Last week a Maryland Man was sentenced to serve time in a County Jail for his role in a car accident last year that left one man dead.
The man was sentenced to nine to 23 months in jail following the fatal crash he reportedly caused last June.
Ronald Lee Streets pleaded guilty in April to the charges of reckless endangerment, vehicular homicide, and failing to immediately notify authorities of an accident.
According to police, the driver lost control of his vehicle while rounding a curve on Route 160, causing him and his passenger (the victim) to be ejected from the vehicle. He then walked to a neighborhood home to call two people asking for a ride before eventually calling 911.
An accident reconstructionist determined that the driver was traveling 11-14 miles per hour more than the relevant speed limit for the area.
In addition to jail time, Streets will serve three years on supervised probation following his release from jail, will be required to perform 100 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $2,644 in restitution
This case is an example of the fact that negligent drivers can be held responsible not only civilly, but also criminally for their dangerous driving. In this case, the driver pleaded to driving recklessly, which in legal terms is actually a higher category of risk than negligence. While a criminal conviction will not necessarily prove fault in a civil case, it can certainly be a valuable source for evidentiary purposes. For example, in this case there is reportedly evidence from an accident reconstructionist which determined that the driver was speeding.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Maryland, and you believe that the other driver was operating his or her vehicle in a manner that was negligent, you may be entitled to recover against that individual for the damages that you have suffered. Potentially recoverable damages include things such as medical bills, physical and other therapy costs, potential future medical care costs, amounts for pain and suffering, lost wages, and the like. An experienced Maryland car accident attorney can fully inform you regarding your potential claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in Maryland as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC immediately. We have many years of experience in aggressively advocating in behalf of individuals and families who have suffered due to personal injury or wrongful death as a result of a car accident. We will fight hard to secure you the compensation that you deserve. If you believe that your car accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, please contact us today by calling 1-800-654-1949, or through our website, in order to schedule your free initial consultation.
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