There’s no doubting that the United States hosts more car accidents now than in years past, but what’s causing the increase? Some argue that the uptick of traffic deaths can be explained by statistics illustrating that Americans are driving more. However, a recent study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that this isn’t necessarily the case. The agency determined that Americans drove approximately the same amount in 2012 as the year before, yet the number of traffic fatalities rose by 3.3 percent.
This may seem trivial at first glance, but that increase translates to at least 300 more deaths over the previous year. In Baltimore, we’ve certainly seen a spike in the number of reckless drivers who cause serious injury and death. The stories below exemplify the types of drivers that cause these fatal accidents.
If you are injured in a crash with a reckless driver, let us help. At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we care about each and every client that we’ve served since we opened in 1981. We believe that it is that compassion that allows us to aggressively seek compensation and justice for the victims of negligent drivers. To schedule a case evaluation with a car-accident lawyer, call us at 443-912-0002.
Police Looking for Hit-and-Run Suspect After Fatal Crash
The Baltimore Sun reports that a 42-year-old driver was killed by a reckless driver who was fleeing from police. Early in the morning, an officer witnessed a driver weaving between lanes and speeding.
The officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver sped away, still driving erratically. The officer chose not to pursue because he didn’t want to endanger the public further by initiating a high-speed chase.
The fleeing driver eventually struck another vehicle in an intersection when he did not have the right of way. In the process, two pedestrians were also struck and injured severely.
The driver of the other vehicle died at the scene while the reckless driver and a passenger ran from the scene, leaving the vehicle behind. A witness told police that the driver had sped through a red light and a stop sign shortly before the collision. Police are investigating the crash, and another unit is working to determine whether or not the officer made the right decision by letting the driver go.
Wrong-Way Driver Causes Accident During Rush-Hour Traffic
Another morning crash landed a victim in the hospital last week. Capital Gazette reports that the driver of a van was speeding down the wrong lane when he struck a car. Police describe the van as a “work van,” suggesting that the man was on the job when the crash occurred. The victim was taken to the hospital with severe injuries, and doctors say he should recover over time.
A car accident can happen while you are walking across the street or commuting to work. There is no way to anticipate an encounter with a negligent driver, but you can seek compensation after the fact through a personal-injury lawsuit. If you are looking for a car-accident attorney to help you file a claim, call us at 443-912-0002.