Of all the causes of personal injury, one stands above the rest, and it may not be a surprise to many Maryland residents. The majority of personal injury claims arise after a car accident, which occurs approximately every 10 seconds nationwide.
The range of injuries can vary widely in a car accident, as can the causes of the accident itself. For instance, a recent Maryland crash resulted in the death of one man and multiple injuries to others following an accident that is still under investigation.
The crash occurred when a driver crossed the centerline on a curve and collided with a bus carrying several passengers. Given the disparity in vehicles, the car was sent backwards more than 40 feet following the collision and ultimately caught fire. The car driver died as a result of the accident while his 14-year-old passenger was sent to the hospital along with nine of the bus passengers.
The accident investigation continues as police try to determine the cause of the crash. Some preliminary results have shown that the driver may have been speeding. Moreover, police indicated driver error likely contributed to the accident, although it was unknown whether the driver was drunk.
Generally, a number of factors will be examined to determine whether a driver was negligent. Speeding and drinking are two such factors along with unfavorable weather conditions, failing to signal while turning and disobeying traffic signs.
While the above causes may sound straightforward, an experienced attorney is often needed to help determine whether a driver complied with motor vehicle regulations and traffic laws.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Odenton driver dies in crash with bus in Glen Burnie," Andrea F. Siegel, Sept. 9, 2012