Maryland Auto Accident News: Annapolis City Council Member Hurt in “Missing-Stop-Sign” Car Crash

Motor vehicle accidents happen for a variety of reasons, some more unusual than others. The common thread is that any car, minivan or SUV collision can be serious, or even fatal to the occupants of the vehicles involved. As a Maryland personal injury attorney serving Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas, I have seen what can happen even under the most normal of circumstances.

Sometimes a third party can be named in a personal injury suit. The conditions must warrant such an action, but it is certainly not unheard of. Not long ago, a city council member was injured when the vehicle in which she was riding was struck by another car at an intersection that had no stop sign.

According to news reports, three persons were hurt during a rather severe accident in Severna Park. Based on police reports, councilwoman Cathy Vitale was one of three individuals injured in the car crash, which occurred around 2pm at the intersection of Arundel Beach Rd. and Sunset Dr.

One person, a 49-year-old woman, received serious injuries that required her to be choppered out to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Vitale and a third woman in her 30s suffered only minor injuries. Each was taken by ambulance to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie.

According to police, an eye witness said that Vitale’s vehicle was traveling west on Arundel Beach Road when the second vehicle turned right from Sunset Drive onto Arundel Beach Road without stopping. The two cars crashed, with Vitale’s car pushing the other car through a nearby fence.

Police reports show that was no stop sign at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Arundel Beach Road. County records indicate that there was a stop sign at that intersection back in 1995, but officials were not sure where it was at the time of the crash. Apparently a new stop sign was installed following the accident.

Vitale, 2 others hurt in crash,, August 14, 2010

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