Following a major car accident, especially on a busy roadway, the danger of further damage is often not out of sight simply because the initial collision has already taken place. Sometimes, subsequent accidents happen after the cars involved in the initial crash pull over to the side of the road. For busy roadways or areas where there may be low visibility, it is not infrequent that another driver will crash into stalled vehicles pulled onto the shoulder, causing more injuries or damage to what already took place during the initial accident.
According to a recent local news report, Maryland State Police are investigating whether weather played a role in a recent accident that left one pedestrian dead and another seriously injured. Local authorities responded to a call reporting a crash on Maryland Route 16, where three vehicles had been involved in a major accident and two people were located lying in a nearby ditch with significant injuries.
Based on a preliminary investigation, both of the injured victims were riding in a Toyota Tundra truck that slid off the road next to the ditch and both individuals exited the vehicle. For unknown reasons, a Ford Escape stopped on the scene also. Moments after the Ford stopped, a Hyundai traveling in the same direction crashed into the back of the Ford, which sent it careening into the ditch. Accident investigators believe that the Hyundai then slid off the roadway and struck the two pedestrians who had exited their Toyota at the time. The Hyundai also ended up in a ditch. No other injuries were reported and the accident remains under investigation by local authorities.
After a car accident takes place, you may feel overwhelmed, scared, or unsure of what to do next. It is important that after a car accident, you safely stop your vehicle and get out. Being able to park your vehicle in a safe place and exiting, however, is dependent also on your physical and mental state following the crash.
If you are able to exit the vehicle, you will be able to both survey the damage that has taken place, but also assist others involved in the accident if they need help and call the police. By exiting your car after the collision safely, you can both keep a pulse of the conditions surrounding your accident after it has happened and also help prevent further injuries by assisting others.
Before exiting your vehicle, however, make sure it is safe to do so before exiting. Sometimes, your vehicle may be stuck in a ditch, or you may be on the shoulder of a very busy highway or road. Once you exit, it is advised that you stand in an area away from the vehicle until the authorities arrive. This way, if subsequent accidents happen, you will not be in the direct line of danger should another crash send a stalled car careening your way.
Should You Call a Lawyer After a Maryland Car Accident?
Yes, calling a lawyer after a Maryland car accident can help you understand your rights and how to effectively pursue them. Often, accident victims are entitled to recover financial compensation after an accident. A lawyer can help explain the process and provide you with an honest assessment of your case.
Do You Need a Maryland Car Accident Attorney?
If you or someone you know was recently injured or killed in a Maryland car accident, contact the lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen for assistance. Our attorneys have years of experience fighting for the injured and will provide you with the support you need to navigate your legal claim with ease. To schedule a free initial consultation today, contact us at 800-654-1949.