There are some things money just can’t buy. A new hand is one that comes to mind. A recent news story makes it clear that auto accidents don’t just cause injuries that might possibly heal over time; they can also irreversibly maim and disfigure some victims. An apparent DUI-related car crash in Nanjemoy, Maryland, earlier this year is one such injury accident that can never quite be made right for the victim.
In the early evening of February 27, Wade E. Morgan and a passenger were driving along Port Tobacco Road near Tayloes Neck Road when the 38-year-old driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, which crashed off the side of the road. During the accident, the passenger was reportedly thrown from the vehicle and in the process his hand was severed. The driver, who failed a sobriety test shortly after police stopped him, claimed that he couldn’t find his friend, which is why he left the scene of the accident. This act alone could have resulted in the death of the passenger, considering his medical circumstances.
As Maryland automobile accident and personal injury attorneys, the lawyers at Lebowitz-Mzhen, LLC, have seen first-hand the aftermath of some pretty horrific accidents. We have handled many cases were the victim of a car crash has lost a limb. Without a doubt, the lost of a hand is one of the more devastating personal loses an individual can sustain. When it happens as the result of another person’s negligence, it is something that can never be made completely right.
Luckily for the victim, rescue crews were able to save him, though emergency personnel and police were never able to locate the lost appendage. Meanwhile, the man’s so-called friend was charged with numerous traffic and drug-related offenses, including leaving the scene of an accident involving serious physical injury, driving or attempting to drive while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance, driving or attempting to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol and three counts of drug possession.
Police allegedly found six OxyContin tablets in Morgan’s pocket, PCP mixed into a bottle of parsley and some prescription drugs. According to reports, police also found a tinfoil smoking device containing some parsley and PCP inside the suspect’s car. Morgan, who is currently free on $50,000 bail, is scheduled to to go trial on October 5, 2009.
If you or family member has been injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident, you may have additional remedies available to you. We highly recommend that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options, protect your rights, and recover medical costs and other damages related to your loss.
Cops search for passenger’s severed hand after accident, SoMdNews.com, July 15, 2009