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When an accident takes place and leaves a victim injured or killed, you may have grounds to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party for compensation. To successfully bring such a claim, however, you must establish that the at-fault party acted negligently, which caused the accident and subsequent injuries to take place. Understanding how to satisfy this element in a personal injury case is crucial to the success of your claim.

According to a recent news report, the driver of a pickup truck drove his vehicle into a local home, which killed one person and left two injured. Local authorities reported that the pickup truck went off the highway when it crashed into the second floor of the home. The driver of the pickup truck was ejected from the vehicle and was found on the first floor of the home with minor injuries and the passenger of the pickup truck died at the scene. The pickup truck driver was attempting to pass two other cars on the highway at a high rate of speed when he lost control, went airborne, and collided with the home. A woman was in bed on the second floor of the home when the crash took place and was reported to be critically injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Local police claim that it appeared alcohol was potentially a factor in the crash, and the accident remains under investigation.

How Can I Prove Another Driver Was At Fault in a Car Accident

In Maryland, proving that the at-fault party was negligent is a crucial part of a successful car accident lawsuit. To make a negligence claim under Maryland law, a potential plaintiff must prove four elements. First, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant had a duty to protect the plaintiff. Second, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached that duty. Third, the plaintiff must establish that they were actually hurt or injured. Lastly, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s actions were the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury.

Although car accidents can be deadly in a number of ways, potentially the most dangerous type of collision is a head-on crash. When two vehicles are going in opposite directions at high speeds and crash directly into each other, serious and fatal consequences ensue. Because many times these accidents take place because of the negligence or recklessness of another driver, it is crucial to understand how to recover from subsequent injuries, property damage, or in extreme crashes, the death of loved ones.

According to a recent local news report, a deadly two-vehicle crash left four individuals dead. Local authorities reported that on the Bel Air Bypass on Route 1 near Rock Spring Road, a Toyota was heading north when it tried to pass another vehicle and crossed into the southbound lane. A Honda was traveling southbound and the Toyota crashed into the Honda head-on. After the initial crash, the Toyota rolled over onto its side and caught on fire. By the time troopers arrived, they had to extinguish the flames and evacuate the driver of the Toyota and its passengers. The driver and passenger of the Honda were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota and her passenger were airlifted to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries. The Toyota’s passenger later died from her injuries. The accident remains under investigation by Maryland state police.

Head-on crashes take place because of a number of reasons but are commonly associated with negligent or reckless drivers or maneuvers. Distracted driving involving talking on a cell phone or texting, for example, is one of the most common ways that head-on collisions take place. Other times, drivers operating their vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol can also cause them to veer into oncoming traffic. Driving the wrong way, drifting into the opposite lane caused by fatigue or drowsiness, speeding around curves, and improper passing are also common causes of head-on accidents.

Maryland car accident injury lawsuits are often complex. The state’s strict contributory negligence laws prohibit recovery if the plaintiff is at all responsible for the accident. Insurance companies often use the state’s laws to their advantage and unnecessarily impute liability on a claimant. Fortunately, in most cases, injured passengers fare better during an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.

Maryland car accidents can cause serious injuries, especially those involving head-on collisions or where both drivers were speeding. For instance, national news reports recently highlighted the tragic accident involving NFL player Deshazor Everett and a reputable occupational therapist. According to reports, the victim, a lifelong Maryland resident, was a passenger in the football player’s car when the car clammed into several trees and flipped over. Emergency responders transported the woman to a hospital, where she later succumbed to injuries. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Maryland law requires drivers to have third-party insurance. This system allows passengers to recover from the at-fault party’s insurance carrier. Typically, the passenger may collect from any responsible party; issues may arise in the rare case that the passenger was responsible for the accident. However, insurance companies may try to deny, delay, or under-compensate claimants unlawfully. In these cases, victims have options such as a bad-faith lawsuit against the insurance company or a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver.

A 13-year-old boy died after a recent Maryland car crash in Camp Springs. According to one news source, the crash occurred when the driver of the vehicle with the 13-year-old boy as a passenger was traveling north on Allentown Road. The driver reportedly made a left turn into a shopping center and crashed into another car that was traveling south on the same road. The boy was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. The drivers of both cars were injured but their injuries were reportedly not life-threatening. An investigation into the crash continues and anyone with information is asked to call the police.

The recent crash highlights the dangers of left turns for Maryland drivers. Research shows that left turns are a factor in many crashes. In one study, left turns were shown to be three times more likely to produce a serious injury or fatality as compared to right turns. In another study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), the critical pre-crash event in 22.2 percent of crashes was a left turn. This means that about one-fifth of the crashes were caused by a left turn. In comparison, right turns made up only 1.2 percent of the crashes studied.

Researchers have explained that in making a left turn, drivers have to make a number of calculations within a short amount of time, drivers have to turn against the flow of oncoming cars, drivers’ view can be obstructed, and that such turns involve a wide turn radius.

Although traffic nearly disappeared at the beginning of the global pandemic, road conditions have never been more deadly—especially for Maryland drivers. A combination of speeding, recklessness and other dangerous behaviors among local drivers has resulted in an unexpected increase in dangerous or fatal accidents in the last 20 months.

According to a recent local news report, Maryland roads have increased in danger since the beginning of the pandemic and are seeing a new high in rates of deadly crashes due to excessive speeding and distracted driving. Maryland State Police have noted that based on recent numbers, there have been more local drivers dead per collision, drivers moving at higher speeds, and more instances of driving under the influence or while impaired than ever before.

