As a Maryland driver myself, I do worry about the mental and physical states of other drivers on the road. It is a matter of fact that we all take a daily risk as we share the road with hundreds and thousands of other motorists. It is impossible to know whether any one of those drivers could be drunk, overtired, impaired from prescription medication, or just plain distracted by their cellphone or mobile device.
Needless to say, any traffic wreck is one too many, and the causes are secondary to the aftermath as far as the victims are concerned. As a Baltimore auto accident lawyer and personal injury attorney, I can say that negligence takes many forms. Society has become very sensitive one form of bad behavior — drunk driving — with law enforcement and the court system ready and willing to prosecute offenders.
But even when an individual is convicted of vehicular homicide or injury by auto, the victims and their families must continue to deal with the emotional scars and financial costs of that negligent driver’s actions. This is why I and my colleagues try so hard to help people in need by suing to recover damages from medical costs, such as treatment for traumatic spinal injury, and lost wages due to a breadwinner’s incapacitation after a crash.
A recent accident brings the point home for everyone, as police arrested a driver suspected of drunk driving following a head-on injury accident in Ann Arundel County. According to news reports, the a pickup truck driver who was allegedly speeding the wrong way on westbound Route 100 hit a Toyota Camry and critically injured a 36-year-old Olasupo Dosunmu of Hanover, MD.
Police said Dosunmu was driving his Toyota in the slow lane of westbound Route 100 near Telegraph Road just before 3am when he was struck by the 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by 28-year-old Leon Franklin Medura Jr. of Crofton. Although an investigation was ongoing at the time of the news article, police believe that the crash was a result of driver error, excessive speed and possible alcohol use.
Dosunmu was taken by state police Medevac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being cut from his crushed vehicle by emergency responders. The driver of the pickup and his passenger, 24-year-old Ashley Lauren Patterson, were taken by ambulance to Shock Trauma where they were each listed in serious condition.
Police suspect alcohol as factor after 3 hurt in head-on Arundel crash, BaltimoreSun.com, March 18, 2010