, icy, or snow-covered, as they have been for much of the past few months.

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December 27, 2013

District Court Decision Affirms Importance of Knowing the Terms of your Car Insurance Policy

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

In a recent district court case in West Virginia, the court reached an opinion, which demonstrates the absolute importance of understanding the terms of your car insurance policy.red%20car.jpg

In the case, Lewis v. Likens, Dist. Court, SD W. Va. (2013), an elderly resident of an unlicensed nursing home facility was being driven by a volunteer of the home when the driver pulled out in front of a UPS tractor trailer, causing a collision that killed the resident.

The decedent's daughter filed a lawsuit following the accident, alleging the volunteer's liability for her wrongful death, and alleging that her own uninsured motorist policy should cover her mother, and that she sought to collect under that policy. She additionally sought a declaration that her mother resided primarily with her at the time of the collision, and that thus she would be covered by the terms of the policy.

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December 18, 2013

U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms Judgment in Favor of Defendant in Maryland Contributory Negligence Case

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reached a decision this year regarding Maryland's contributory negligence bar to recovery in any personal injury action.dark%20area.jpg

In the case, Saravia v. Chen, U.S. Ct. App., 4th Cir. (2013), the plaintiffs filed a negligence and wrongful death action following a fatal car accident. At trial, the district court granted the summary motion of defendants (a bus driver and his employer), concluding that the decedent's contributory negligence barred any recovery.

On appeal, the plaintiffs argued that the district court erred in granting summary judgment on several bases.

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November 19, 2013

Husband Sues Wife's Employer for Wrongful Death Following Tragic Car Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

In an unorthodox twist to the typical car accident fatality case, an Ohio man is suing his wife's former employer, claiming that they are responsible for causing the single vehicle accident that killed her.medical%20sign.jpg

The lawsuit, Jasper et. al v. Jewish Hospital et. al, details the hospital's procedures of regularly requiring the woman, and other nurses, to work in excess of their regularly scheduled hours. Additionally, because the woman had special certifications, she was regularly called in during her supposed off time to conduct trainings, or to work when the hospital was understaffed, which was reportedly often.

According to the complaint, on March 16, 2013, "Ms. Jasper was killed when her vehicle suddenly departed from the road, ramped an embankment, became airborne, and crashed into a tree while driving home from her shift at the Hospital." The attorney representing the woman's husband, children, and estate, said in a statement that they believe she many have fallen asleep just before her car left the road.

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November 12, 2013

Man Attempting to Flee Maryland Traffic Stop Killed After Being Ejected From Car

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

A Delaware man was killed in Maryland earlier this month after he was ejected from the car he was driving in an attempt to flee a traffic stop. grassy%20field.jpg

The incident occurred just after 2:30 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, when a trooper on patrol radared a Chevy Malibu traveling at 66 mph in a 50 mph. The trooper then activated the emergency equipment on his marked car, and pulled the vehicle over.

As the officer approached the car and began talking with the driver, another vehicle pulled up behind the trooper's car. The driver stated that the other car contained his girlfriend. At that point, while the trooper was still conversing with the driver of the Malibu, the driver sped off, attempting to flee the traffic stop. Police have stated that the man's license was revoked, and that he was wanted on a traffic warrant.

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November 5, 2013

Speeding Accident in Hyattsville Kills Two

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

A violent car accident last week resulted in the untimely death of two individuals who were riding in the same car.emergency.jpg

The accident occurred early Friday morning in Hyattsville, authorities say, at the intersection of Riggs Road and Drexel Street. According to police, a Toyota Camry was turning right onto Riggs Road when it was struck by an Acura. Police said that the Acura was traveling southbound on Riggs Road when it lost control, crossing into the northbound lanes, where it struck the Camry on the front driver’s side.

The passenger of the Camry was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The driver of the Camry died at the scene. The driver of the Acura was transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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October 29, 2013

Fatal Car Collision on Old Route 40 in Washington County

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Maryland State Police reported that one person died as the result of a three car accident in Washington County. open_road.jpg


The incident happened in the early afternoon on Old Route 40 eastbound near the intersection of Toms Road, between Funkstown and Boonsboro.

Police reported that an older man and woman were driving in a Nissan truck, and were waiting in the travel lane for oncoming traffic to clear so they could make a left turn onto Toms Road. Then, according to officers, an Oldsmobile driven by a 22 year old man traveling down the eastbound lane collided into the rear of the Nissan truck, for unknown reasons. The impact of the collision caused the truck to flip onto the drivers side, forcing it into oncoming traffic, where it was then struck by a GMC Envoy, containing a 72 year old driver.

