How many times does it have to happen before society can even hope to eliminate the senseless, costly and many times tragic consequences caused by drunken driving. As Baltimore personal injury attorneys, we have seen too many victims of alcohol-related automobile and motorcycle accidents come forth in our local courts seeking recovery of medical and rehabilitation costs from negligent individuals who chose to get behind the wheel of a passenger car or commercial truck only to cause a serious roadway collision.
Far too many people have been hurt or killed on this nation’s city streets, rural routes and high-speed expressways as a result of another driver operating his or her vehicle while impaired by alcohol or prescription drugs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone dies every 45 seconds in an alcohol-related traffic accident day-in and day-out all across this country. And Maryland is no different, with stories in the news almost daily describing the sad circumstances surround these senseless car and commercial trucking wrecks.
Our job here at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, is to work with our clients — the victims of these negligent drunk drivers — and help them try to piece together some semblance of their former lives. For the families of victims killed in a tragic road accident, there is no true recovery when one realizes that a child, parent or spouse has been wrenched away from the ones they love. In cases of where an individual has met an untimely death, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against the individual responsible for the fatal accident.
Many drunk driving accidents already involve criminal charges against the driver who caused the crash. Seeing the responsible party put in jail is hardly sufficient compensation for the loss of a loved one, nor is the purely monetary award that a wrongful death claim can bring. And while money rarely provides much solace to a grieving family, it does help to protect the surviving family members in their hour of need, especially in situations where the deceased was the primary breadwinner for the family.
We look at accidents like the one that occurred last fall and we wonder if at any time we might see a cessation of this useless and negligent behavior. Only time will tell, but we do hold out some hope for a change in the winds. The accident we read about a while ago involved a fatal car crash in the Kingsville area. According to news articles, one person was killed and two others were badly injured when a couple of vehicle collided just after 6am on a Friday morning.
Based on police reports, a 26-year-old man was fatally injured when Chevy pickup truck slammed head-on into a Mazda Protege at the intersection of Bradshaw and Philadelphia roads. Police officers investigating the crash site believed that the pickup was heading west along Philadelphia Rd. when for some reason it crossed the centerline and hit the Mazda, which was carrying two men.
Based on news reports, the deceased victim had been riding in the front passenger seat of the Mazda at the time of the wreck. He was taken to Franklin Square Medical Center, but doctors could not save him. Both the driver of the Mazda and the pickup were taken by medevac chopper to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. At the time of the new article, both of those individuals were apparently in stable condition at Shock Trauma. In the wake of the crash, police had reportedly levied drunken driving charges against the driver of the pickup.
UPDATE: 1 Killed, 2 Seriously Injured in Kingsville Accident; Patch.com; November 16, 2012