Driver Involved in Single-Car Accident Flees Scene, Leaving Passengers for Dead

Earlier this week in Camp Springs, a single-car accident resulted in the death of one woman after the car she was riding in took the ramp too quickly and ran off the road. According to a report by WUSA9, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene of the accident after crashing the car, but he was soon after apprehended by police in the woods nearby.

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Evidently, the accident occurred just before three in the morning on the ramp from southbound Route 5 to Allentown Road, in Camp Springs. The driver of a Dodge Charger was traveling too fast and lost control as he entered the on-ramp. He eventually crashed into a light support pole, which caused the car to catch on fire.

The driver of the car got out immediately and started to run through the nearby woods, presumably to evade the police. However, they caught up with him a few minutes later not too far from the scene of the accident.

There were two passengers in the car at the time of the accident. One was flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and the other was sadly pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The ramp and nearby portions of the road were closed for several hours while police conducted their investigation and located the driver. There is no indication whether alcohol was involved, or what the driver may be charged with.

Speeding is Deadly

A huge portion of the accidents we see and deal with are caused by drivers who are speeding at the time of the accident. Speeding is extremely dangerous. However, since so many people do it routinely, it isn’t considered “a big deal” by many drivers.

But the truth is that speeding is one of the top three causes of preventable auto accidents, along with drunk driving and distracted driving. When a driver chooses to speed, he or she is putting those around him or her at a greater risk of serious injury or death.

When accidents are caused by a speeding or otherwise negligent driver, those who were injured in that accident are permitted to seek compensation from the driver. In order to prevail, however, the accident victim will need to prove that it was the driver’s negligence that caused his or her injuries. Depending on the facts of the case, this can be tricky and may be best left to an experienced accident attorney.

Have You Been Involved in a Maryland Car Accident?

If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious Maryland car accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages to help compensate you for your injuries or loss. In most cases, the driver’s insurance company will also be named in the lawsuit as a defendant. While this opens up the potential for a large verdict or settlement, it also means that accident victims should be prepared to deal with the insurance company’s lawyers. To speak to a dedicated Maryland car accident lawyer, call 410-654-3600 today to schedule a free initial consultation.

More Blog Posts:

McDonald’s Restaurant Permanently Closes After Driver Crashes Through the Drive Through, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published August 20, 2014.

Single-Vehicle Accident Takes the Life of One Fifteen-Year-Old and Injures Two Others, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published September 3, 2014.

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