Injury accidents can be triggered by a variety of factors, not the least of which is driver error. The tragedy of many automobile and truck crashes is that the offending driver was drunk at the time of the wreck. Fatal car, SUV and motorcycle accidents can sometimes be traced back to alcohol use, which makes these kinds of crashes all the more avoidable.
Maryland automobile accidents can lead to serious injuries and lengthy hospital stays. The medical costs of such incidents can be a tremendous burden to the victims and their families. In cases of fatal collisions, the survivors can be left without a bread winner compounding the financial troubles at a time when the family is most vulnerable.
Not long ago a driver who was arrested for allegedly causing a multi-car accident was charged with drunk driving. Based on news articles, 28-year-old Brad Austin Wootten was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer when he rear-ended a passenger car at the end of the road closure. That collision caused a multi-car accident involving a total of four vehicles.
According to police reports, the crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of Route 50 near Baptist Street, where construction crews were conducting road repair. Traffic had been stopped for construction when the accident happened just before 2am.
Troopers from the Salisbury Barrack of the Maryland State Police responded to the scene of the accident, however Wootten reportedly had fled the scene previously. The Federalsburg resident was subsequently located not far from the accident and stopped by troopers. Wootten was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of the collision, and negligent driving.
Man charged with DUI after multi-car accident, DelMarVaNow.com, April 23, 2010