Officials are looking for witnesses in a fatal truck accident in Queen Anne’s County, which left five people, including a pregnant woman, her sister, a man, a 7-year-old girl and a 2-month-old boy dead. According to CBS Baltimore news, the fatal truck accident occurred on Route 50 in Queen Anne’s County on January 10, 2015. Officials say the family was traveling from Greenbush, Virginia to Baltimore when the truck smashed into the passenger’s side of their car. The accident is still under investigation.
Truck accidents are often devastating and tragic. The size and weight of trucks make them extremely dangerous. Often, we see that occupants of other smaller vehicles suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries in a truck crash. Read the rest »
Depending on the settings on your phone, you may receive amber alerts for missing children and silver alerts for seniors. A Maryland Senator has proposed creating a yellow alert when there has been a hit-and-run accident. According to a news report in The Associated Press, Senator Bryan Simonaire will introduce the legislation in the new session, which begins on January 14, 2015. The Republican Senator told the press that there have been five unsolved fatal hit-and-run accidents in Arundel County since 2009 including three in his district. He believes that more should be done to give victims’ families closure.
Under Maryland Statute 20-103, the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident, even if it only results in damage to property, “shall stop the vehicle as close as possible to the scene of the accident, without obstructing traffic more than necessary.” Under Statute 20-102, drivers involved in an accident that results in bodily injury or death shall immediately stop or return to the accident and “remain at the scene of the accident.” Read the rest »
A 32-year-old man of Lazy Lane in King George Virginia was killed in a Prince George County car crash. According to a Southern Maryland News Net report, the fatal car accident occurred at Aquasco Road and Horsehead Road in Aquasco. Officials say the driver of a northbound pickup truck attempted to make a right turn when it struck an eastbound car. Both drivers were hospitalized and the driver of the car succumbed to his injuries the following day. Investigators are still asking for help in determining the cause of the crash.
Many of the most serious Maryland car accidents occur at intersections. It is all too common for drivers to fail to obey traffic control devices or to properly yield the right of way. To help you avoid being involved in an intersection accident, make sure you: Read the rest »
A 60-year-old Edgewater woman and a 22-year-old Davidsonville man were killed in a Maryland car accident involving a head-on collision between an Audi TT and a Toyota Yaris. According to a WBAL-TV news report, the fatal car crash occurred in the 400 block of Central Avenue West near Beards Point Road in Davidsonville. Officials say the 22-year-old man was behind the wheel of the Audi when it crossed the center line and struck the Toyota head-on. It is unclear what caused him to cross into oncoming traffic. She was pronounced dead at the scene and he died from his injuries. Read the rest »
Six people were injured in a Maryland car crash involving a tractor-trailer, a Howard County ambulance and three cars. According to a WBAL-TV news report, the truck accident occurred near Washington Boulevard and Kit Kat Road in Elkridge. Officials say a tractor-trailer tried to turn left when it struck a car. Then, an ambulance came over a nearby hill and hit a Hyundai Sonata that was stopped because of the truck accident, which in turn hit a Chrysler 300.
The EMT ambulance driver has been listed in stable condition. Two other EMTs were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The 45-year-old Hyundai driver, her 11-year-old daughter and the 63-year-old driver of the Chrysler were injured as well. The driver of the truck was not injured and it is unclear if the driver of the first vehicle struck by the truck was hurt. An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway. Read the rest »
A 60-year-old Gaithersburg man was killed in a Maryland traffic accident when a truck struck his bicycle. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal bicycle accident occurred in the 12100 block of Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg. Officials say a 52-year-old Hagerstown man was driving a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission truck when he turned left on a green signal and struck the eastbound cyclist. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Drivers who are turning left, even those that have a green light, must yield to oncoming drivers and bicyclists. Under Maryland Statute 21-402: “If the driver of a vehicle intends to turn to the left in an intersection or into an alley or a private road or driveway, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any other vehicle that is approaching from the opposite direction and is in the intersection or so near to it as to be an immediate danger.” Read the rest »
There is an increased risk of being in an accident when driving during the holidays. According to the American Automobile Association, 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.2 increase over last year. Travelers will also enjoy the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in five years.
However, holiday road travel can also be hazardous. Here are a few tips, which we hope will help make your Thanksgiving road trip safer:
- Do not drive distracted. Put away your phone and have a passenger help you navigate so that you can keep your focus on the roadway. Read the rest »
A 77-year-old Silver Spring man was killed in a Montgomery County car accident when a green 1999 Lincoln Continental struck him. According to a WUSA 9 news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring. Officials say the Montvale Drive man was struck while crossing the north side of the road. He was transported to Suburban Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. It is unclear if the 64-year-old driver will be cited for the crash, but the investigation is ongoing.
It does not take much for a pedestrian accident to result in serious or fatal injuries. Even at relatively low speeds, pedestrians can suffer bone fractures, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, 112 pedestrians were killed in statewide car accidents in the year 2008. That accounts for 20 percent of all Maryland’s traffic fatalities. Read the rest »
Seven children and six adults were injured in a four-vehicle Maryland car accident involving a green Dodge minivan, black Chevy Tahoe SUV and two compact cars. According to a WJLA news report, the car crash occurred along the 16900 block of Norwood Road near Excalibur Lane in Sandy Spring. Officials say a tan Toyota Corolla was stopped before turning left when a Mitsubishi Lancer rear-ended it. That impact forced the Corolla into oncoming traffic where it hit the Chevy Tahoe head-on which went on to hit the minivan.
The six people in the two cars and SUV were treated at the scene and did not require immediate hospitalization. All seven occupants in the minivan, however, were badly hurt. Two of the children, age 6 and 11, suffered serious injuries. It is unclear if the driver of the Lancer or any other motorist will face citations for the crash. Read the rest »
In December of 2011, 5-year-old Jake Owen was killed when the driver of an SUV traveling 62 mph struck the back of the vehicle in which he was a passenger. During the investigation, it became clear that the at-fault driver was using his phone and did not even look up to apply the brakes before the crash. Because of the laws in place, the driver faced only $500 in fines for the fatal crash. As of October 1, 2014, distracted drivers in Maryland will not get off so easy.
Jake’s Law, named after the child killed in 2011, results in much tougher penalties for distracted drivers. Now, distracted drivers could face up to a year in jail, a $5,000 fine and 12 points against their license. Jake’s mother hopes that this new law serves as a deterrent for distracted driving and not just as a punishment. The intent of the law is to prevent distraction-related crashes. Read the rest »