Earlier last month in Landover Hills, an apparent car-jacking ended in the alleged thief crashing the stolen vehicle into the drive-thru of a McDonald’s restaurant. According to a report by ABC 7, a young man approached the driver of an SUV asking for a ride. When he was told no, the young man implied that he had a weapon, and the SUV’s driver got out of the car and fled.
The young man then got inside the car and drove away. A few blocks away he ran into two cars, one of which began to follow the SUV. Not long after, the SUV crashed head-on into the drive-thru of a McDonald’s restaurant.
After the accident, the driver, apparently flustered, got out of the car and tried to flee the scene. However, police caught up with him, and he admitted to stealing the car and driving it into the restaurant.
Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt in the accident. The young man who stole the car was treated for minor injuries, however. The driver now faces charges of armed car-jacking as well as charges relating to the accident. Police believe that the man may suffer from mental illness.
Not all “accidents” are truly accidents. Sometimes accidents involve the intentional conduct of one party. That seems to be the case here, where, although the young man may not have intended to crash the car into a McDonald’s, he did intend to steal it and take it for a joy-ride. That doesn’t mean that the case is strictly one for the criminal courts.
Whether an accident or not, when someone’s negligent or intentional conduct causes harm to another, the victim of that conduct is entitled to compensation from the offender.
Recovering in Maryland Auto Accidents
The financial recovery process after an auto accident can be lengthy and confusing. It is therefore best to retain the services of an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney to help you out along the way.
In many cases the other party to the accident will fight your claim that they were completely at fault. If the other party is successful, it may destroy your claim. It is best to be as prepared as possible before beginning the process, to decrease any surprises along the way.
Are You in Need of a Lawyer?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Maryland accident of any kind, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries or losses. The personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, has years of experience litigating all kinds of personal injury claims and knows what it takes to bring a winning case in Maryland courts. To learn more about the dedicated and skilled lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen, contact them by clicking here, or by calling 410-654-3600.
More Blog Posts:
Teenage Girl Dies in Auto-Pedestrian Accident, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published July 9, 2014.
Car Crashes into Restaurant, Sending Six to the Hospital, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published July 23, 2014.