August 27, 2014

Head-On Collision on Bay Bridge Sends One to the Hospital

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, an accident injured two people, sending one to the hospital in serious condition. According to a report by CBS Baltimore, the accident occurred around 11 a.m on the westbound span of the bridge, which was open to two-way traffic at the time.

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Evidently, two cars collided head-on as they passed each other on the bridge. It is not clear exactly how the accident occurred, although the bridge is fairly narrow, and it doesn’t take much imagination to picture two cars colliding head-on. Two motorists were injured in the accident, and one of them was flown to the hospital with serious injuries.

Traffic was backed up five miles in either direction as emergency workers cleared the scene.

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June 16, 2014

Crash on Bay Bridge Injures Maryland Transit Officer

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Last week an accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge backed up traffic for seven miles and sent two people to the hospital, including one Maryland Transportation Authority police officer. According to a report by the Baltimore Sun, the accident occurred when a car heading eastbound on Route 50 drifted off the road and into the transit officer’s car, which was parked between the east-bound and west-bound lanes.

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The collision sent the police car across all three eastbound lanes of Route 50, and left the other driver’s vehicle in the leftmost lane of Route 50 westbound. Both the driver as well as the police officer were flown to the hospital in critical condition. Both are expected to recover from their injuries.

Ironically, the accident occurred on the day that Maryland Transit Authority was conducting a crack-down on the new “Move Over” law that requires motorists shift lanes away from emergency vehicles when they are present on the side of the road.

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June 2, 2014

Girl Killed in Car Accident By Fleeing Murder Suspect

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

In a tragic accident out of Baltimore, a young 12-year-old girl has lost her life due to an accident that was caused by a man who fleeing police. According to a report by the Baltimore Sun, the man who caused the accident was a suspect in the shooting of a 16-year-old victim earlier in the week.

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Plain clothes police officers were following the man a few days later when they witnessed him speed through an intersection and collide with a minivan. Inside the minivan were a mother and her two daughters. One of the daughters lost her life in the accident.

The driver fled the scene on foot after getting into the accident with the minivan. Police and neighbors in the area rushed outside to help the victims of the accident, and one of the victims needed to be cut out from the crumpled van. The fugitive driver was able to escape the scene of the crime and has since evaded the authorities. Police are currently looking for the man they describe as “a black man with medium build wearing a white T-shirt and jeans.”

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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.

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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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January 13, 2014

Four-Car Accident Sends One to the Hospital in Baltimore

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Last month, a four-car accident in Baltimore sent one person to the hospital in what witnesses describe as a “chain reaction” of rear-end collisions. According to a report by the Baltimore Sun, the accident occurred near Jones Junction and the Bel Air police barracks. Apparently, one car slammed into another car that was stopped at a red light at the intersection near Harford Road. After that, the car in front crashed into the car in front of it. Then that car was pushed into the car in front of it. A total of four cars were involved in the accident.

One driver was taken to the hospital. At the time of the report, police were still investigating the cause of the accident and whether drugs or alcohol was involved.

Following Too Closely is a Citable Offense in Maryland

crash-car-825017-m.jpgLet’s face it, no one probably knows all the traffic laws in Maryland; we generally all just try and do our best when we’re driving out there and hope for the best. However, one offense that many Marylanders are unaware of—but should be aware of—is following behind another vehicle too closely.

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December 11, 2013

Appeal Planned in $1 Million Judgment Stemming from Seeder-Planter Car Collision Personal Injury Lawsuit

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Defense attorneys in a personal injury case that involved a seeder-planter and a car that caused one individual to lose an eye announced their plans to appeal the judgment to Maryland's Court of Special Appeals. The judgment, at just over $1 million, is reportedly the largest known judgment for a case of this kind reached in the Lower Shore area. tractor.jpg

The decision regarding liability was handed down in October, ordering the defendants to pay the plaintiffs $1,026,786 in damages. The defense attorneys stated that the decision to appeal followed a hearing in early November, denying the defense attorneys' motions to dismiss and for a new trial.

While the ruling itself is not yet readily available, the reports on the case reveal the details regarding the outcome of the case, and the planned basis for the appeal.

