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.
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.
Speed limit signs provide a safe guideline speed for drivers under optimum, dry conditions. However, when road conditions are compromised due to rain, snow, or ice, drivers should slow down accordingly. In some cases, following the posted speed limit is still driving too fast for the conditions. Police in Maryland can cite drivers for driving too fast under the conditions.
Maryland Accidents Caused by Speeding
If a driver causes an accident while speeding, the victim of that accident may be able to recover damages to cover the cost of medical bills and future medical expenses. In addition, the Maryland accident victim may be able to recover a monetary award to compensate the victim for the pain and suffering he or she experienced as a result of the accident.
An accident victim’s ability to recover is based upon that victim’s ability to prove that the other driver was negligent and caused the harms that the victim is complaining of. In order to prove this in a Maryland court, retaining an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney is highly recommended.
Have You Been Involved in a Maryland Car Accident?
If you have been involved in a Maryland car accident, you may be entitled to compensation if the other driver is found to have been negligent. To find out what rights you have as a Maryland accident victim, seek the counsel of a dedicated Maryland car accident attorney as soon as possible. Some of your rights as an accident victim must be enforced or else they will be forever lost, so reach out to an experienced attorney today. The dedicated lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have the experience you need to recover in your Maryland car accident case. Call 410-654-3600 today.
More Blog Posts:
Pedestrian Killed in Prince George’s County Accident, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published January 20, 2014.
U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms Judgment in Favor of Defendant in Maryland Contributory Negligence Case, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published December 18, 2013.