In a tragic accident out of Baltimore, a young 12-year-old girl has lost her life due to an accident that was caused by a man who fleeing police. According to a report by the Baltimore Sun, the man who caused the accident was a suspect in the shooting of a 16-year-old victim earlier in the week.
Plain clothes police officers were following the man a few days later when they witnessed him speed through an intersection and collide with a minivan. Inside the minivan were a mother and her two daughters. One of the daughters lost her life in the accident.
The driver fled the scene on foot after getting into the accident with the minivan. Police and neighbors in the area rushed outside to help the victims of the accident, and one of the victims needed to be cut out from the crumpled van. The fugitive driver was able to escape the scene of the crime and has since evaded the authorities. Police are currently looking for the man they describe as “a black man with medium build wearing a white T-shirt and jeans.”
Hit and Run Accidents in Maryland
There is little more despicable than causing a serious accident and then leaving the scene because of fear of being caught by the authorities. However, that is exactly what happens countless times a year across the country in hit and run accidents. These types of accidents are especially upsetting when a person loses his or her life because they did not receive the medical treatment that they could have received, had the other driver stayed and called for help.
Liability in Hit and Run Accidents
Once police catch up to a hit and run driver, they can be held both criminally and civilly liable for their actions. For instance, in a civil personal injury action, a potential plaintiff must establish that the driver who caused their injuries was negligent. If the driver who caused the accident fled the scene, negligence is often an easy sell to the jury. After all, what is more thoughtless than causing an accident and then fleeing the scene rather than stopping to render aid to the victim?
Have You Been Involved in a Hit and Run Accident?
If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit and run accident, you should speak with a dedicated personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The most difficult part of recovering for a hit and run case is often locating the driver. Once police find the driver, it is up to the jury to decide whether the driver who caused the accident and fled the scene was acting negligently. The Maryland based personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen has years of experience trying all kinds of Maryland car accident cases, including hit and run cases. Their team of dedicated attorneys knows what it takes to recover for their clients, no matter what kind of accident you have been in. To schedule your free initial consultation with a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney, click here, or call 410-654-3600 today.
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Pylesville Single-Car Accident Leaves Passenger Dead, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published May 1, 2014.
Fatal Car Accident in Fort Washington Under Investigation, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published May 8, 2014.