Maryland Driver Killed on Highway Shoulder

By Peter DePaolis

Many states have now passed laws requiring motorists to move over a lane when they see accidents or emergency responders like police officers along the roadside. This is due to increased deaths and serious injuries involving these people. Particularly on highways, drivers have little time to react if someone on the side of the road is suddenly in their way. It is always best to move as far away as possible from people along a roadside. If unsafe driving has injured you or a loved one, a Maryland personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.

A Maryland man died a couple of weekends ago when he was attempting to cross the Washington Beltway in order to help another driver. The other driver was in a minor car accident with a woman, and the two pulled over on different sides of the Beltway. The 29-year-old man was on the right shoulder. When the woman did not get out of her car quickly enough, he became concerned and went over to check on her. He made it across three lanes until a Chevrolet Express Van struck and killed him in the leftmost lane.

People involved in car accidents should take steps to avoid posing any other dangers to oncoming traffic. If there are no serious injuries, your first priority should be to get yourself and others to a safe place. Move the cars off the road and as far away from traffic as possible. A driveway or parking lot is always a better alternative than the shoulder.

If negligent driving has injured you, contact a Maryland personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

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.