Two people were killed and another critically injured in a series of auto accidents in Prince George’s County. According to a report by ABC 7, the accidents all occurred around Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
The First Accident
A violent collision occurred Wednesday night on the 8600 block of Contee Road when one vehicle crossed the center median for an unknown reason and slammed into another oncoming vehicle One of the drivers was thrown through the windshield. One of the drivers was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was taken to a nearby hospital where she is expected to recover. Police believe that speed was a factor in the accident.
The Second Accident
A man driving alone was killed when his car unexpectedly left the roadway and collided with an object on the side of the road. The accident occurred at Rhode Island Avenue and 38th Street in Mt. Rainier. The man was taken to the hospital, but died from the injuries he sustained as a result of the accident.
The Third Accident
The final accident was an auto-pedestrian accident in Oxon Hill, on the 5900 block of St. Barnabas Road. According to the report, a car struck a pedestrian and immediately stopped to render aid to the accident victim. The victim was taken to the hospital where she was admitted in critical condition, but is expected to survive.
Numerous Causes, But Similar Results
As you can see from the descriptions of the three accidents above, each involves a different set of facts and in each case a different party is “at fault.” In truth, at this point, it is difficult to say who was actually “at fault.” That determination is the proper function of a jury. While we might be able to guess in each situation, it is difficult to say for certain at this juncture.
For example, take the second accident. At first glance it looks as though the driver fell asleep or was somehow negligent in operating his vehicle. However, what if a construction crew negligently left a gaping hole in the roadway that caused the man’s vehicle to spin out of control? If that was the case, the man’s family may have a cause of action against the city, state, county, or the construction company.
Bringing a Personal Injury Action in Maryland
In Maryland, accident victims can bring suit against the other parties involved in the accident and can recover from these parties so long as the accident victim is not found to be at fault for the accident. The best thing to do is to speak with an experienced Maryland car accident attorney as soon as possible and discuss what options you have. Often times, accident victims may not come up with all the responsible parties on their own and can benefit from having a legal mind examine the situation. To speak with a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney, click here, or call 410-654-3600 today.
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