Baltimore authorities are continuing to investigate a serious car accident that sent a 27-year-old police officer to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with severe injuries, including multiple fractures to her legs.
A two-car crash in Columbia sent a Howard County police officer to the hospital earlier this week. The crash also involved a teenage driver who, authorities believe, caused the accident by not obeying traffic signs. The accident reflects the concerns of many who believe teenagers are too young to drive responsibly.
An accident involving three vehicles and a tractor-trailer hauling cement closed part of Interstate 270 recently. The crash occurred near a road construction site, proving once again that drivers must be especially careful during summer road construction season to avoid car accidents.
Early Sunday morning, a driver and his four passengers were driving east on Olney-Laytonsville Road in Olney, Maryland. Police believe the vehicle left the roadway and then hit two trees and a telephone pole.
Anytime a motor vehicle crash occurs, the potential for serious injuries is high. When one of the motor vehicles involved in an accident is a bus, the potential for injuries is greatly magnified because of the size of the vehicle and the amount of passengers involved.
Just a few months after an 83-year-old driver struck a Johns Hopkins student on a bicycle, putting him in a coma, another pedestrian accident occurred near the campus. This time, police say, the accident was an early morning hit-and-run crash that injured two students and led to the arrest of a suspect who was trying to flee the scene.
A tragic car accident occurred in a residential driveway in Laurel, Maryland, in late March. A mother pulled into the driveway of a babysitter to drop her children off shortly before 9 a.m. When she got out of the car, the vehicle began rolling backward down the driveway where the woman's young son was standing. Running to get him out of the path of the car, she was struck by the open driver's door and fell underneath the vehicle. Her 3-month-old daughter was still in her arms when the car rolled over all three of them.
Auto safety experts are growing increasingly concerned about the risks associated with distracted driving. Potential distractions for drivers have been popping up more and more as we have seen an increase in the amount of electronic devices that drivers have access to while they drive. Distracted driving can be dangerous even in good road conditions. However, as the spring and summer construction season begins on Maryland highways, distracted driving can be even more dangerous.
In our February 12 post, we discussed the problems of pedestrian accidents in Baltimore. Accidents involving a vehicle and a pedestrian always have the potential to be devastating for a pedestrian. The pedestrian typically has no padding or protection that can absorb the impact of a collision.
Many Maryland car accidents are caused by inattentive or distracted drivers. Thanks to public awareness efforts by the government and private organizations, many people now realize how dangerous driving while eating, on a cell phone or texting can be.