Earlier this month, a young mother and father were killed when the vehicle in which they were riding was struck by another motorist. According to one local news report, the accident occurred just a few blocks from the couple’s home in Clinton.
Evidently, the couple had guests over and stepped out for a few moments. As they were pulling out of their neighborhood, they began to make a right turn. However, before they could finish the turn, another motorist struck their vehicle from the rear. Both the husband and the wife were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. They left behind three children, ages 10, nine, and two.
Neighbors of the couple told reporters that the intersection where the accident occurred is known as one where drivers routinely speed. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the cause of the fatal accident. However, at the time of the article’s publication, the driver of the other vehicle was not facing criminal charges for his role in the fatal accident.
Accidents Occurring in “Known Problem Areas”
Of the thousands of serious and fatal accidents that occur across the State of Maryland, many of them occur at intersections or other areas known to residents and frequent motorists as “problem areas.” These areas may be those where drivers tend to speed, run stop signs, or disobey other traffic signals or rules.
When it comes to determining liability in these kinds of accidents, of course the at-fault driver can be named in a lawsuit seeking financial compensation for the injuries caused. However, depending on the circumstances, there may also be government agencies that can be held liable.
Government agencies are required to maintain roads in a safe manner for regular use. Along with this duty comes another duty to correct any known problems with a road. While it may not be the case in every accident, if a plaintiff can show that a state or local government knew about a problem area and failed to do anything to remedy the situation, the government entity may also be named in a lawsuit.
Of course, these kinds of lawsuits are more difficult to prove than a traditional negligence lawsuit against an at-fault driver. There must generally be some kind of defect with the condition of the road. If you believe that you may have a lawsuit against a government agency or employee, contact a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a serious Maryland car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. In some cases, there may be more than one party who should be named in a lawsuit in order to prevent one party from shifting the fault onto another defendant who is not named. To learn more about these kinds of lawsuits, and to speak with a dedicated attorney about your case, call 410-654-3600 to set up a free consultation with an attorney. The skilled advocates at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have decades of experience bringing all kinds of personal injury lawsuits in Maryland courts. Call today to set up your free consultation.
More Blog Posts:
One Woman Dead, One Man in Critical Condition after Baynes Collision; Alcohol Suspected, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published August 11, 2015.
State Trooper in Serious Condition after Roadside Accident on Interstate 95 in Laurel, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published July 23, 2015.