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December 4, 2013

Maryland Appeals Court Affirms Exclusion of Testimony Regarding Defendant's Conduct Following Car Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

In a ruling earlier this year, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland clarified the nature of damages available for emotional distress, and Maryland's stance on recovery for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress. gavel_4.jpg

The case, Alban v. FIELS, 61 A. 3d 867 (2013), involved a car accident between two passenger trucks that occurred in Baltimore in 2009. According to witnesses, the driver of a white truck struck the truck of the plaintiffs (Albans), and then fled the scene. However, given that he was proceeding on a dead end street, he was perceived turning around, driving past the accident, and laughing or smirking. He was also reportedly seen smirking at a nearby convenience store where at least one witness had followed him following the collision.

At trial, the plaintiffs filed a lawsuit with various claims arising out of negligence, including psychological damage endured by Ms. Alban. The defendant did not contest liability for negligence in the accident, and the case was tried on the issue of compensatory damages. A jury awarded the couple as follows: non-economic damages in the amount of $5,000 to Ms. Alban, "zero" damages to Mr. Alban, and noneconomic damages in the amount of $5,000 to both the Albans for their joint claim for loss of consortium. The trial court entered judgment for $10,000 plus costs.

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October 18, 2013

Maryland State Trooper in Critical Condition Following Shoulder Collision

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

A Maryland State Trooper was sent to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition earlier this month, after being hit by a car on Route 100. construction_cones.jpg

Maryland State Police say the trooper was hit violently by a driver who failed to obey the “Move Over” law. At around 1 a.m., another state trooper had pulled over a suspected drunk driver. The injured trooper arrived to assist, but was hit as another car violently crashed into her as she walked along the shoulder of the highway.

Maryland State Police say the driver was reportedly intending to get off at Catherine Avenue when he hit the trooper. The impact was so strong it sent her flying into the air, into the back of another trooper’s windshield, which her body reportedly broke, crashing into a K-9 cage within the car. The trooper then fell into a nearby ditch. She was transported to Shock Trauma with a broken arm, head injuries, and cuts and contusions. Fortunately, her condition was recently reportedly downgraded to serious.

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October 7, 2013

Street Racing Suspected in Multiple Vehicle Collision

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Maryland State Police continue to investigate a multiple car accident that shut down part of Crain Highway in Brandywine last weekend. Witnesses told at least one news source that they believe street racing was to blame for causing the collision. dashboard%20display.jpg

Maryland State Police said in a statement that a black Mercury Marauder was speeding on the northbound lanes of 301 when it crossed over the median and crashed into on coming traffic, which caused a chain reaction wreck involving a total of five cars.

The cars involved included an Ford F-350, Acura TL, Chevrolet SSR, Dodge Dakota, and Ford Expedition. In sum, eleven people were taken to local hospitals, including at least four children aged seven and younger. In total 11 people were taken to area hospitals in varying conditions. Some were airlifted while others were taken by ground. The cause of and circumstances surrounding the accident remain under investigation.

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September 26, 2013

No Fatalities in 10-Car Accident Near Maryland State Line

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

In stark contrast to other multi-vehicle accidents in recent weeks, an accident that occurred in Pennsylvania, near the Maryland state line, involving ten vehicles resulted in no fatalities. That vehicle count included four tractor trailers and a tow truck. Amazingly, not a single person died. bmw%20crash.jpg

The accident happened approximately eight miles north of the border around 1:30 p.m. on the I-83 North. It began when traffic began to buildup for unknown reasons. One tractor trailer was unable to stop in time, and crashed into the rear of another vehicle, which caused a chain reaction collision. In fact, one vehicle was so badly destroyed, it reportedly had to be removed from the roadway by means of a forklift. A fuel hazmat team was also called to the scene.

Of the individuals involved in the collision, seven people were taken to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the collision.

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August 27, 2013

Route 152 Closed Following Serious 3 Car Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

ambulance%203.jpgEarlier this week, authorities responded to the scene of a serious three vehicle accident on Route 152 (Mountain Road) near Old Mountain Road North in Joppa. The accident was so serious, in fact, that the rescue crews on sight called for a special medical team from the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in order to assist with extricating the driver from the car.

