The Worcester County State's Attorney's Office issued new charges last week in the Ocean City car crash that resulted in serious injuries to a mother and her infant child. The 47-year-old driver was under the influence of drugs, according to authorities, when his pick-up truck rear-ended the victim's car as she was stopped at a red light.
The driver is charged with several counts; including causing life-threatening injuries by motor vehicle while impaired by a dangerous substance, aggressive, reckless and negligent driving, possession of illegal drugs and failing to control speed to avoid a collision. One has to wonder if the allegedly negligent driver has car insurance that could help the mother and her child pay for their medical bills and other expenses they have incurred as a result of the accident.
When a person is injured through the negligent or reckless actions of another there are tort laws that can be used to help the victims recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a car accident a personal injury attorney can assist you in determining if you have a claim and any compensatory damages you may be entitled to.
Although the accident occurred last December and the mother and child are recovering from their injuries, the new charges reflect the seriousness of the case. A search warrant was issued for the suspect's home several days after the accident and police confiscated phencyclidine, also known as PCP and marijuana in that search. Police also found PCP in the man's truck after the accident. He has been released on bond pending his next court appearance.
Source: WBOC 16, "New Charges Filed in O.C. Crash That Left Mother, Baby Injured," Kye Parsons, Mar. 23, 2012