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Multi-car crash kills 1, leaves others with minor injuries

As painful as it can be for Baltimore residents to sustain a personal injury, it can be even more frustrating when the cause of the accident is unknown. For those injured in an auto accident, for example, the search for the cause can seem prolonged when immediate answers are not available.

This is the case in a multi-car crash that recently occurred in Maryland. The driver, a 56-year-old man, was driving a pickup truck when he failed to stop behind a SUV that was waiting at a stop light. The man's truck crashed into the SUV which, in turn, was pushed into another vehicle. The two vehicles struck by the man's truck were ultimately pushed out across the intersection, demonstrating the force at which the car accident occurred.

While the driver of the truck died in the accident, it was unclear whether he was distracted or what precisely caused the accident. Investigators appear to have ruled out drugs, alcohol or excessive speed as being contributing factors, but the fact that the man made no attempts to avoid the collision raises serious questions.

Fortunately, the other individuals involved in the auto accident had only minor injuries. This is somewhat surprising, given that whiplash injuries, otherwise known as cervical sprain, cervical strain or hyperextension injury, occur even in low-speed accidents.

Then again, whiplash injuries are not always immediately recognized, and sometimes the symptoms develop over the course of the next several days after an accident. Given the nature of the injury, victims of whiplash injuries may need to see medical specialists. Such medical attention is essential as whiplash injuries, while seemingly minor at the outset, can worsen into serious injuries over time. Fortunately, victims may gain relief for their medical care in the form of a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: Baltimore Sun, "Three-car crash in Millersville claims one life," Mary Gale Hare, Oct. 3, 2012

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