Have you ever wondered just how many people suffer injuries in car accidents in Maryland? According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, car accidents injure approximately 55,000 people every year. Of those, more than 600 victims die.
These numbers are terrifying, but they aren’t unique. All across the country, distracted and negligent drivers cause an incredible amount of damage every year.
According to CBS Baltimore, the driver of a Megabus lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail along the interstate. At the time, 75 people were on board the bus. The driver told officers that a mechanical problem contributed to the accident.
Police closed the northbound lanes of the interstate temporarily, to ensure that passengers could safely disembark. Paramedics transported five passengers to local hospitals, but police did not offer descriptions of their injuries.
Megabus issued a statement promising to work with authorities during the investigation and expressing their commitment to safety.
If you’ve suffered a serious injury in an accident with a negligent driver, contact us as soon as possible. At Duboff & Associates, Chartered, we have more than 50 combined years of helping clients seek compensation through civil lawsuits.
To arrange a consultation with an Baltimore accident attorney from our offices, call 443-912-0002.
Judge Fines Maryland Woman for Fatal Car Accident
In March 2013, Elizabeth Meyers attempted to cross the road to enter a parking lot when she struck Jonathan Roberts who was riding his motorcycle. Paramedics rushed Roberts to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
Initially, police found it difficult to determine the cause of the car accident. Neither driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and neither was speeding. It all seemed like a tragic accident, until a witness spoke up, accusing Meyers of texting while driving when the crash occurred.
In October, the state filed negligent-manslaughter charges against Meyers for distracted driving after police provided found proof that she was texting while looking through her cell-phone records. At the time, many applauded the charges, including AAA.
WBALTV News reports that the prosecution allowed Myers to plead guilty to negligent driving and dropped the other charges. Now, Meyers only faces a $500 fine for the fatal car accident.
Roberts’ Family Is Outraged by the Deal and Filed a Civil Lawsuit Against Myers
As part of the plea deal, the prosecution dropped five charges against Meyers including criminal negligent manslaughter. The family urged the prosecutor to take the case to trial because Roberts had the right of way, and a witness claimed that Meyers was texting.
Now, the family is filing a personal-injury lawsuit over the matter, claiming that Meyer’s negligence killed their loved one. Proving guilt in a civil trial is somewhat easier than doing so in a criminal trial, so the family may still find justice for Roberts.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an accident with a reckless driver, don’t wait to call us. The sooner you involve an accident attorney in your case, the better your chances for success.
To schedule a consultation with a accident attorney in Baltimore, call us today at 443-912-0002.