The Beltway connects Maryland to Washington, D.C. and surrounding states. Each day thousands of cars travel the highway’s stretches and loops, as the Beltway is often the most direct route for area destinations. The consistently heavy traffic, which routinely includes rush hour traffic jams, naturally has an increased risk for accidents. Recently, a collision that resulted in serious injury was caused by a driver who went the wrong way.
The Maryland State Police say that a driver was going the wrong way on the Outer Loop of the Beltway just before 5 a.m. The motorist crashed into another car that was traveling in the correct direction. Upon impact, both vehicles caught fire. Preliminary information from the scene revealed that at least one person was trapped in a vehicle and at least three victims suffered serious injury.
Authorities had to divert traffic as they investigated. It is not yet known why the driver deemed at fault wound up going the wrong way. It was noted that traffic was not particularly heavy at the time, and there were no extenuating circumstances noted, such as limited visibility due to weather, that could have contributed to the driver’s actions.
Anyone who suffers serious injury under similar circumstances may have a long road of recovery ahead. A victim may suffer lasting pain and suffering, permanent physical disability, loss of wages due to inability to work, and a variety of other unfortunate ramifications of a serious crash. A victim that wants to take legal action against the driver deemed at fault can contact a Maryland personal injury attorney at the first opportunity in order to explore the options available for legal recourse.