Maryland State Police said that responders were initially contacted at 3:34 p.m. Monday, after a pickup truck traveling south on the highway crossed the center line and collided head-on with a car heading north. After the initial collision, the pickup reportedly hit a dump truck that was traveling north behind the car. Based off of photos from the scene, it appears that the car then drove off of the highway and rolled down an embankment.

According to reports, the driver of the car was flown by helicopter to Shock Trauma after the individual was freed from the wreckage. The driver of the pickup was transported by ambulance to Johns Hopkins. The driver of the dump truck driver was reportedly not seriously injured.

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July 25, 2013

Landover Tractor Trailer Collision Erupts into Flames

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Three teens were injured in a car accident in Landover earlier this month, and narrowly escaped further tragedy.

Authorities in Prince George's County reported that a tractor trailer was pulling into a warehouse on Ardwick Ardmore Road just before midnight Tuesday when the collision occurred. The car became wedged under the trailer, but the teens were able to escape just before both vehicles reportedly caught fire. big%20red%20truck.jpg

A fire department spokesperson said that the tractor trailer was carrying materials used to manufacture mattresses at the time of the accident. It took fire crews approximately 20 minutes to fully extinguish the flames.

The teens were transported to local trauma centers. The driver of the truck was not seriously injured. The street was closed for a period of time while authorities cleared the scene, and conducted an initial investigation.

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July 8, 2013

3 Car Accident in California, Maryland

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Police, fire, and other rescue crews responded to the report of a three car accident along Airport Road in California last month. When the crews arrived, they discovered the three vehicles still in the roadway.

According to the initial investigation, authorities believe that a Dodge Caravan was traveling west on Airport Road, when it struck an Infiniti M45 that was in a turn lane waiting for the roadway to clear. turning%20lanes.jpg

The initial collision's impact from the Caravan caused the Infiniti to cross into oncoming traffic, which resulted in a collision with a BMW 735.

Three individuals were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

While the accident remains under investigation, the initial cause of the accident remains unreported.

Based on the circumstances as reported, whereby one vehicle crashed into a vehicle that was in a turning lane, it seems likely that one of two possible scenarios occurred. One potential explanation is that the car who which waiting to turn was pulled too far out into traffic, which left insufficient space for oncoming traffic to pass safely. The car could also have accelerated too soon in anticipation of turning, thus putting it farther into the path of oncoming traffic.

An alternative explanation is that the car which was waiting to turn was within a safe distance from oncoming traffic, and that it was the oncoming driver who either drove too closely to the turning car, misjudged the distance, or made some other error, which accidentally resulted in the collision.

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June 21, 2013

Driver Fleeing Police Causes Collision in South Baltimore

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

A man attempting to flee from police in his sedan caused some extensive damage in South Baltimore. The chase began when an officer attempted to approach the man's vehicle in the Mount Clare Junction area. The driver then drove away, eventually coming down Carey Street, where he hit a pickup truck passing through the Washington Boulevard intersection. The collision sent both vehicles into a tailspin, which came to rest near a light pole. police%20on%20scene.jpg

According to reports, the man was traveling with a 1 year old, who was not seriously harmed, and a 26 year old woman, who witnesses stated suffered a serious arm injury.

Police later identified the 26 year old man, and reported that he fled due to being wanted for assault and a narcotics violation. He was subsequently taken to Shock Trauma for non-life threatening injuries.

Following the collision, a team of firefighters worked to extricate the driver of the truck, which had ended up on top of the sedan. Authorities reported that the driver was transported to Shock Trauma for minor injuries.

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April 21, 2013

Baltimore Auto Injury News: Several Marylanders Injured in Five-Car Pileup on Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

With the number of car wrecks that happen on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis here in Maryland, is it really a wonder that more people are not hurt as a result of some kind of traffic-related accident at least once in their lives? It’s a sad truth that as long as we have motor vehicles and roadways on which to drive them, that there will likely continue to be mishaps on city streets, in rural areas and on every stretch of interstate expressway in this state.

