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When Baltimore residents hit the road, they are often thinking of other things going on in their lives. Nonetheless, most individuals are usually careful to follow the rules of the road and watch out for other vehicles. However, not everyone follows these rules, which can, unfortunately, lead to serious injury for others who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

This occurred recently after a car was traveling on a highway and crossed over from the northbound lane to the southbound lane. The car, which reportedly was travelling at a high rate of speed, then caused a head-on collision with a pickup. This was just the start of the incident, however, as multiple other cars then became part of the car accident. In all six cars were involved, leaving one person with life threatening injuries, and at least a dozen others with various other injuries.

In cases like this, injured parties understandably want some recourse against the party at fault for causing their injuries. This can be done through a personal injury lawsuit.

One of the primary issues in a lawsuit stemming from a car accident is determining whether the person who caused the crash was a negligent driver. In order to recover any damages for injuries, the plaintiff must establish liability on the part of the defendant.

Typically, this may be done in a variety of ways, including eyewitness testimony, accident reconstructions and expert opinions. Trials also commonly involve the rules of the road and whether the person who caused the crash violated any statutes. For instance, speeding is a statutory violation, which can then be used against the person to show negligence at the time of the crash.

Source: CBS Baltimore, "11 hurt in 6-car pileup on Crain Highway," Oct. 6, 2013

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