For anyone who doesn’t believe that traffic accidents happen on a frequent basis in Baltimore, Annapolis, Rockville and the District, we have news for you: Auto, truck and motorcycle crashes happen all of the time in this state; and a fair number of them involve injuries and a few deaths every week, all through the year. Now, this may surprise a handful of readers, but a percentage of passenger car and trucking-related accidents are caused by negligence on the part of one of the drivers.
We take no pleasure in suggesting that many traffic collisions are caused by thoughtless or negligent actions on someone’s part. This is why we, as Maryland personal injury attorneys, offer our services to victims and their families to help recover the costs related to a severe and sometimes debilitating roadway accident.
We have seen it played out time and time again; an innocent driver and/or his passengers receive serious bodily injury following a bad car crash, which then necessitates days or weeks of hospital treatment followed by many more weeks or months of physical rehabilitation (especially in cases of severe closed-head trauma or spinal cord damage); and that’s just to get back to some level of mobility for a person to try to go on with their daily life. Naturally, there will be more challenges once the physical scars have healed, such as returning to work or trying to get along with a potentially permanent physical handicap.
For those who don’t survive a terrible automobile or commercial truck accident, the family of the victim may decide to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the victim’s estate. Such a claim can name one or more negligent parties, which in some cases can be the manufacturer of a possibly defective component or safety device that did not function correctly and may have contributed to the victim’s death.
Whatever the situation, one thing is certain: these kinds of car and truck accidents will be with us so long as motor vehicles, large and small, share the road. A recent news article caught our attention as it mention not one, but several personal injury traffic accidents this past month. It is just one example of the many ways in which roadway incidents happen and the frequency and randomness with which they occur every day across Maryland.
According to news reports, these collisions all took place in Anne Arundel County within a 24-hour period. The first, in Gambrills, resulted in two injuries when two vehicle collided late on a Friday afternoon along a portion of the Rte 3 near Saint Stephens Church Rd. According to police reports, a man and a woman were both hurt in the wreck, which happened around 5pm in the afternoon.
Firefighters and other emergency personnel responded to the crash, stabilizing the victims and then transporting them to Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Anne Arundel County fire officials described the female victim as being seriously injured as a result of the crash. No mention was made as to the extent of the male victim’s condition.
About 10 hours later, a car crash in the vicinity of Crain Hwy. and Fourth Ave. in Glen Burnie sent four people to the hospital. Based on news reports, the accident occurred just before two in the morning on Saturday. Officers from the Maryland Transit Administration responded to reports of a multi-vehicle accident.
Arriving on the scene with fire department personnel, officers apparently found a man and woman, both in their 40s, hurt with serious injuries. Those two victims were taken to Baltimore’s Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment. The other two victims had minor injuries; they were transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
Later that same day, an elderly man was hurt when his vehicle crashed along a stretch of Baltimore Annapolis Blvd in Linthicum. The apparent single-vehicle accident happened, based on news reports, close to noon on a Saturday. Emergency responders arrived on the scene to find the driver with serious, yet non-life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. There was no mention of whether the wreck was caused by a mechanical problem with the man’s vehicle or if it was possibly due to driver error.
Police Beat for April 1, HometownAnnapolis.com, April 1, 2012