Earlier this month, a Maryland car accident in Charles County resulted in one fatality and several injuries. According to a recent news report covering the tragic accident, the collision occurred on Route 6 in La Plata, around noon. Evidently, a Chevy Blazer was traveling eastbound on Route 6 near King Edward Place when the driver attempted to pass another vehicle on the right shoulder. As the driver re-entered the eastbound lane, she lost control of the vehicle, and it spun out, drifting into the westbound lane. At that time, a westbound SUV struck the Blazer.
As a result of the collision, the Blazer rolled at least once, ejecting the rear passenger. Emergency responders transported the passenger to MEDSTAR/Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. In addition, four other people were injured in the accident. Police are in the midst of an official investigation; however, at this early juncture, authorities believe that speed and driver error are the leading causes of the fatal accident.
Those recently injured in a Maryland car wreck can bring a Maryland personal injury lawsuit against the party or parties they believe to be responsible for the accident. To successfully bring a negligence claim, an accident victim must be able to establish four elements:
- Duty – The duty element of a car accident claim is rarely challenged, because all motorists owe a duty of care to those with whom they share the road.
- Breach – A plaintiff must also show that the defendant violated the duty of care. For example, proof of a traffic citation, violation of a criminal law, or a failure to exercise reasonable care.
- Causation – The plaintiff must also prove that the defendant’s actions were the proximate and legal cause of their injuries.
- Damages – Finally, an accident victim must present evidence that they suffered some compensable injury or loss.
While it may seem like proving a negligence claim is straightforward, that is rarely the case. Most Maryland motor vehicle collision cases are defended by insurance companies, who have advanced knowledge of personal injury law. Thus, accident victims should be sure to select a dedicated personal injury attorney with ample experience to represent them in their case. This is especially the case in Maryland, where strict laws limit many plaintiffs from recovering for their injuries if they are found to be even partially at fault for the accident.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Car Wreck?
If you recently suffered a life-changing injury as a result of a Maryland car accident, contact the dedicated injury advocates at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. At our Maryland personal injury practice, we represent injury victims in car accident claims, as well as cases involving motorcycle accident, slip and falls, and incidents of medical malpractice. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation, call 800-654-1949 to schedule a free consultation today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our efforts unless we can help get you the compensation you deserve.