In 2020, the Maryland Department of Transportation noted that it saw its highest number of fatal crashes in six years due to excessive speeding. Although traffic numbers were down at the beginning of 2020, there was an increase in the number of total fatal crashes overall with 573 deaths in 2020 compared to 535 deaths from the year before. Despite fewer drivers traveling in 2020, the accidents that took place were more severe, which led to an increase in car accident fatalities.

Any time we get behind the wheel, there is a risk of getting into an accident. This risk, however, often increases depending on what road you are driving on. According to the most recent Fatality Analysis Reporting System data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), I-95 is the most dangerous highway in the United States.

The report, which analyzes which roads, counties, and states present the greatest risk for drivers based on the number of fatalities in auto collisions, found that total vehicle fatalities increased by an estimated 7.2 percent from 2019 to 2020. In addition, in 2020 alone, the United States experienced the highest rate of fatalities from auto accidents since 2007, with nearly 1.37 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

Based on data from the Federal Highway Administration, drivers drove 430.2 billion miles less in 2020 compared to 2019, resulting in about a 13.2 percent decrease. This dramatic change is likely because of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, which kept many people at home. The decrease in total miles traveled by vehicles combined with an increase in auto accident fatalities resulted in the significant 7.2 percent increase in total vehicle fatalities that took place between 2019 and 2020.

If there is one sure thing in life, it is that it often deals you the most unexpected hand at the most unexpected time. Often, this takes place through events out of our control, such as major accidents or incidents caused by others. When this happens, it is often impossible to be fully prepared—but understanding the basics of how to move forward legally following a major accident, death of a loved one, or similar incident can better equip you and your loved ones for your next steps.

According to a recent local news report, a three-car accident left a toddler dead and four adults severely injured. Local authorities reported that the driver of a Ford was turning left when it crashed into an Acura and a Honda. The impact from the Ford caused the Acura to skid off the road and hit a brick wall. The three individuals in the Acura, including a three-year-old who was in the backseat, were all transported to the hospital for further treatment. The driver and one of the passengers of the Acura had serious but non-life-threatening injuries, but the toddler later died at the hospital. The drivers of the Honda and Ford were also transported to local hospitals but were expected to survive. The accident remains under investigation by local authorities.

Following an unexpected and tragic accident involving the sudden passing of a loved one because of another party’s negligence or recklessness, filing a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from your mind. There are, however, many legal options that you and your loved ones should consider in the wake of such an accident, including potentially filing a wrongful death claim in Maryland courts.

Determining liability in an accident is a critical part of every lawsuit, and it is essential to recovery in Maryland. Maryland follows strict contributory negligence laws, and as such, establishing fault is a priority in every case. While backing-up accidents may seem straightforward, various factors at play can often affect a claim.

In most Maryland backing-up accident cases, the first inquiry is whether the driver backing out had the right of way. Generally, the car that did not maintain the right of way will be liable for the accident. However, there are exceptions to the right of way rule, and when more than one car is backing up, the driver with the legal right of way may not be paying attention to their surroundings. In these cases, the driver with the right of way may be responsible for some portion of the accident. Another factor in these accidents is whether the car was stopped or moving leading up to the collision. If the vehicle was moving but stops with sufficient room, they may not be liable for the accident.

Where do Most Backing-Out Accidents Occur?

The most frequent types of backing-out accidents involve a driver backing out of a parking lot. When a car backs out of a parking space into a parked car, generally, liability lies on the person backing up. However, there are exceptions if the static car is illegally parked and in a position where the moving car cannot see the vehicle.

Wrongful death claims may be appropriate when a person dies because of another’s negligent or intentional conduct. In these situations, Maryland allows the deceased’s family to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party. While the state permits these claims, the wrongful death statute is challenging and requires strict adherence to notice and filing requirements.

Maryland Code § 3-901 explains that a party may bring forth a wrongful death action if a death occurred because of another party’s negligent act or omission. The primary inquiry is whether the deceased would have been entitled to damages if they survived the incident. In this situation, spouses, parents, and children may be entitled to monetary compensation. These claims may arise from a construction accident, nursing home abuse or neglect, defective products, medical malpractice, and auto accidents.

For instance, news sources recently described a harrowing four-vehicle accident in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. State troopers and Maryland State Police Crash Team responded to the scene of the accident. A preliminary investigation reveals that an Audi crashed head-on with an SUV in the center turn lane. The SUV then swiped another vehicle which flipped over and hit another sedan. The SUV driver and passenger died at the scene of the accident. In addition to a host of weapon possession charges, police charged the driver of the Audi with driving under the influence and reckless driving.

State Police in Maryland are investigating a fatal Maryland pedestrian crash that took place at Quantico. According to one news report, investigators indicated that a 30-year-old woman was standing in the road where she was involved in an argument and that she was hit by a vehicle. The police were called to the scene and found the woman in the roadway. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The crash reportedly occurred just before 1 a.m. Police continue to investigate the crash.

Victims of a Maryland pedestrian crash can seek damages from drivers or other parties at fault through filing a lawsuit in a Maryland court. If a driver is negligent—or purposely injures a pedestrian—they may be liable for damages including medical expenses, psychological suffering, physical therapy expenses, lost wages, and more.

A pedestrian crash is any crash that involves a person on foot, even if a driver exited the vehicle. According to 2018 statistics, a pedestrian was killed in a traffic crash on average every 84 minutes in the United States. Despite seeing less traffic in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Department of Transportation says that pedestrian fatalities were up in 2020, from 124 in 2019 to 134 in 2020. Crash fatalities in Maryland were at their highest in 12 years. The total number of crash fatalities in 2020 was the highest in Maryland since 2008. Pedestrian crashes often occur in urban areas. From 2009 to 2013, about 90 percent of crashes in Maryland involving a pedestrian took place in the metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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