November and December usually bring the first snowfalls to Maryland each year. As roads become covered in ice, snow and slush, the dangers of driving increase. A recent weekend of snowfall led to dozens of accidents in the state, with officials and police asking Maryland residents to stay off the roads, if possible.
In more rural parts of the state, driving became so dangerous that police advised that only vehicles with snow tires or chains should be on the roads. Despite the warnings and dangers, many ventured out. With roads covered in ice, cars were unable to maneuver and brake in time to avoid accidents. The accidents blocked roads and highways for hours, and several children were victims in pile-ups across the state.
In dangerous conditions like those that Maryland recently experienced, drivers should heed authorities’ caution and stay home unless travel is absolutely necessary. Gridlocks and accidents leading to repairs, injuries or worse are simply not worth the risk. Over the weekend previously mentioned, Maryland authorities received over 100 calls relating to traffic accidents, most of which involved cars that had lost control.
Those injured in a car accident due to the negligent driving of another during winter conditions may wish to speak to a Maryland personal injury lawyer. To learn more about driving safely during the winter or holding dangerous drivers responsible, contact a Maryland personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.