Sometimes Maryland residents may see an accident coming and act to prevent it. In other situations, drivers may see the accident coming but be powerless to avoid it. And in other cases, drivers may be completely unaware of what is about to happen until it is too late. Regardless of how or when a car accident occurs, if people are injured and property is damaged, a personal injury lawsuit may be an appropriate response to ensure that the at-fault driver is held accountable.
On Old Route 40 in Maryland, three cars were recently involved in a fatal accident. The accident occurred when a car driven by a 22-year-old rear-ended a truck waiting to make a left-hand turn. After the initial impact, the truck was hit again by an oncoming SUV when it was pushed into the other lane. The driver of the truck, a 71-year-old man, was declared dead at the scene of the accident and his passenger, a 65-year-old woman, was rushed to a trauma center in a helicopter. The other two drivers involved in the accident were also taken to a hospital for treatment for injuries. Police are still conducting the accident investigation and are looking for witnesses of the accident.
The devastating effects of a serious car accident can take many forms. In the worst cases, a person involved in the accident suffers serious injury or even death. After a death, the victim's family can be left with the funeral expenses, possible medical expenses, and loss of income, not to mention the emotional pain of losing a loved one. In cases where serious injury is suffered, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and neck and back injuries can also result in extreme physical disability, pain, many medical expenses and the possible need for long-term care.
Drivers responsible for causing a serious accident should be held accountable for their actions and should bear the financial costs of the accident. When a negligent driver is responsible for the accident, it becomes even more important to hold that driver liable. Personal liability lawsuits enable car accident victims to seek compensation from the at-fault driver, but liability for the accident must be proven in court before compensation is received. An experienced attorney can help in investigating the accident and collecting critical evidence to make a strong case for the injured plaintiff.
Source: Your4State.com, "One Dead in Three Car Crash on Old Rt. 40," Oct. 23, 2013