Earlier this month in Aberdeen, one man was killed and another injured when their vehicle was run off the road by an SUV that swerved to avoid another passing vehicle. According to one local news source, the accident occurred around 11:30 in the evening on Route 40 near the intersection with Route 715, the access road to Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Evidently, there was a Honda Civic traveling west on Route 40 in the right lane. There was a white SUV also traveling west in the adjacent lane. A black passenger car approached the SUV from the rear and attempted to pass it on the left median. As that driver began to pass the SUV, the driver of the SUV swerved to the right, into the lane occupied by the Civic. The driver of the Civic attempted to avoid a collision with the encroaching SUV and swerved off the road.
As the Civic moved out of the way and onto the shoulder, it struck a pole, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The car flipped several times before ultimately coming to a rest on its roof. The driver of the car sustained only minor injuries. However, the passenger was pronounced dead a few hours later at University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace.
Aggressive Driving Accidents in Maryland
While police are still conducting an investigation into the fatal accident described above, the facts as given seem to suggest that aggressive driving may have been involved. Aggressive driving is an issue of rising concern in Maryland. According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, there are approximately 6,000 accidents and 65 deaths resulting from aggressive driving each year. In fact, motorists in the DC area recently ranked aggressive driving as the number one threat to highway safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” The most common types of aggressive driving are:
- Improper passing,
- Driving too fast for conditions,
- Tailgating, and
- Running red lights and stop signs.
Often, when an accident is caused by an aggressive driver, several of the above indications are present.
Have You Been the Victim of an Aggressive Driving Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in an accident, and you believe that another driver’s aggressive driving was the cause, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Maryland law allows for the innocent victims of traffic accidents to recover for their injuries, including amounts for past medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, and in some cases also for pain and suffering. Of course, the accident victim must be able to prove that the aggressive driver’s negligent conduct was the cause of their injuries. To learn how this can be done, call 410-654-3600 to set up an appointment with a dedicated attorney to discuss your case.
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Pennsylvania Police Search for Maryland Man Allegedly Involved in DUI Hit-and-Run Accident, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published May 26, 2015.
Car Struck and Cut in Half By Amtrak Train, No Fatalities, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published June 10, 2015.