Emergency Road Crews Battle Icy Conditions Across Maryland

Emergency crews were left scrambling over the weekend to respond to multiple vehicle accidents caused by severe and unexpected icy road conditions. The National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory on the morning of Sunday, January 18th, and cautioned drivers to stay off the roads wherever possible.

However, with temperatures reaching their coldest point between 7 and 8 am, many drivers were already out on the roads at the time of the alert. Dangerous road conditions in Baltimore and the surrounding counties led to what police have called “way too many [accidents] to count,” and at least one fatality.

The worst incident took place on the eastbound lane of Route 40 near the border of Baltimore and Harford Counties. The Maryland State Highway Administration estimates that as many as 49 cars were involved in a pileup which left all lanes of traffic closed for hours as crews fought to clear the roads and divert traffic.

In Baltimore and Harford Counties, some emergency crews were left “paralyzed” to deal with the overwhelming amount of reported accidents. Emergency vehicles were slowed by the icy roads and had trouble reaching many injured or stranded drivers.

One such early morning accident in Harford County left one driver fatally injured and three other drivers taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Another weather related accident caused six passengers on a Maryland Transit bus to be injured after the bus slipped off the icy roads in the Milford Mill area.

These accidents illustrate just how severe, rapid and dangerous the deterioration of road conditions can be during periods of ice and freezing rain.

The safest thing to do in situations such as this is to simply stay off the roads, but when this is not a possibility, winter driving precautions can go a long way towards preventing an accident. See our previous tips on safe driving in the winter and stay up to date on the local weather forecast.

If you or a loved one are injured in an automobile, motorcycle or truck accident that was not your fault, contact The Yost Legal Group to handle your entire claim. You can trust the experienced car accident lawyers of The Yost Legal Group to examine the details of your case and determine the best course of action to achieve the justice you deserve.

Call us today at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) for a free, confidential and no-obligation consultation. If you were injured due to the negligence or recklessness of another driver, The Yost Legal Group will fight to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.

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Snow and Heavy Winds Expected During Tuesday Morning Commute

Winter weather is expected to impact the commute of thousands of Maryland drivers on the morning of Tuesday, January 6th. The New Year is wasting no time in providing Baltimore commuters with hazardous road conditions, and at The Yost Legal Group we want to ensure that everyone in the area arrives to work and school safely.

Temperatures are expected to drop sharply beginning Tuesday morning as a frigid air system known as a “clipper” moves in from Canada, bringing with it up to 2 inches of snow and heavy winds. The National Weather Service expects the snow to start around 7 AM, and winter weather advisory is already in effect for Central Maryland starting at 4 AM Tuesday morning. Most estimates expect the worst of the snow to pass through by noon or 1 PM, and while this system may not bring much in terms of snow accumulation, it will certainly make the morning commute more difficult.

Here are a few helpful winter weather-driving tips to keep in mind tomorrow morning:

Prepare your vehicle before the snow begins:

o   Make sure that your vehicle’s tires are properly inflated
o   Make sure your battery is fully charged
o   Make sure your front and rear windshield-wipers are functioning properly.
o   All of these will help to navigating through hazardous winter driving conditions.

Get a head start: Stay up to date on the weather forecast

o   Try to avoid driving during the peak of the storm.
o   If you cannot stay off the roads, allow yourself some extra time to arrive at your destination.
o   The risk of skidding is highest during the winter months, and keeping your speed under control makes your car easier to handle and provides you with extra time to react to obstacles and other drivers.

Pack an emergency kit:

o   Keep some crucial tools in your trunk or back seat
o   A good ice scraper, sand or kitty litter will help you escape a snow bank
o   Road flares
o   Extra antifreeze
o   Windshield washer fluid
o   A flash light
o   A first aid kit
o   A shovel

At The Yost Legal Group, we know that accidents can happen even with the proper preparation. Exercise caution on the roads, especially during bad weather like snow and ice, and call the experienced Car Accident and Personal Injury attorneys at The Yost Legal Group if you or a loved one are injured in a Maryland car accident.

Contact the experienced car accident lawyers at The Yost Legal Group at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) for a free confidential consultation. If you are injured in an accident that was not your fault, we will fight to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.

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