Early this morning on I-270 in Clarksburg, a fatal car accident occurred. There was a disabled vehicle stopped in the lanes of travel on the highway. Another car hit the disabled vehicle from behind, which resulted in the death of the disabled vehicle’s driver. The driver of other vehicle was injured in the collision, but suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police investigation into the exact cause of the crash continues. At this point, alcohol does not appear to be factor in the accident.
Disabled vehicles always pose a danger on the road to themselves and to other drivers. It does not matter whether the vehicle has made it to the shoulder or is stopped in a lane of travel; it is still dangerous. Darkness at night and inclement weather make it even more dangerous if your vehicle becomes disabled on a highway because other drivers might not see you or will not be able to stop to avoid a crash. If your vehicle becomes disabled, you should always make sure your lights are on and your hazard lights are flashing so that other cars can see you and avoid an accident.
Remember, if you are injured in an accident, you should seek medical attention immediately to treat the injuries you sustained. It is also important to call the police to the scene to document that the other driver was at fault and to collect information on all parties involved and any witnesses to the crash. Finally, it is important to hire an accident injury attorney to get involved and fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a Maryland car accident and would like to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for free, contact our office at (301) 854-9000 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Columbia or throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/