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September 6, 2013

At Least One Dead in Oxon Hill Four-Car Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Police in Prince George’s County are continuing an investigation into a four-car collision that happened recently in Oxon Hill in which one man died.no%20u%20turn.jpg

Police reported that they were called to the 7400-block of Indian Head Highway around 3:30 in the morning, and that one of the officers pronounced one of the drivers dead at the scene. According to a preliminary investigation, police believe that the deceased driver was struck by another car shortly after making a U-turn. That crash then resulted in secondary collisions. Two additional individuals were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Police also believe that alcohol and speed appear to have been factors in causing the crash. The investigation remains ongoing.

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August 30, 2013

Several Deaths in 7 Vehicle Accident on Route 32 in Anne Arundel County

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

spedometer%202.jpgJust hours after an accident occurred this week on Route 32 in Anne Arundel County, investigators reported that they believe that speed was a major factor in causing the seven car collision.

Police believe that one car traveling "at a high rate of speed" rear-ended another vehicle, which then set off a deadly chain reaction eventually involving a total of seven vehicles. Three individuals died as a result, all of whom were traveling in the same vehicle. Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while the third was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at a local trauma center.

In sum, six passengers were injured in the accident, requiring transport to nearby hospitals. Four people were sent to Baltimore-Washington Medical Center with minor injuries. One man was flown to Shock Trauma in critical condition. An eight year old girl was flown to Johns Hopkins Pediatric for treatment of life-threatening injuries. It remains unclear which passengers were traveling in which vehicle, and what happened to the initial vehicle that was reportedly speeding.

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August 14, 2013

Calvert Accident Ends in Tragedy

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

camaro.jpgMaryland State Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened earlier this month in Calvert that claimed the life of a seventeen year old girl and left three others injured.

The accident apparently happened when, for unknown reasons, the Chevrolet Camaro in which the young woman was a passenger crossed the center line and struck a Honda Ridgeline traveling in the opposite direction.

The collision occurred near East Mount Harmony Road at Valley View Court, in Owings. The young woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

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August 9, 2013

Authorities Investigate Wrong Way Crash in Ownings

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Maryland State Police are investigating an accident that happened earlier this week, which left a Chesapeake Beach teenager dead and three other individuals injured.

The accident occurred Wednesday morning, when a Camaro driven by a 20 year old girl was traveling west on East Mt. Harmony Road, and for unknown reasons the car crossed over the double yellow lines into oncoming traffic. The Camaro then collided with a Honda Ridgeline truck, driven by a 77 year old man.road.jpg

The front passenger of the Camaro, a 17 year old girl, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Camaro was transported by helicopter to a local medical center. A 10 year old passenger in the Camaro was transported by helicopter to a local children's hospital.

The driver of the Ridgeline was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Authorities reported that they do not believe that alcohol and drugs were a contributing factor to the accident, and that the investigation is ongoing.

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July 15, 2013

Maryland Man to Serve Time For Role in Tragic Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Last week a Maryland Man was sentenced to serve time in a County Jail for his role in a car accident last year that left one man dead.

The man was sentenced to nine to 23 months in jail following the fatal crash he reportedly caused last June.

Ronald Lee Streets pleaded guilty in April to the charges of reckless endangerment, vehicular homicide, and failing to immediately notify authorities of an accident.curvy.jpg

According to police, the driver lost control of his vehicle while rounding a curve on Route 160, causing him and his passenger (the victim) to be ejected from the vehicle. He then walked to a neighborhood home to call two people asking for a ride before eventually calling 911.

An accident reconstructionist determined that the driver was traveling 11-14 miles per hour more than the relevant speed limit for the area.

In addition to jail time, Streets will serve three years on supervised probation following his release from jail, will be required to perform 100 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $2,644 in restitution

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July 1, 2013

Tragic Multi Car Collision in Anne Arundel County Claims Mother of Two

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

A mother of two was tragically killed in a car accident that also left her two children injured. The accident occurred last Friday in Anne Arundel County.

Maryland State Police reported that the woman's Honda Accord swerved across the grass median on Route 295, and then collided head-on with a box truck heading in the opposite direction. The woman's two children, a 9 year old boy and an infant, were taken to the hospital for treatment. The driver of another vehicle was taken to the hospital, as well as were the three children of a third driver involved in the incident.ladybug%20grass.jpg It remains unclear whether these other vehicles were involved in the collision, or if, on the other hand, the injuries were sustained in an attempt to avoid impact.

