Speeding is a massive cause of car accidents throughout the country. Some estimates project that speeding is a contributing factor in over a third of all accidents nationwide. Approximately 41 percent of drivers surveyed admitted to frequently or sometimes driving 15 miles per hour or more over the speed limit on the highway (roads with speed limits over 55 miles per hour). An additional 37 percent of drivers admitted to driving 10 miles per hour or more over the speed limit on residential streets (roads with speed limits over 30 miles per hour) in the past 30 days.
How Does Speed Impact the Seriousness of a Car Accident?
Unfortunately, the probability of death or serious injury rises with impacts at higher speeds. According to some estimates, the risk of serious injury or death doubles for every ten miles per hour over 50 miles per hour that a vehicle is traveling. As a result, pedestrians and bicyclists struck by cars driving 40 miles per hour are eight times more likely to die than a pedestrian or bicyclist struck at 20 miles per hour. A recent news report detailed a fatal car accident.
According to the news report, the fatal accident occurred on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, in the early afternoon in Mechanicsville. At 1:44 pm St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Three Notch Road near the intersection of Mr. Zion Church Road in Mechanicsville. When law enforcement officials arrived on the scene, they found multiple vehicles involved in a significant crash, with two cars overturned. Three vehicles were involved, a white 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, a silver 2008 Toyota Camry, and a silver 2000 Toyota 4Runner.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene, continuing the investigation. Preliminary investigation determined that the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette was traveling southbound on Three Notch Road near Laurel Grove Road when the vehicle struck the rear driver side of the 2000 Toyota 4Runner before striking the 2008 Toyota Camry. The collisions caused all three vehicles to crash off the road, with the Corvette and the Camry rolling over.
The driver of the Camry, a 33-year-old female, was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. The driver of the Corvette, a 48-year-old male, was transported to Capitol Regional Medical due to his injuries and the severity of the crash. According to officials, speed is considered to be a contributing factor to the crash with the investigation still ongoing.
Do You Need a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney?
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or harm from a car accident in Prince George’s, Charles, Baltimore, or Montgomery County, contact the lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen today for help. Our attorneys have many years of experience fighting for the injured and will work to provide you with the support, legal knowledge, and confidence to proceed with your claim. The costs stemming from injury or abuse can quickly become overwhelming, and having a team of experienced lawyers on your side can make all the difference. To schedule a free and confidential consultation today, contact us at 800-654-1949.