An Arnold woman was driving with one other passenger on the outerloop of I-695 last night when her Hyundai Elantra left the roadway on the right shoulder near the Baltimore National Pike exit just past I-70. The driver crashed in to a parked State Highway CHART vehicle that was on the side of the highway helping a driver who had run out of gas. Sadly, the passenger in the Hyundai died as a result of the crash and the driver was seriously injured. Luckily, no other cars or people were injured in the accident. Police officers closed the outerloop for several hours last night while they investigated the cause of the accident. Weather was not a factor in the crash, but police continue to investigate why the Hyundai ran off the road.
This accident is just another reminder of the dangers that can occur on the side of the road on highways. Drivers can easily lose control of their vehicles and run off the road. When that happens, anyone who is pulled over on the side of the road is in danger of being hit. If you remain in your vehicle, you are protected much better than if you are standing outside of your vehicle. Cars on a highway like I-695 are driving at speeds up to 80mph, and if any one of those drivers loses control of their vehicle, a person on the side of the road could easily be killed. Many people think they are safe and out of harm’s way because they are on the side of the road, but these people would be wrong. In fact, people on the side of the road are in more danger than drivers still on the highway, especially if they are outside their vehicle changing a tire or performing some other car maintenance. Remember, if you are on the side of the road, use your hazard lights, pull as far away from the road as possible, and if you must be outside of your vehicle, wear bright-colored clothing that drivers can see.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident on the side of the road and would like to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for free, contact us at (301) 854-9000 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Towson or throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/