Earlier this month in Glen Burnie, one man lost his life and two others were injured when the car they were riding in left the roadway and crashed into a tree. According to a report by WBALTV, the accident occurred on Route 10, right before the entrance to the Capitol Beltway at around 9:30 p.m. Evidently, the driver of the car failed to properly negotiate a corner, spun off the road, and crashed into a tree.
The driver of the car was taken to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, but was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. The other two passengers in the car were also taken to the hospital, one in critical condition and the other in serious but stable condition.
Police are currently investigating the accident, however, they have concluded that the driver of the car was speeding at the time. Currently, police are trying to find out if alcohol was involved in the fatal single-vehicle accident.
Alcohol-Related Crashes in Maryland
In Maryland, each year dozens of people lose their lives in alcohol related vehicle accidents. What makes these accidents especially tragic is that they are all preventable. If one person hadn’t drank before they got behind the wheel, the accident would not have occurred.
Through massive campaigns over the past two decades run by the government and private non-profits as well, everyone has been made aware of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. For example, drinking and driving reduces reaction time, negatively affects a person’s judgment, and alters a person’s perception while they are driving.
Because of the effects that alcohol has on drivers, drunk driving accidents often involve the same kinds of traffic errors. For instance, many drunk driving accidents involve speeding too fast around corners, drifting off the road, failing to negotiate corners effectively, etc. These are all accidents that require perception, judgment, and reaction.
Recovering for Injuries Caused By Drunk Driving Accidents
In the State of Maryland, accident victims who were involved in a drunk driving accident are entitled to recover from the person who caused the accident. In order to do so, an accident victim must prove that the driver was negligent in causing the accident (this is the same standard in almost all Maryland car accident cases). The fact that the driver was drunk at the time will be a critical fact that the jury will be able to use in determining whether the driver was negligent.
Have You Been Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident?
If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident in Maryland, you may be entitled to recover for your injuries as well as for any pain and suffering caused by the accident. To find out more, speak to a dedicated personal injury lawyer at the Maryland accident firm Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers. Lebowitz & Mzhen is a dedicated personal injury firm that has been recovering for their clients for years and is known across Maryland as a preeminent personal injury firm. Click here, or call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer today.
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