Earlier this week in Severn, Maryland, a two-car accident claimed one man’s life and sent two others to the hospital with serious injuries. According to a report by WUSA 9, the accident occurred shortly before 3:30 in the afternoon on Ridge Road near Galetown Drive.
Evidently, a 73-year-old driver was attempting to negotiate a sharp right-hand turn but drifted out of her lane and entered the lane of oncoming traffic. At this point, the woman’s car collided with a Fredericksburg, Virginia man’s car, causing a serious accident.
The man was taken to the hospital with serious life-threatening injuries that he later succumbed to. The 73-year-old woman and her passenger were both taken to the hospital as well with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
A preliminary investigation into the cause of the accident has determined that driver error was responsible. Police believe that the older woman improperly drifted out of her lane and into oncoming traffic, causing the accident. There is no word if she will be facing any charges as a result.
Drifting Is Often a Result of Speeding
In the case discussed above, the woman’s car drifted out of her lane and into the oncoming lane. In many cases we see involving this kind of accident, the cause is actually speed-related.
When a driver takes a sharp turn at a high speed, he or she will often use the whole roadway in order to keep the same speed. While this allows him or her to navigate the corner without braking, it also creates a danger that an unseen vehicle may be approaching around the corner. This is especially dangerous is heavily wooded areas, where sharp corners are often blind, meaning that neither driver can see what is coming up ahead.
Speeding is Negligent Driving
Accidents involving speeding are not uncommon in Maryland. In fact, speeding is one of the top three most common causes of traffic accidents, along with drunk driving and distracted driving.
In each of these cases, the driver at fault may be held liable by the accident victim for monetary damages. These damages may include past medical expenses, future medical bills, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. To learn more about how to recover financially after being involved in a Maryland traffic accident, contact a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Involved in a Serious Maryland Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious Maryland car accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages to help compensate you for your injuries or losses. However, Maryland subscribes to unique laws that prevent some accident victims from recovering at all if they are found to be even the slightest bit at fault for the accident. This means that it is crucial to secure the assistance of a dedicated attorney to help you with your case, and to prevent the defendant from shifting some of the blame onto you. To learn more, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free initial consultation today.
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Single-Vehicle Accident Takes the Life of One Fifteen-Year-Old and Injures Two Others, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published September 3, 2014.