Last week, Maryland experienced one of the biggest storms the state’s seen in years. While the snow was a welcome sight for some, for those who had to drive in the snow, it also presented some very serious dangers. In fact, according to a recent news report, three people were killed in a Maryland snowplow accident in Montgomery County.
Evidently, the collision occurred around 6:45 p.m. on Columbia Pike at Briggs Chaney Road in the White Oak/Burtonsville area, near the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department Station. While the details surrounding the accident are sparse, authorities told reporters that three people were killed and a fourth was taken to the hospital. An investigation is ongoing, and police have not yet determined who was at fault for the fatal accident.
Snowplows present an obvious hazard for anyone driving during inclement weather conditions. While snowplows often drive at slow speeds, they can also be unpredictable. Snowplow drivers also have a difficult time seeing other motorists and may inadvertently cause an accident. Thus, drivers must constantly be on alert when driving around these vehicles.
In the winter months, weather-related accidents are common in Maryland, as most motorists in the state are not accustomed to driving in snowy or icy conditions. Drivers may assume that, as long as they travel at the speed limit, they are being safe. However, when the road is wet, snowy or icy, motorists must slow down to account for the poor conditions and decreased visibility.
Can You Sue a Snowplow Driver After an Accident?
Yes, those who have been injured in a Maryland snowplow car accident may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. However, it is essential that accident victims reach out to an attorney for assistance, as Maryland has some of the strictest laws in the country when it comes to recovering after an accident. Under Maryland law, accident victims who are even the slightest amount at fault for causing a collision are prevented from bringing a car accident lawsuit against any other at-fault party. Thus, after an accident, the other driver’s insurance company will often try to avoid liability by shifting some percentage of fault onto the accident victim. An experienced attorney can help accident victims effectively present their case—either to an insurance company or a court of law—in hopes of securing fair compensation for their injuries.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Snowplow Accident?
If you or a loved one was recently injured in a Maryland snowplow accident, reach out to the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, we have decades of experience helping accident victims and their families recover meaningful compensation, allowing them to move on with their lives after an accident. We handle all types of Maryland truck accidents, including those involving semi-truck, snowplows, big rigs and 18-wheelers. We also provide all prospective clients with a free, no-obligation consultation to answer their questions and explain the recovery process in clear, understandable terms. To learn more, and to scheudle a free case evaluation today, call Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC at 800-654-1949 today.