Earlier this week in Silver Spring, a four-car accident injured 13 people, sending several to the hospital. According to a report by one local news source, the accident took place near the 16900 block of Norwood Road, near the intersection with Excalibur Lane, around 2:30 in the afternoon.
Evidently, a Toyota Corolla was stopped on Norwood Road, waiting to make a left turn, when a Mitsubishi approached from the rear and slammed into the Toyota. The force of the impact sent the Toyota into oncoming traffic. Once in the lane of oncoming traffic, the Toyota crashed head-on into a Chevy Tahoe. This collision sent the Tahoe into a Dodge minivan and then off the roadway.
Paramedics were on the scene and treated the drivers and passengers in the cars and the SUV. They were able to be treated on the scene, and their minor injuries did not result in hospitalization. However, the driver and passengers of the minivan all sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash. Police explained to reporters that all people involved were properly restrained in either seat belts or car seats and credit the lack of fatalities to this fact.
As it turns out, several residents have complained about the danger of the specific intersection where the accident occurred. One motorist explained, “The cars don’t stop but rather just buzz by you on the shoulder. Everyone’s always afraid of getting clipped.”
Rear-End Accidents in Maryland
Notwithstanding the fact that the intersection where the accident occurred was a dangerous one, the accident still likely involved at least one party’s negligence. Here, it seems that the driver of the Mitsubishi failed to see that the Toyota was stopped in the middle of the road waiting to make a left turn. This is usually the case when a rear-end accident occurs.
If that was the case here and the driver of the Mitsubishi was distracted, he or she may be held responsible for the damages caused in the accident
Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted drivers cause hundreds of thousands of accidents each year across the country. Here in Maryland, it’s no different. Any time that a driver causes an accident because he or she was distracted while operating a motor vehicle, the distracted driver can be held liable for the injuries he or she caused. However, due to a unique law in Maryland, only accident victims who are found to be free of all fault for the accident are entitled to recover. Therefore, it is of critical importance to secure a dedicated attorney to assist in your case as soon as possible.
Have You Been Injured by a Distracted Driver?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a distracted driving accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages based on the other driver’s negligence. To learn more, and to speak to an attorney about your potential case, call one of the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, at 410-654-3600 today.
More Blog Posts:
One Injured, Another Killed in Olney Head-On Collision, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published October 9, 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.