Crash Near Bay Bridge Injures Officer, Snarls Traffic All Day Long

By Peter DePaolis

A police officer was seriously injured in a Baltimore crash that closed down the Bay Bridge, causing a traffic jam that stretched back 16 miles.

The highway patrolman was monitoring lunch hour traffic from his vehicle, parked in the emergency-vehicles-only strip between the eastbound and westbound sides of the freeway. A driver veered out of his lane, careened up on to the median and plowed into the police car, forcing it across the other side of the freeway.

Both the officer and the civilian were taken, in two different medevac helicopters, to the same shock trauma center at the University of Maryland. Both were listed in serious but stable condition later that day.

Between the crash itself, the two emergency helicopter landings and the investigation of the scene, the road was shut down after the collision for more than six hours.

At the time of this writing, it is unknown what caused the driver to swerve out of the roadway and strike the parked car. Stories like this one, however, illustrate the vital importance of staying aware of your surroundings when on the road. Reckless driving such as this creates dangerous scenarios for everyone on the road. Negligent drivers can injure multiple people, and their unpredictable movements can make it difficult to stay out of harm’s way.

What Should I Do after a Car Accident?

One driver’s gross disregard for the safety of others cannot be tolerated. If you have been injured by a reckless or careless driver, focus on recovering, seek medical attention and then call Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. Our Maryland car wreck attorneys can get you the most compensation for your injuries.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.