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 »
A woman fled the scene of multiple accidents after hitting three vehicles. According to a WBAL-TV news report, the hit-and-run accidents occurred in the 3800 block of Buckeystown Pike in Buckeystown. Officials say the red car left the roadway, struck a car, stopped briefly, hit two more vehicles and fled the scene. It is unclear if anyone was hurt in the accidents. Detectives are looking for a red car with damage to the left front and right side.
Under Maryland Statute 20-102: “The driver of each vehicle involved in an accident that results in bodily injury to or death of another person immediately shall stop the vehicle as close as possible to the scene of the accident, without obstructing traffic more than necessary.” Despite this law, it is relatively common for drivers to speed away from an accident out of fear of being arrested or being held accountable. Read the rest »
A 67-year-old Oxon Hill man and his 81-year-old passenger were injured when their van collided with a Maryland State Police car. According to a WJLA news report, the car accident occurred on the Capital Beltway near Suitland Road in Prince George’s County. Officials say the trooper’s car was stopped as he conducted a traffic stop when the car was struck by the van. The trooper was not injured, but the driver of the van suffered life-threatening injuries and his passenger was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The authorities do believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.
Alcohol is a common contributing factor in Maryland car accidents. Alcohol can affect an individual’s ability to drive by impairing his or her vision, reaction time, ability to focus and aptitude for performing several tasks at once. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 160 people were killed in alcohol-related car accidents in the year 2012. That means that about 32 percent of all Maryland traffic deaths that year involved alcohol. Furthermore, 978 people were injured in drunk driving accidents involving a blood alcohol contraction (BAC) of .01 or higher. Read the rest »
An officer and another driver were hospitalized after being involved in a Maryland car accident. According to a WUSA 9 news report, the crash occurred on Branch Avenue in the Brandywine area. Officials say the officer was attempting to turn left with the sirens on when a northbound car crashed into the police vehicle. Both the officer and the driver sustained non-life threatening injuries. It is unclear if the other motorist will be cited for failing to yield to the emergency vehicle.
Under normal circumstances, drivers who are turning left must yield to oncoming traffic. Motorists who fail to yield when turning left can be held accountable for the injuries and damages they cause. However, right-of-way laws change when an emergency responder turns on lights and sirens. Read the rest »
A 50-year-old woman was killed in a Maryland car accident when a 2005 Toyota Solara pulled in front of her 2006 Harley Davidson. According to a news report in The Daily Times, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Route 50 at Rockawalkin Road. Officials say the 23-year-old driver of the Toyota failed to yield when pulling out in front of the motorcyclist. The collision caused two other vehicles to crash as well. The motorcyclist was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where she later died. The incident remains under investigation.
Failure to yield the right-of-way is a major factor in a number of Maryland motorcycle accidents each year. Whether the collision occurs at a city intersection, at a rural four-way stop or at a private driveway, the consequences can range from minor contusions to brain injuries to sudden death for the motorcyclist. Riders have no seat-belts, metal frame or airbags. So they are often ejected and seriously injured. Read the rest »