Since I handle auto accident cases, both for injured persons and for insurance companies, I am most grateful for the horrible driving in Maryland. It puts food on my table and wine in my cellar. I don't practice in DC, but many of those drivers sneak into Maryland. I remember a case once where a driver continued straight despite a sign which said, "ROAD CLOSED". Big sign. At his deposition he acknowledged that he saw the sign. (You really couldn't miss it). He was then asked why he went straight. He said, "I was confused by the sign. I didn't know what it meant." The 4 lawyers around the table looked at each other. The next question was, "Besides meaning that the road was closed, can you tell us any other meaning that the sign may have had?" The witness said, "I was confused. I just couldn't figure it out."
Great story, irwin. As you also can attest, these drivers also cause considerable pain and suffering in addition to providing amusing stories!
I was on my way into the office early one morning late last week and was following a passenger van heading north on MD 27. Said van had DC plates, for what it's worth. After watching him cross the center line 4-5 times in a mile or so, I backed off more than my usual following distance in case I needed to take evasive action in the event he did something really stupid. As he approached a very red light at around 60 mph, it became apparent that he wasn't going to stop. I layed on my horn, hoping to catch his attention before it was too late. Note even a tap of the brakes as he sailed right through the intersection. Thankfully, no one was coming the other way. I continued to follow him at a distance as he wove from center line to shoulder into the next town, where he proceeded to pull over in the far lane of traffic, stop his vehicle in the traffic lane and put the vehicle in park. No signals, no flashers no nothing. I grabbed the phone number from the back of the van and called his dispatcher to let them know what an idiot they had driving one of their vehicles.
Oh........the vehicle belonged to Metro Access, a division of the DC Metro system responsible for transporting disabled citizens to and from public transit. I've seen more lousy driving from these people than just about any other identifiable group in the city. If you have a disabled loved one in the DC area who needs to get to the subway, please.........call a cab!
Originally posted by PurpleHaze: I layed on my horn, hoping to catch his attention before it was too late. Note even a tap of the brakes as he sailed right through the intersection. Thankfully, no one was coming the other way.
I'd say it's very fortunate that no accident occurred as all of the parties involved would have sued you for distracting that poor driver with your illegal honking. No good deed...
Originally posted by SD-Wineaux: I'd say it's very fortunate that no accident occurred as all of the parties involved would have sued you for distracting that poor driver with your illegal honking. No good deed...
Funny, kinda. No worries on my end. I can always retain irwin. Bulletproof.
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