A single-vehicle passenger car accident can be the result of a number of factors, including defective vehicle components, bad weather, poorly maintained road surface, or driver error. As a Maryland car accident lawyer, I and my staff understand the pain and suffering that any serious traffic collision can inflict on drivers and passengers.
Whether the crash involves a single automobile, such as a sedan, minivan, SUV or pickup truck; a motorcycle or other two-wheeled motor vehicle; or a commercial truck, such as an 18-wheeler, box truck, or delivery van, the injuries sustained by the driver and/or passengers can be extensive depending on the circumstances.
Police investigators usually work to determine the cause of any serious accident to determine the contributing factors and ultimately who was at fault. In many cases, driver error is found to be the main reason for a car or truck crash — other factors can be listed such as excessive speed, alcohol or drug use, poor visibility, etc.
A recent accident along the Capital Beltway left a 69-year-old Maryland man dead. According to police, 68-year-old Ulric Wair was headed south on Interstate 495 in a Nissan Maxima along the inner loop on a late Wednesday afternoon when he attempted to exit the expressway apparently at the last minute.
Maryland State Police troopers believe the driver steered his vehicle across the far two right lanes and shoulder and then hit a guardrail. The force of the collision with the railing caused Wair’s car to flip over causing him severe head trauma.
Emergency responders were called to the scene to administer medical attention however the man died at the scene from his injuries. The man was traveling alone in his car at the time of the accident and police believe that speed may have been a contributing factor in the accident. Alcohol was ruled out by investigators.
Man, 68, Killed In Capital Beltway Accident Near Oxon Hill, WUSA9.com, July 21, 2010