A 26-year-old Maryland State Trooper involved in a rear-end accident was left in critical condition. According to WJLA, the incident began around 2 p.m. The trooper was investigating a crash which had happened just to the north of Route 450. His police cruiser was in the far-right pull-over lane. The car which had been in the prior wreck was directly in front of his cruiser, and a tow truck was in front of the car.
To the north, a 60-year-old driver became involved in a four vehicle accident. The driver left the scene of the crash, moving through southbound traffic and weaving in his Mercedes. He moved from the left lane to the right lane, and he rear-ended the police cruiser. The Mercedes was subsequently struck by a tow truck minutes later, which pushed it almost on top of the police cruiser. The state trooper, whose vehicle had been hit twice, was trapped inside of the car. The repeated blows help to explain why his injuries are "very severe and serious injuries."
This collision was one of many rear-end accidents which can cause significant and sometimes life-threatening or fatal injury. Like in many rear-end crashes, the car which gets hit is actually stopped at the time of the incident. This fact can help contribute to the presumption that the rear-driver was the one at fault for the vast majority of rear-end accidents.
Drivers Need to Make Safe Choices to Prevent Rear-End Accidents
Cars have to stop on the road for many reasons. In this particular case, the trooper was stopped in a pull-over lane because he was investigating a car accident. A car may also have to stop because the driver has encountered a traffic jam, an obstacle in front of him or a traffic control signal like a red light or a stop light.
While there are many legitimate reasons why cars must stop on a road, drivers should try whenever possible to avoid stopping short or to avoid stopping at an unexpected place. Stopping for no reason or in the wrong location can significantly increase rear-end accidents. That's because drivers behind you won't be anticipating your behavior and won't be able to slow down or stop on time.
While front drivers can do their part to prevent rear-end accidents by avoiding stopping short, it is ultimately drivers in the rear who are usually considered responsible for causing rear-end accidents. Drivers have to make sure they aren't getting too close to the vehicle directly in front of theirs. When the car in front of a vehicle passes a fixed object, the next car behind it shouldn't pass the same object for around three to four seconds. By leaving a long enough following distance and avoiding distractions, drivers can help to prevent rear-end accidents from occurring.
Accident lawyers in Baltimore, MD can help if you have been injured in an accident. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit http://www.slocumblaw.com. Serving Baltimore, Ellicott City, Clarksville and surrounding areas.