When Baltimore residents are injured, the first concern is obviously to make sure the person receives the necessary medical treatment for the injury. This is particularly true when a person is injured in an auto accident, which oftentimes leads to serious injuries.
Following an accident, the questions may turn to determining who was at fault for the crasht. This is not always as easy as it may seem, and there may be a lengthy accident investigation that may need to be done to determine if someone involved in the accident was acting as a negligent driver.
For instance, a multi-car crash that killed a Chesapeake Beach teenager and left three others injured is currently under investigation. The accident happened after the 20-year-old driver of one vehicle suddenly crossed the double yellow lines on the road, but it was unknown why the driver crossed the lines. As a result, the vehicle collided with a truck.
Along with the driver of the car, two passengers were taken to the hospital, including a teenager and a 10-year-old. The teenager was ultimately pronounced dead. While police indicated drugs and alcohol did not appear to factor into the crash, authorities had not yet determined the speed of the vehicle at the time of the crash.
Typically, it is advised that those who are involved in car accidents write down exactly what happened.. This includes the time and place, the weather conditions, the persons present at the time and how the incident played out specifically. Individuals should also document the extent of their injuries and preserve whatever evidence they can of the accident, such as photographs taken at the scene. If a victim is unable to document the crash details, someone else should help with this process.
This early documentation can go a long way toward establishing the liability of the other driver, particularly when it is not clear to authorities at the outset how the accident was caused. The evidence might also be used later in a personal injury suit to establish that the negligence of the driver or another party.
Source: SoMd News, "Chesapeake Beach friends, neighbors remember teen killed in Owings crash," Aug. 9, 2013