The Dangers of Leaving Vehicles Abandoned on the Road

There’s no denying that at any moment, the unexpected can happen with a vehicle you are driving. A flat tire, or a car that suddenly stops and becomes undrivable with little to no warning. On some occasions, the warning signs of a mechanical issue happen days, weeks, or even months before, but unfortunately, some drivers may choose to ignore those warning signs. Routinely checking your vehicle to ensure that everything is working properly is extremely important, as it can prevent dangerous mechanical issues from happening suddenly while you’re driving, and it could save you more money instead of having to pay for even more expensive vehicle repairs later on.

When a mechanical car issue happens suddenly while you are driving on the road and if your vehicle becomes undrivable, it can be important to call a tow truck to remove a vehicle from the road. Some drivers fail to do so, choosing to leave their vehicles abandoned on the road, which can be dangerous for all drivers. When you’re driving on a road or highway, it can be a bit of a surprise if you find a vehicle left unattended that you suddenly have to maneuver around.

A recent news article revealed the dangers of abandoned vehicles left on the road. According to the news article, charges have been filed against a man who is accused of leaving his tow truck on the interstate in North Dakota due to a later crash involving the abandoned vehicle. The 43-year-old-man has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of a 43-year-old woman, in addition to reckless endangerment, driving under suspension and driving without liability insurance. The driver of the tow truck experienced a mechanical issue and stopped in the right lane of the interstate. He then proceeded to get a ride from someone else and left his tow truck where it had stopped. Unfortunately, the 43-year-old woman crashed into the tow truck, and the impact killed her. In addition, her two children were severely injured in the crash.

What is the Law About Abandoned Vehicles in Maryland

In the state of Maryland, under Maryland Motor Vehicle Law, a motor vehicle is considered abandoned when it has remained illegally on public property for more than 48 hours or has remained on private property for more than 48 hours without the consent of the owner, or for more than 10 days in a commercially operated garage. In addition, if a vehicle is illegally stopped, standing, parked, or stolen, and requires removal for investigative purposes or public safety, it is also considered abandoned.

Have You Suffered Injuries in a Maryland Truck Accident

If you or someone you love has been injured in Maryland by a truck driver, whether you were biking, walking, or driving, contact the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen for a free consultation. Our attorneys have years of experience fighting for the victims of truck accidents and can help you navigate your legal claim. To schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our team, contact us at 800-654-1949.

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