It is a harrowing experience to have your car break down and find yourself on the side of the road. It can be even worse when you are stuck on the side of the interstate, with vehicles passing by at high rates of speed. The obvious danger when these elements coincide can lead to deadly results.
According to reports, this very scenario occurred recently near I-695 and I-95 in Maryland. The reports indicate that a man was near his disabled vehicle in the shoulder lane on September 26 during the morning commute hours when he was struck by a white Ford van being driven by a 26-year-old man. The collision caused the pedestrian’s death. The pedestrian was 29 years old.
To make matters worse, the preliminary investigation of this collision led law enforcement officials to determine that the driver of the van that struck the pedestrian was under the influence of alcohol. The investigation into the collision closed two lanes of traffic in the immediate aftermath of the crash. Fortunately, even though he was apparently under the influence of alcohol, the driver who caused this deadly collision remained at the scene, otherwise it may have been a hit-and-run.
Anyone who is injured in a collision caused by a drunk driver may have legal options. The family members of those who are killed in crashes caused by drunk drivers may have options as well. The facts of any given case are unique, so those who find themselves facing these tragic situations may need to get more information about personal injury law.