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Winter Weather Contributes to Car Accidents Across Maryland

Slippery roads, congested highways, and numerous car accidents were the result of snow flurries hitting Central Maryland late last week. The return of winter driving conditions saw traffic accidents increase throughout the region, including at least one serious accident and many smaller accidents with minor or no personal injuries.

A serious accident was reported in northeast Baltimore County where a delivery truck and a car collided on Jarrettsville Pike. Three individuals were taken to Sinai Hospital, with one listed in very serious condition.

Fortunately, most reported accidents did not involve serious injuries. There were, however, more than 35 weather-related accidents in Baltimore County as well as an overturned tractor-trailer on I-270 in Montgomery County. In Howard County, authorities reported receiving more than 100 calls reporting various traffic accidents or auto collisions. Many accidents seemed to involve single cars leaving the roadway or vehicles striking other cars that had previously lost control.

According to a spokesperson from the State Highway Administration, many of the accidents were caused by drivers going too fast for conditions. In addition to going too fast, many accidents in this type of weather are caused by motorists following too close. Generally speaking, drivers need to be mindful of all cars around them and give themselves amble time to react if another driver loses control or stops suddenly.

Drivers are also advised that posted speed limits apply to ideal conditions. When weather makes conditions less than ideal, drivers need to slow down. Even after roads have been salted or plowed, the existing moisture on the road can combine with extended periods of cold temperatures to result in slick roads.

If you have been injured in an accident related to winter driving, or any other type of personal injury, it is best to make sure you receive medical attention as soon as possible. Even injuries that seem minor at first can develop into serious problems later on. If you have suffered injuries, you may also need to take legal action within a certain time period, otherwise your right to claim compensation might be barred by a statute of limitations.

Source: Baltimore Sun, Surprise Snow Leads to Danger on Roads, Frank D. Roylance 12/11/10

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