Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ice Patch May Have Caused Death of Prince George's County Police Officer

On February 27, 2010, a Prince George's County Police Officer was involved in a serious car accident when his vehicle struck a patch of ice and slid into a utility pole. Officer Thomas Jensen was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his injuries. However, on March 9th, he died of those injuries.

All drivers have an obligation to drive at a reasonable and prudent speed with is consistent with the current weather conditions. In other words, if a driver is traveling at the posted speed limit, he or she can still be found negligent of exceeding a safe speed if the weather conditions are hazardous. What happened in this situation was a tragedy and is a reminder to all of use to be mindful of the weather conditions as we travel. It is also yet another example of terrible injuries occurring at an impact speed that was not over fifty miles per hour.

If you, a family member, or someone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle accident involving the weather conditions or if you would like more information on car accidents, please contact Portner & Shure for a free consultation.

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