Earlier this month in Greenbelt, one man was killed after a carjacking resulted in a multi-vehicle accident on the Capital Beltway. According to one local news report, the accident occurred after a man carjacked an ambulance on the 6200 block of Greenbelt Road.
Evidently, the man was involved in a separate and unrelated car accident that required an ambulance. When the ambulance arrived, the man hopped in and drove off, but not before assaulting the crew. After driving off, the driver navigated the ambulance off the Beltway, crashing into three occupied vehicles along the way. After getting off the Beltway, the stolen ambulance crashed into a total of nine other vehicles before rolling over in a restaurant parking lot.
Sadly, the driver of a Mercedes that was hit by the carjacked ambulance was killed as a result of the accident. His passenger was taken to the hospital with serious injuries but is expected to recover. The driver of the stolen ambulance was taken to the hospital with serious injuries as well. He has been arrested and charged with various crimes, including armed carjacking. It is unclear what additional charges he may face for the death of the man.
Reckless Driving Risks Lives
This is an unusual story, but the driver’s behavior is not uncommon to see on Maryland roads. Aggressive driving and reckless driving are the causes of countless Maryland car accidents each year. In fact, these accident comprise a large percentage of the accidents we see each year.
Aggressive driving encompasses a wide range of dangerous driving behavior, including:
- Frequent and erratic lane changing,
- Running stop signs and yellow or red lights;
- Weaving in and out of traffic;
- Tailgating; and
- Making turns without signaling
It isn’t surprising that such dangerous behavior results in a large number of serious and fatal Maryland car accidents.
Liability in Reckless Driving Accidents
The easiest way to establish liability in a reckless driving accident is to rely on the citation issued to the reckless driver. This is valuable evidence at trial, if it is available. However, if there was no citation issued, recovery is still an option through witness testimony, traffic cameras, and other potential sources. If you have been involved in a accident that was caused by another driver’s reckless or aggressive driving, call a Maryland accident attorney today.
Are You in Need of an Attorney?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious Maryland car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the other driver’s negligence. Compensation for an auto accident may include amounts for past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In some extreme cases, the court may choose to award punitive damages, which are above and beyond those normally awarded. To learn more about how you may be eligible for monetary compensation for what you have been put through, call one of the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC at 410-654-3600.
More Blog Posts:
Sport Utility Vehicle Crashes into High-School Cafeteria, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published December 2, 2014.
Single-Vehicle Accident Takes the Life of One Fifteen-Year-Old and Injures Two Others, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published September 3, 2014.