A fiery single-vehicle auto accident on a Baltimore Beltway interstate 695 exit ramp has claimed the lives of two people. The accident occurred at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 9 as a 2002 Ford van drove off the Baltimore Beltway exit ramp for westbound Baltimore National Pike. The van hit a pole and a tree and caught fire. Tragically, the occupants were killed. As of our blog publication, the names of the two deceased people had not been released.
Highway ramp safety is a critical concern on the Baltimore Beltway and other highways in Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC, and around the USA. Highway on-ramps and off-ramps are frequently the sites of serious car and truck accidents. Drivers exiting the highway too fast can quickly lose control of their vehicles when hitting the curves and grades of highway off-ramps. And motorists who enter highways from on-ramps too fast or too slow, or who fail to yield to the flow of oncoming highway traffic, can also cause motor vehicle accidents.
Maryland car accident lawyers like my partner and I read about far too many bad accidents on the Baltimore Beltway and other Mid-Atlantic highways, such as this terrible case. A routine drive to work, to school, or to go shopping can turn tragic in a heartbeat. When you’re taking a ramp on the Baltimore Beltway or any highway, be aware of the road, the traffic around you, and take it slow. Your life and the lives of your passengers depend on it.