Maryland Sees Spike in Car Accidents During Heavy Snowfall

By Peter DePaolis

If you would like more information about personal injuries stemming from negligent drivers or negligent conduct during extreme weather, please contact a Maryland personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Having just dug itself out from a massive snowstorm, the area is expected to receive more snow. You should take extra precautions while driving and even while walking. Vehicles can behave unpredictably when it comes to ice and snow. Leave extra space between cars. Avoid walking too close to traffic.

Two adults and three children were seriously injured in Maryland when their van ran into the back of a snow plow on Interstate 95. In Virginia, the state police reported over 500 cases over a 16 hour span earlier in the month in which some of the heaviest snow well. This included two men who were killed when they exited their minivan to help another car. The men were hit by a large tractor trailer that spun out of control when it tried to avoid the accident.

When roads are particularly bad, you should avoid driving altogether, unless there is an emergency. If you do go out, you need to pay particular attention to your surroundings, including the location of vehicles and the speed at which they are traveling. For example, as the incident above indicates, there is no way to predict how a tractor trailer moving at even a moderate speed is going to behave when it slides on ice and snow. Pedestrians, as well as motorists, need to be extra vigilant as a result.

If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries stemming from negligent driving, please contact a Maryland personal injury lawyer 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.