Maryland police in Prince George’s County were dispatched to Oxon Hill just after 4 a.m. on a recent Friday. Two vehicles were involved in an accident, one of which was a tractor-trailer. The big rig was reportedly navigating a left turn when a collision occurred.
The other driver had been traveling in an eastbound direction moments before the crash. A 40-year-old man from Fort Washington was behind the wheel. Sadly, he did not survive the impact of the collision. The tractor-trailer operator remained at the scene to cooperate in the police investigation.
What causes most collisions at intersections in Maryland?
Intersections are typically high-risk areas for those traveling in Maryland. Drivers must be cautious and alert when approaching a crossroad. There are many causal factors in collisions that occur at intersections, many of which are fatal:
- Failure to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Not yielding a right-of-way
- A pedestrian stepping into roadway
- Stationary objects causing obstructing visibility
- Excessive speed
The preliminary investigation of the recent fatal collision showed that the truck was turning left and the other vehicle was heading eastbound when the two vehicles collided. Investigators did not say whether any traffic violation citations were issued.
Mourning the loss of a loved one in a Maryland collision
There is no replacement for the loss of human life. However, support is available to families who are grieving the loss of a loved one who was involved in a Maryland motor vehicle collision. Such support often includes faith ministers, close friends and relatives. Personal injury attorneys can help the surviving family of a deceased accident victim file a wrongful death claim when driver negligence was a primary cause of the tragedy.