Alcohol Believed to be Factor in Fatal Highway 50 Accident
According to the Maryland State Police, alcohol was a likely factor in a recent fatal wrong-way collision on U.S. 50, close to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
The crash reportedly occurred just east of Bay Dale Drave shortly after 2 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, when a 2002 Hyundai Accent collided head-on with a 2002 Honda Civic. The driver of the Accent was a 31-year-old woman from Severn, Maryland. The driver of the Civic was a 34-year-old man from Herndon, Virginia. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
State police discovered alcoholic beverage containers in the Accent, and officers believed the driving behavior was consistent with other examples of head-on accidents caused by impaired drivers. However, law enforcement authorities had not yet officially ruled alcohol to be a factor and had not determined where the woman entered the highway going the wrong way. Speed was unlikely a factor in the crash.
Impairment commonly associated wrong-way crashes
When a wrong-way accident occurs, police officers typically investigate whether alcohol or drug use was involved. However, there may also be other factors present, such as a lack of signage or poor visibility that could lead a driver to make a mistake and go the wrong way down a road or highway.
Wrong-way crashes are particularly dangerous because of the nature of head-on collisions. Both vehicles meet at a high rate of speed and the damage tends to be significant. Those who survive these accidents are often fortunate to escape without serious injury.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Maryland crash due to the negligence of another party, contact a skilled La Plata personal injury lawyer with Mudd, Mudd & Fitzgerald, P.A. to learn more about your options.