Wherever you live, truck, car and motorcycle accidents are probably a common occurrence. Because we live in a mobile society, automobile collisions are sadly a fact of life, and while people might feel safer living out in the countryside, it’s not necessarily urban traffic accidents that result in fatalities, but rural crashes as well.
As a Baltimore trucking accident lawyer, I understand the reasons for car and truck accidents here in the Baltimore area and elsewhere across Maryland. It’s important to note that the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined a while back that driving in the countryside is no safer than driving in urban areas. In fact, the risk of a fatal car or truck crash in rural areas is nearly 40 percent higher than in our cities.
Part of the reason for this is due to the higher average speeds on rural roads, which can result in nearly two-times more chance of serious injury than in an urban setting. This, coupled with the fact that it typically takes longer for EMS personnel to respond to a crash out in the country, makes it more likely that you will survive a typical in-city traffic accident versus in one out in a rural area.
Not long ago, a man was killed in a traffic accident between a minivan and a commercial big rig along Rte. 13 in Somerset County. According to new accounts, Maryland State Police from the Princess Anne barrack reported a fatal crash on a Thursday evening when a Chevrolet Venture failed to yield to a ‘03 Peterbilt tractor-trailer rig. The 18-wheeler, which was going north along Rte 13 near Camp Road, hit the minivan when it turned left in front of the truck.
The force of the collision, which occurred at around 7:17pm, sent the minivan off the roadway and caused it to roll over several times. In the process 26-year-old Marino Cordova, who was seated in the backseat, was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. Emergency responders arriving at the crash site pronounced Cordova dead at the scene.
At the time of the news report, police were still investigating the accident and driver negligence could have been the possible cause. Reports show that Velasquez was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center reportedly for non-life-threatening injuries.
SOMERSET: Man killed in Route 13 crash, DelmarvaNow.com, October 1, 2010