In late March, an accident involving a tractor-trailer led to the closure of Md. 140 for about four hours, according to the Carroll County Times.
The tractor-trailer was carrying a large load of lumber, according to reports.
Around 9:30 on the morning of March 28th, police told the Times they were called to the scene. A tractor-trailer carrying lumber had overturned. No one was injured in the accident, but the cleanup effort took several hours, the Times reports. A section of the highway between Md. 97 and WMC Drive was closed to traffic.
What to do when you see an accident
If you witnessed an accident like this on the highway, what would you do?
In the moment, a person could have a strong emotional reaction and do something to jeopardize their safety and that of others. Even if you don’t do a lot of driving on the highway, it’s good to be mentally prepared for what to do if you see an accident on the road.
Here are some safety tips from The Globe and Mail.
If you witness an accident or drive past the scene of one before police and paramedics arrive, call 911 immediately, if you can. Report the crash in as much detail as you possibly can–keep in mind that you may be the first person to report this crash. As to whether you stop to help, that is up to your individual judgment. Police do not recommend being the “good Samaritan:” they say to leave helping to the authorities.
If you do stop, look after your own safety. Keep in mind that when you stop on any roadway, but especially on the highway, your car is at risk of being hit by other traffic, including any emergency vehicles responding to the crash. Make sure to pull as far off the road as you can and remember to put your flashers on.
If you witness an accident, police want to hear from you. When the danger has passed and you are no longer driving, call the non-emergency police line to report what you saw. When talking to the police about the incident, try to remember what the person or people involved in the accident looked like, even what color clothing they were wearing, and the make, model and color of the car or cars involved.
Sometimes, accidents happen and all we can do is try to handle the consequences intelligently. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident that was the result of another person’s negligence, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC now for your FREE consultation. We will listen to you, review your case, and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.