When it comes to driving, there is no question that paying close attention to road signs, traffic signals, and your surroundings is essential to road safety. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), wrong-way driving involves “vehicular movement along a travel lane in a direction opposing the legal flow of traffic on high-speed divided highways or access ramps.” Furthermore, according to NTSB, wrong-way collisions occur infrequently, accounting for only about 3 percent of accidents on high-speed divided highways, but these collisions are much more likely to result in fatalities and serious injuries compared to other types of highway accidents. Wrong-way collisions are most often head-on collisions.
In a recent news report, a two-vehicle crash in Prince George’s County, Maryland resulted in one woman dead. The accident took place on I-495, and involved a Lincoln Navigator traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. The Lincoln crashed into a Buick Enclave that was traveling south in the southbound lanes. The driver of the Buick was found dead at the scene, and when troopers arrived at the screen, one vehicle was on fire. The driver of the Lincoln was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment of her injuries. At the time of the news article, no charges have yet been filed and an investigation into the accident was taking place.
What Are the Common Causes of Wrong-Way Collisions?
Driving in the correct direction is one critical component of driving and something that all drivers on the road should take care in doing. There are a few reasons why wrong-way accidents may occur. According to the NTSB, one of the most common reasons drivers find themselves heading in the opposite direction of traffic is because of entering an exit ramp. Also, alcohol or driving under the influence has been found to be a cause of serious accidents. Additionally, driving in conditions where visibility may be obstructed can lead to these types of accidents. For example, driving in poor weather conditions, or having difficulty with vision at nighttime may be a cause of wrong-way accidents. It is important for all drivers to consider the conditions for driving that may help keep everyone safe while on the road, and to pay close attention to road signage.
After a serious car accident, it can be difficult for victims to navigate the complexities of filing lawsuits and seeking damages for their injuries or the injuries or death of a loved one. Connecting with an experienced lawyer can help alleviate some of the difficulties that you may encounter when dealing with the fallout from a car accident.
Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident in Maryland
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a Maryland car accident, contact the Maryland, D.C., and Virginia personal injury lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen today. Our team of experienced and dedicated lawyers can provide the support you need to seek the damages you deserve. We are ready to assist you as you navigate the various complexities found in filing a lawsuit. Call us today at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.