Police are continuing their investigation into the collision, and at this point do not know why the woman's car crossed the median.

Without further information, it is impossible to know exactly why the woman's car not only left the roadway, but then continued into the oncoming traffic. Some common explanations can include reasons like:

  • An animal suddenly running into the roadway

  • Another driver making a sudden move that causes the individual to overreact/over-correct

  • A sudden obstruction entering the roadway, such as a truck losing its load

  • Aggressive drivers

  • Swerving to miss a pothole in the road

  • Distracted driving, such as handheld cellphone use or even passengers the driver finds distracting
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    June 14, 2013

    Young Driver Killed in Md.194 Car Accident

    by Lebowitz & Mzhen

    According to Maryland State Police, an 18 year old young woman died last week, when she lost control of her vehicle in Taneytown and was hit by a van as a result.curved%20road.jpg

    Just after 8 last Monday morning, officials say the young woman was driving her car northbound on Md. 194, when she lost control of her vehicle while coming around a curve. The woman's car then reportedly rotated into oncoming traffic, and was hit by a van. The young woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and the man driving the van was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

    While the cause of the accident remains unknown, it is under investigation.

    What stands out about this unfortunate accident is the young age of the woman killed, and the circumstances in which the incident occurred. While it is still under investigation, it seems that the two potential causes were either distracted driving or driving inexperience.

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    June 7, 2013

    Single Vehicle Car Accident in Silver Spring Ends in Tragedy

    by Lebowitz & Mzhen

    A tragic car accident in Silver Spring has lead to the death of one man, and the serious injury of another. According to police, the accident occurred early Thursday morning, at just before three a.m., when a man's Honda Civic, which was travelling eastbound on University Boulevard West, lost control for unknown reasons as it was going around a curve just past Dennis Avenue. The car then veered off of the right side of the road, causing it to strike a tree and a brick wall, before coming to rest in a nearby parking lot. The driver later died as a result of his injuries. The man's passenger was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his serious injuries. ambulance.jpg

    While the cause of this single vehicle crash remains unclear, single vehicle crashes are becoming increasingly common. They have many potential causes, and can be due to the negligence of another driver or individual. Common causes of single vehicle crashes include things such as:

  • an obstruction or other hazard in the road

  • something falling out of a truck towing a load

  • an animal running into the street

  • swerving to avoid hitting another car that has stopped suddenly

  • turning to avoid running into another collision

  • distracted driving

  • aggressive driving
  • Whatever the cause, if you are hurt or a a loved one has been killed as a result of another person's negligence in a single vehicle crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or wrongful death.

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    May 30, 2013

    Failure to Observe Stop Sign Ends Tragically in Maryland

    by Lebowitz & Mzhen

    Earlier this month, one Maryland driver's alleged decision to run a stop sign resulted in the death of another woman, whose vehicle was struck in the collision.stop.jpg

    The accident happened around 6 p.m. on May 9, according to Maryland State Police, at the intersection of Point Rocks and Lander roads. A driver of a Kia Sorento, which was traveling south on Lander road ran, the stop sign, and crashed into another woman's Ford Escape, which was traveling west on Point of Rocks Road.

    While the driver of the Escape was flown by police helicopter to Shock Trauma, she was pronounced dead upon arrival. The driver of the other vehicle was also injured, and taken to the hospital by ambulance. The accident led to the closure of Point Rocks Road for several hours.

    This tragic accident is an all to clear illustration of the dangers that can result when drivers fail to obey traffic signals. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, in 2008 alone, there were more than 2.3 million intersection related collisions, resulting in 7,770 fatalities and approximately 733,000 injuries. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) found that red-light running crashes alone caused 762 deaths in the same year. At least 165,000 people are injured annually by red-light runners alone, according to estimates.

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    May 22, 2013

    Tragic Accident on Md. 91 When Driver Crosses over Double Yellow Line

    by Lebowitz & Mzhen

    According to Maryland State Police, one man is dead and one woman is in critical condition, following a two vehicle crash that happened Wednesday morning on Md. 91, a mile north of Deer Park Road.double%20yellow%20line.jpg

    According to a Maryland State Police news release, the collision occurred at around 9:30 in the morning, when the man's Chevrolet Silverado crossed over the yellow center line, and struck the woman's Toyota FJ Cruiser head on, which was traveling in the opposite direction. Neither vehicle contained any passengers. The man was pronounced dead on the scene, and the woman was transported by ambulance to the Shock Trauma Center.

    The cause of the crash remains unknown, but the Maryland State Police are investigating.

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