A teenage driver was severely injured and his two passengers killed when the vehicle they were riding in crashed off Maryland’s Route 4 in Anne Arundel County last month. According to reports, the Bradley Buta, 19, was at the wheel and driving near Lowell Pindall Road when the incident took place.
The crash happened just before 6pm not far from the Calvert County line. Police investigators believe that the young driver somehow lost control of the 2003 Toyota Highlander he was driving, after which the vehicle went off the road and struck a traffic sign. The impact then caused the SUV to flip and roll into the nearby woods.
After emergency crews arrived, the driver was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. His two passengers were not as lucky. Katherine Marie Buta, 57, and Douglas Donald Houglund, 67, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Lebowitz-Mzhen, LLC has represented numerous clients who have been injured in a car, light truck or SUV accident. We also help the families of victims who cannot speak for themselves due to fatal injuries sustained during an automobile accident. In this case, the vehicle was an SUV. At the time of the news report, the police had not yet determined a cause of the accident, but driver error could have contributed. Considering the age of the driver, this may be the situation, but only time will tell.
SUVs are especially prone to roll-over accidents, but this may have been a result rather than the cause of the initial loss of control. Defective vehicle or component design (such as defective tires, brakes, suspension parts, etc.) can also be contributing factors.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from an automobile accident, we strongly advise you to speak to a qualified personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling personal injuries resulting from negligence in auto accidents. At Lebowitz-Mzhen, LLC, our personal injury lawyers have years of experience in handling motor vehicle injuries and accidents, and we will be happy to advise and properly represent you, should you decide to file a personal injury claim.
2 Die In Route 4 Crash In Anne Arundel Co., wbaltv.com, August 4, 2009