A previous post here discussed how distracted driving is an ongoing problem, both in Maryland and in other parts of the country. Distracted driving is a problem in the sense that many motorists in this state see it as a significant danger on this state's highways, and also in the sense that so many people, even those who recognize it as dangerous, continue to engage in behaviors like texting and driving or talking on their phones while driving.
A pedestrian accident in Maryland claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy who was walking with his mom and brother. The accident happened in Anne Arundel County. According to reports, the boy suffered catastrophic injuries in the accident and died after being transferred to Johns Hopkins. The man driving the van which hit the boy was also taken to the hospital for injuries, which were not life-threatening. Police also indicated that while at the hospital, the man received testing for drugs and alcohol. The results of those tests are still pending.
A recent multi-vehicle accident near Annapolis left one person dead and several other people with injuries. Two of those who were injured, including the driver who was presumptively responsible for the accident, had to go to a special hospital in order to get treatment for their critical injuries.
Although nearly everyone in Maryland and the rest of the country has been warned about the dangers of drunk or drugged driving, many people shockingly continue to ignore these warnings, even in the face of potential jail or prison time. When such people do drive, they often wind up causing serious car accidents that can leave innocent Hartford County residents seriously injured.
A serious Maryland accident on Christmas Eve that involved a driver hitting a couple in a horse and buggy left a man in a hospital with significant injuries. The man had to be taken via helicopter from the scene of the accident to a local hospital.
Every day in the United States, 9 victims die in accidents involving distracted driving and another 1,000 victims are injured in accidents involving distracted driving. During 2015, 3,477 victims were killed in car accidents involving distracted driving and another 391,000 victims were injured in car accidents involving distracted driving. Distracted driving removes the driver's focus from the roadway, hands from the wheel or eyes from the roadway and increases the changes that a car accident will occur.
Drunk driving accidents can cause serious harm to victims. A Maryland car accident involving a suspected impaired driver and six vehicles is currently being investigated. The multi-vehicle accident occurred when a man driving a pickup truck crossed the center line, striking a dump truck which resulted in an accident involving 6 other vehicles. The driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line was airlifted to the hospital following the car accident. A victim in another vehicle was also transported to the hospital for treatment.
There are a variety of different types of car accidents which can cause serious harm and injuries to victims. The nature of the car accident can have an impact on the nature of the injuries and harm suffered which can include life-threatening injuries in situations of fatal accidents. Personal injury and wrongful death legal protections are available to victims of car accidents to help them with the damages suffered.
Distracted driving creates a risk to other drivers on the roadway. Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon but technology is leading to proliferation of potential distractions drivers can engage in which create hazards on the roadway. When a distracted driver causes a car accident, it is the victims that may be left putting their lives back together afterwards.
Traveling in a car is a common everyday activity; however, car accidents can result in catastrophic injuries that can have an unexpected long-term impact on the lives of victims. Because of the expensive nature of medical care and treatment, medical bills resulting from a car accident, and an inability to work that may also result from a car accident, victims could be placed in financial jeopardy. Important personal injury legal options can be helpful when victims are facing the challenges of the aftermath of a car accident.