On Sunday March 22, 2009 there was another deadly car accident on Route 3 near 739 in Virginia. This time 4 people were killed including Tyler S. Harlow, Tianna V. Jones, Joseph L. Sahnow and James B. Cook. Mr. James Steiniger was seriously injured in the crash.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those killed and injured. If you have lost a loved one during a car accident caused by a negligent driver, do not hesitate to contact our Silver Spring auto accident attorneys for a free consultation.
This car accident occurred when Eugene T. Green, age 29, apparently drove his Chevy Tahoe on the wrong side of the road. Authorities are investigating whether alcohol was a factor. A photograph of the area is below. This is a deadly stretch of highway and people have even referred to it as Dead Man’s Curve. In August 2008 17-year-old Kelsey Orndorff was killed at this same location when her 2004 Dodge Intrepid ran off the road.
In August 2007 Amith Stein Grace died after a drunk driver named Michael W. Kilby crossed the center line and struck her Chevy Blazer. Mr. Kilby pleaded guilty of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and will likely serve a lengthy prison sentence.
Virginia needs to take a serious look at what can be done to make this area safer. Perhaps stepped up speed enforcement, flashing lights and even rumble strips to keep vehicles (even drunk drivers) from crossing the center line would be a good idea.
The families of those injured or killed on Route 3 in Virginia need to make sure that -even in their time of grieving-that the evidence is preserved. They should hire an attorney to conduct a full fact investigation rather than simply relying on the Virginia State Police.
Unfortunately, in tragic cases like this, the insurance companies get a head start and evidence gets lost or manipulated in such a way that insurance companies can avoid or minimize payments for wrongful death, survival and personal injuries. Attorneys representing those injured on this roadway need to consider negligent actions against the other driver AND against Virginia for improperly maintaining and constructing this roadway. If you have been injured in a car accident contact the Silver Spring personal injury lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan for a free consultation.
The Silver Spring lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan, LLC handle car accident investigations and injury cases in Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.