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Frederick Maryland Man’s death another tragic reminder of dangerous holiday traffic

By Alpert Schreyer on December 29, 2016

semi-truck accidentThe roads are typically more dangerous during the holiday season, as evidenced by the increase in the number of crashes reported on the news.

A Maryland man’s tragic death earlier this month was yet another reminder that we all need to use extra caution when driving during the holidays, when roads become more crowded.  Ross Jonathan Michaels, a 40-year-old resident of Frederick, Maryland, died December 7 in a crash that involved his Toyota Corolla, a Ford F-150 and a tractor-trailer.

What happened

The driver of the tractor-trailer tried to brake as he reached heavy traffic, according to WTOP. His vehicle jackknifed into the next lane and crashed into the victim’s car, causing it to hit the truck in front of him, according to police.  Michaels died at the scene, and the driver of the tractor-trailer sustained minor injuries.

Avoid dangerous driving mistakes

During the holidays, it’s smart to use extra caution when driving.  EHS Today lists some of the biggest driving-safety mistakes people tend to make during the holiday season:

  •   Distracted driving. Avoid talking on your cell phone and texting while driving. Pull over or wait until you’re parked somewhere to use your smartphone to go online, even for seemingly brief tasks like checking store hours. Those few seconds of lost attention could have deadly consequences.
  •   Impaired driving.  Accidents that result from impaired driving are preventable. It’s always important to have a designated driver, or, if you know you will be drinking at a friend’s party, to make arrangements to stay overnight.
  •   Pressured driving. The stress of the holidays—social and family commitments, the obligation to spend money on gifts, even having to make up for taking time off work—can change the way you drive. Feeling stressed can make you a more aggressive and less considerate driver.
  •   Driving while tired. Holiday stress and busyness can also lead to lost sleep, which becomes dangerous when you get on the road. Fatigue increases the chance that you will be involved in a crash.

Some accidents can’t be prevented, but some can. Negligent drivers make the roads an even more dangerous place. If you are a victim in an accident caused by the negligence of someone else, there’s help.

From personal injury to wrongful death, if you or someone you know has been injured or otherwise hurt by an accident that you believe was the result of someone else’s negligence, there is no time to waste. In case of injury, always seek medical attention first. Then it is time to take action by contacting the experienced Maryland personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC.


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