Earlier this month, a one-year-old boy was killed when he was struck by an car that had been hit by a driver who was fleeing police. According to one local news source, the accident occurred on the 5300 block of Monrovia Road.
Evidently, the driver first struck an unoccupied police cruiser that was near the scene of another fatal accident. Instead of stopping, the driver fled the scene with police in tow. Police were chasing the vehicle, which was heading into downtown Baltimore, when it crashed into a Volvo. The Volvo was pushed up onto the curb, where it collided with the one-year-old boy, who was in a stroller being pushed by his mother.
The driver was seriously injured and was taken to the hospital that evening. He was discharged the next day before charges had been filed against him. He left the hospital, and it wasn’t until two days later that charges were filed. At the time of the article’s publication, police were still looking for the man.
The young boy who was struck sadly died later that night at the hospital. The article noted that the driver has a history of traffic-related offenses, including a homicide by vehicle conviction in 2002 for which he served three years in jail.
Aggressive Driving on Maryland Roads
Aggressive driving, such as that which caused the accident and the subsequent death of the young boy mentioned above, is one of the most dangerous forms of driving, arguably more dangerous than drunk driving and distracted driving. Aggressive driving can consist of any number of kinds of behavior, but it often includes at least one of the following:
- Making frequent lane changes without signaling;
- Cutting off other drivers;
- Running stop signs and red lights;
- Failing to yield to other drivers; and
- Cursing or making obscene hand gestures towards others on the road.
When an aggressive driver causes an accident, they may be held liable by anyone injured as a result, as long as the injured party can show that their injuries were a result of the driver’s negligent or aggressive conduct. In order to prove this in court, the assistance of a dedicated Maryland personal injury lawyer is extremely helpful, since the laws in this area can be complex and counterintuitive at times.
Have You Been Involved in a Maryland Car or Pedestrian Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Maryland car, truck, or pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation from the party responsible for the accident. However, you should be fully prepared for a defendant who denies all liability or takes the position that you shared fault in the accident. To learn more about this area of the law, and to set up your free consultation with a dedicated Maryland accident attorney, call 410-654-3600 today. Calling is free and will not result in any obligation on your part unless we are able to recover compensation for you.
More Blog Posts:
State Supreme Court Reverses Plaintiff’s Award for Punitive Damages, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published October 7, 2015.
Driver in Tragic Oklahoma Parade Accident May Have Been Acting Intentionally, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published November 3, 2015.