Drinking and driving don’t mix. That statement is an old one and yet after years of continued tragic deaths caused by drunk drivers, the issue remains a major contributing factor to traffic deaths around the country. A recent death on a Maryland roadway may have contributed to the number of motor vehicle accidents that can be attributed to drunk driving.
The accident happened early one morning on a divided highway near Leonardtown. A man was driving the wrong direction on the northbound side of the highway when he collided with another vehicle. The collision was head-on.
The man driving in the wrong direction was taken to the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital with unspecified injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not known how the one vehicle came to be traveling on the highway in the wrong direction. The cause of the accident is still under investigation and alcohol is suspected of being a contributing factor.
Sadly, fatal automobile accidents seem to be a fact of life. Public service announcements, medical warnings, admonitions from friends and family; none of them seem to be serving as a significant deterrent against one of the major causes of motor vehicle accidents. Losing a loved one in Maryland as the result of a fatal car accident can be devastating. If an accident does occur and a loved one dies as a result, a civil lawsuit against the party or parties deemed responsible may be an option. A successfully litigated suit can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.