Automobile accidents involving deer in Maryland are on the rise throughout the state. Reports indicate that deer-related collisions account for more than $10 million in annual damages. Many of these incidents are driven by the further expansion of development into deer habitats, especially in more rural areas. This results in things such as deer attempting to cross highways and roads more frequently. According to safety reports, if you are a Maryland resident, there is a one in 114 chance that you will be involved in a deer-related automobile accident at some point. A recent news article discussed a fatal Maryland car accident that began with a deer collision.
According to the news article, the accident occurred on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, when a deer darted out into the path of a Nissan Altima. The Nissan Altima was driven by a 50-year-old local man and a 13-year-old juvenile was a passenger. The Nissan Altima collided with the deer, sending the deer airborne before it hit a Toyota Tundra. The deer entered the passenger compartment of the Tundra, striking the 63-year-old driver of the Toyota Tundra, before exiting through the rear window of the truck. The Toyota Tundra then veered off the road, hitting multiple trees. The driver of the Toyota Tundra tragically passed away from his injuries. The collision occurred on Maryland Route 6, east of Poorhouse Road. Maryland State Police out of the La Plata Barrack responded to the scene around 3:44 pm. The condition of the two individuals in the Nissan Altima was not disclosed at the time of reporting.
Does My Negligence Affect My Maryland Case?
Contributory Negligence is a legal concept that potentially prevents plaintiffs in an accident case from receiving recovery for injuries resulting from a crash if their negligence contributed to the accident to any degree. Essentially, even if the negligence of the operator of another vehicle is largely responsible for the accident if the plaintiff was even a little negligent, it is possible they will not be able to recover compensation. In Maryland, contributory negligence is interpreted very broadly, allowing minor negligence by the plaintiff in personal injury cases to defeat even very strong claims. A recent article discussed a local fatal crash where the cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Have You Been Hurt in a Maryland Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in the Prince George’s, Baltimore, Charles, or Montgomery County region, let the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen help you recover the damages you deserve. Expenses and injuries from a motor vehicle accident can quickly become overwhelming, and having an experienced team of lawyers by your side can make all the difference. Our attorneys have successfully represented injury victims at every stage of the process, ensuring that they obtain the proper damages. With our team, you can have faith that your claim is being pursued properly. If you have questions about your case, call us today at 800-654-1949 and schedule a free and no-obligation initial consultation with a Maryland injury lawyer at our office.