Earlier this month, a five-year-old girl was killed and her nine-year-old sister seriously injured when the children’s mother veered off the road and into another vehicle. According to a report by the local NBC News affiliate, the accident occurred at around 5:30 in the afternoon around the 3600 block of North Franklintown Road at Leakin Park in West Baltimore.
Evidently, the two children were riding in the car with their mother when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into another nearby car. Both children in the car were taken to the hospital. The five-year-old girl was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival, and her nine-year-old sister was admitted in serious condition. The driver of the other vehicle sustained only minor injuries.
Police are still in the process of conducting their official investigation. However, they did tell reporters that the roadway was wet and slick at the time of the accident, and the specific section of road where the fatal accident occurred is particularly curvy.
Weather-Related Accidents on Maryland Roads
With the summer months winding down in the next few weeks, and fall soon approaching, Maryland will no doubt start to experience its fair share of rain. It is important that all drivers keep in mind that when driving in the rain, safety matters. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that about 600,000 people are injured and 7,000 people killed each year due to weather-related accidents. The bulk of these serious and fatal accidents are caused not by frozen or snow-covered roads, but by wet or damp roads.
Driving in wet road conditions can be dangerous, but sometimes it is also unavoidable. Drivers should keep in mind that the posted speed limit is applicable only when road conditions are ideal. When roadways are wet, drivers should slow down to a more appropriate speed, especially on winding, curvy roads. In fact, when the weather is especially bad, it may even be considered negligent to drive at the posted speed limit.
Recovering after a Weather-Related Accident
Just because it is bad weather outside does not mean that a driver’s poor judgment is excused. When someone is injured or killed as a result of a weather-related accident, it is most likely because at least one driver was speeding, in a hurry, or otherwise not paying as close attention to the road as they should. The innocent victims who are injured as a result of these accidents are entitled to monetary compensation to help them cover the costs of their medical expenses as well as for their pain and suffering.
Have You Been Involved in a Serious Maryland Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of serious weather-related car accident in Maryland, you may be entitled to monetary damages. However, under Maryland law, an accident victim who is found to be even the slightest bit at fault in the accident resulting in their injuries is prevented from recovering at all. Therefore, it is critical to a claim’s success that a dedicated and knowledgeable attorney assist in the preparation of your case to prevent the defense from shifting a portion of the blame onto you. Call 410-654-3600 to set up a free consultation today with an experienced personal injury attorney.
More Blog Posts:
One Woman Dead, One Man in Critical Condition after Baynes Collision; Alcohol Suspected, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published August 11, 2015.
State Trooper in Serious Condition after Roadside Accident on Interstate 95 in Laurel, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published July 23, 2015.