By: Allan M. Siegel
In the comics and movies, Batman always survives at the end. Unfortunately,
on a recent Sunday night in August, real-life Batman Lenny Robinson was
killed in a car accident on Interstate 70 near Hagerstown, Maryland. Mr.
Robinson had gained national recognition for his work visiting ill children
in hospitals in the DC-area dressed as Batman. He even had bought his
own Batmobile to drive to the hospitals.
On Sunday August 16, 2015, a little after 10:00 p.m., Mr. Robinson was
traveling home from a car show in West Virginia when he began having engine
trouble on an unlit stretch of Interstate 70. He pulled over and a family
he had just met at a gas station pulled behind him and put on its hazard
lights. Mr. Robinson had pulled over onto the median, but was still “partially
in the fast lane” according to the state police. Mr. Robinson got
out of his car and was checking the engine when a Toyota Camry slammed
into the Batmobile, propelling the car into Robinson, killing him.
The cause of the accident, and why the driver of the Camry failed to see
Mr. Robinson’s vehicle or avoid the collision is still under investigation.
All that is known is that Mr. Robinson’s family, and the community
as a whole suffered a tragic loss. A man who had dedicated the last several
years to helping sick children is gone because of an apparently avoidable accident.
If your car ever starts to breakdown on the road, it is important to make
sure to get your car as far off of the road as is safely possible, and
to put your emergency hazards immediately. It is also important that when
you get out of the car you stay away from the lanes of travel, and call
for assistance as soon as possible. This incident also reaffirms the importance
of making sure you pay full attention to the road in front of you. We
do not yet know why the driver of the Camry failed to see Mr. Robinson’s
vehicle before impact, but it is important to remember a moment of distraction
can have catastrophic consequences. In 2013, 3,154 people were killed
in automobile accidents involving distracted drivers, and approximately
424,000 people were injured. If you are sending a text message, your eyes
are off the road for an average of five seconds. When traveling at 55
mph, that’s enough time to drive the length of a football field.
It’s especially important to pay attention when driving at night,
particularly in poorly lit areas, such as the stretch of Interstate 70
where Mr. Robinson was killed.
Our auto accident attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel,
P.C. have helped countless families who have lost loved ones in
car accidents. We understand that after such a great loss, having someone there to help
during such trying times, is often just as, if not more, important than
any monetary compensation. If your or someone you love has been seriously
injured in an automobile accident, please
call us today for a free consultation.