In Maryland’s Anne Arundel County, six people were injured on Monday morning in an accident involving a Ford pickup truck and a Honda Accord. Police say the driver of the Accord lost control of the motor vehicle and swerved into the opposite lane where it became involved in a head-on crash with the truck.
Edward Lawrence Paquette, the driver of the Honda, sustained life-threatening injuries. Rescue crews had to extricate him from the wreckage before he was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center and later to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
The truck’s front-seat passenger, Christine Oakes, also sustained life-threatening injuries. Gary Oakes and three children, also in the pickup, were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for their injuries. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
According to the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, head-on collisions are happening more often and resulting in fatalities.
Data gathered from 2003 shows that there were 366 fatal cross-media collisions on US freeways that year. 2002 statistics report that there were 680 deaths related to these kinds of accidents.
There is no leading cause of head-on crashes. Driver fatigue, driver inattention, speeding, incorrect lane changes, and drunk driving have all been known to result in cross-over accidents.
Other Kinds of Vehicle-Related Crashes:
• Single car crash
• Rear-end collision
• Multi-vehicle accidents
• Side collisions
In Maryland and Washington DC, our car crash lawyers have helped many motor vehicle crash victims obtain recovery for the injuries and losses they have suffered.
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Related Web Resource:
National Cooperative Highway Research Program
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