Calvert Accident Ends in Tragedy

camaro.jpgMaryland State Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened earlier this month in Calvert that claimed the life of a seventeen year old girl and left three others injured.

The accident apparently happened when, for unknown reasons, the Chevrolet Camaro in which the young woman was a passenger crossed the center line and struck a Honda Ridgeline traveling in the opposite direction.

The collision occurred near East Mount Harmony Road at Valley View Court, in Owings. The young woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Camaro, a 20 year old young woman, was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment. The other passenger of the Camaro, a 10 year old girl, was airlifted to the local children’s hospital for the injuries she sustained.

The driver of the Honda, a 77 year old man, was also transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Police do not believe that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors. Determinations regarding speed were not readily available. The investigation remains ongoing.

While little information is available regarding the circumstances in this case, given the ages of the passengers and driver, it seems likely that distraction may at least have played a part in causing this accident.

Distracted driving occurs when a driver engages in any activity that could divert an individual’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety, and could be deadly.

Some examples of common distractions while driving include:

  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Texting
  • Eating or drinking
  • Reading, including maps
  • Talking to or otherwise engaging with passengers
  • Using a navigation system
  • Grooming, such as applying makeup
  • Watching a video, regardless of device format or program platform
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
  • According to Distracted.gov, the official federal government website regarding distracted driving:

  • 10% of injury crashes in 2011 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
  • 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
  • Drivers under 20 accounted for the largest proportion of distracted drivers.
  • If you have been involved in a car accident, and you believe it was caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to bring a negligence claim against the responsible party. Negligence claims assert that the person was not acting in accordance with how a reasonably prudent person would. This is similar to saying that they were not driving in a reasonably safe way.

    If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in Maryland, contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC immediately. We have extensive experience in aggressively advocating on behalf of individuals and families who have suffered due to personal injury or wrongful death as a result of a car accident. We can help you recover 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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