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Man killed after driving the wrong way on I-195

By Alpert Schreyer on January 5, 2017

accidentIn a Christmas-Day tragedy, an Ellicott City man was killed after driving the wrong way down I-195.

John Ignatius Wellham, who was 90, was near Catonsville when, traveling east in the westbound lane of the highway, he collided with a taxi. The accident happened at about 11:40 a.m.

The taxi driver sustained minor injuries.

How can this happen?

Many of us have made the mistake of driving the wrong way down a road—perhaps a street in an unfamiliar area of town. But driving the wrong way on the highway?  Cases like this can lead to speculation that the driver may have been distracted or impaired.  Given the age of the driver, in this case it could have been neither of those things, but in this Internet age of distracted driving it serves as a reminder of our own driving habits.

Distracted driving is becoming an even more prominent factor in car and truck accidents, so it is more important than ever to be prepared for your own trips – no matter how short or long the distance – so you can practice good defensive driving.

Here are some tips on how to protect yourself and your passengers by avoiding distracted driving, courtesy of Geico and AAA Exchange:

  • Actively pay attention. Survey the road in front of you, watch for pedestrians, pay attention to the cars around you, and scan your rearview mirrors.  A split second is all it takes for something major to happen.
  • Be prepared for your trip before you start the car. Take those extra few minutes to plan your route if using a GPS, check traffic and weather conditions, look up information about your destination, even choose the music or radio station you want to listen to. It’s easy, when you’re in a rush, to think you can do all this on the road, but you will make your trip so much safer if you do it before you hit the road.
  • Be strict with yourself about not using technology while driving and never let yourself think it’s okay to go on social media or read or send emails while you’re driving.
  • Don’t eat while you’re driving. Eating while driving makes you less attentive, and food spills can cause accidents.

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. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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