Early this morning, a woman drove her car off the northbound Greenbelt Road ramp on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. After d riving off the ramp, the car crashed into a wooded area full of trees. Police arrived after the accident and observed the driver stumbling as she walked. As a result, police administered a sobriety test, which she failed. The woman was then arrested for DUI. Luckily, there were no injuries associated with this crash.
There are drunk drivers on the road every day, yet it is impossible for police officers to catch every single one of them. Unfortunately, a majority of drunk drivers are not caught and are therefore never penalized for driving under the influence of alcohol. Oftentimes, the drunk driver crashes into another vehicle or into a pedestrian, causing severe injuries to an innocent person.
Fatal car accidents that are attributed to drunk drivers happen far too often in Maryland. The state’s Department of Transportation has a goal of zero deaths on Maryland’s roadways, and they continue to work tirelessly to improve the roads and make them safer for drivers. Drunk driving related deaths are the worst kind of accident-related death because someone makes an irresponsible decision to drive drunk and then an innocent life is taken away because of that. Losing a loved one in a fatal car accident is devastating for any family, especially when it could have been prevented. No amount of money will ever replace losing that person. In a wrongful death case, the law allows for surviving estates to collect a financial recovery when a negligent party is held liable for the cause of the death. Compensation for damages can include: loss of services, loss of future income, mental anguish, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and punitive damages.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in an accident caused by the fault or negligence of a drunk driver and would like to consult an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for free, contact us at (301) 854-9000 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Greenbelt or throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Auto-Accidents/Car-Accidents/Fatal-Car-Accidents.shtml