Quite frankly, with the literally millions of vehicle miles racked up every year all across the U.S., it shouldn’t be too surprising that there are on average five to six million automobile, motorcycle and trucking-related crashes annually. As Baltimore personal injury attorneys representing victims for traffic accidents -- from passenger car collisions and commercial motor vehicle crashes, to motorcycle crashes -- we have met many people who have received very serious injuries as a result of another driver’s negligent actions.

Whether through the other person’s negligence, thoughtless or careless actions, or even reckless disregard for anyone else’s safety or well-being, our job is to help the victims of these typically senseless incidents recover the costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation and even long-term care following a bad roadway accident.

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March 31, 2013

Three Teenagers Severely Injured in Baltimore City Accident after Police Cruiser Hits Their Car at Intersection

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

With the traffic death of a young teen in Salisbury a couple weeks ago following a police chase, we happened to run across an older news report from last fall involving a police-related traffic accident. In that earlier incident, several teenagers were seriously hurt when the vehicle in which they were traveling was involved in a collision with a police cruiser that ran through a red light in Northwest Baltimore. At the time of the collision the officer reportedly had his emergency lights on; however, that fact didn’t change the severity of the injuries sustained by three of the young men in the car that fateful morning.

Of course, one cannot have a discussion of injuries caused by car, truck or motorcycle accidents without acknowledging that the leading cause of death for children in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is highway wrecks. While the incident in question involved a number of older teenagers, the fact that more than 1,000 kids 15 years and under lose their lives every year is not insignificant.

In fact, if we consider the Maryland statistics regarding auto-related injuries and deaths for children older than four years of age, the trend has been heading downward over the past several years, at least through 2011 when there were 280 child deaths attributed to traffic accidents. While it is heartening to see a reduction in the rate of fatal incidents involving children, we must say that any death is one too many.

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March 25, 2013

Motorist Arrested for Attempted Murder by Vehicle after Ramming Episode on Baltimore-Washington Parkway

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

There are times in this life that make a person step back for a minute and catch one's breath. Instances of extreme human drama, life and death situations, and other remarkable or stunning events are some that fit into this category. Then there are the moments, when simply as an observer it is incredible to watch something transpire that, if it wasn't actually happening before your eyes, would certainly be unbelievable to some, or at least judged highly unlikely.

While this is likely the case for the average person, or for those who are not constantly reminded through their profession of the supposed oddities in life; such are the extraordinary circumstances that we, as Baltimore personal injury lawyers, come across on a fairly regular basis. But even I and my colleagues, as automobile, truck and motorcycle accident attorneys, still find that some events occurring on Maryland roadways can be termed stranger than fiction.

Of course, any car or trucking-related traffic collision can be serious for the victims, regardless of the root cause, and we understand this as much as anyone. A great deal of our work involves accidents caused by human error, poor judgment and simple mistakes. But there are instances when an injury received in a traffic collision cannot so easily be described as "accidental."

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March 22, 2013

Police Investigate Fatal Baltimore County Car Accident; Head-on Crash on Interstate 695 Leaves Questions

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Anyone who has experienced a serious physical injury as the result of a car, truck or motorcycle accident already knows the extent to which medical treatment can impact one’s financial situation. Medical care, including emergency room treatment, surgery, recovery and subsequent rehabilitation are all expensive and, most often, necessary following a very bad traffic collision. Whether it’s an injury received in a pedestrian accident here in Baltimore City, a municipal bus crash over in the District, or a bike crash in Annapolis, the odds are some medical costs will be associated with one or more of those incidents.

As Maryland personal injury lawyers and auto accident attorneys, I and my legal staff are dedicated to helping victims recover costs related to a roadway accident caused by another individual’s careless or negligent act. Some accidents are worse than others, such as high-speed motorcycle collisions or multiple-vehicle wrecks caused by a commercial truck driver. Of course, other factors come into play, but the chances of a serious or life-threatening injury can be quite high even for in-town crashes involving passenger cars or light trucks.

Understanding one’s rights under the law is essential following a serious personal injury accident. Many people who have been badly hurt in a car or trucking-related collision may find they do have just cause to file a personal injury claim if the person who caused the crash did so either intentionally or through a thoughtless or careless and negligent act.

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