Maryland car accidents happen every day, and many of them even make headlines in the local news. Maryland residents may see headlines every week about new car accidents happening across the state. But often, the news report discusses the accident and then notes the crash remains under investigation. Readers then likely move on and forget about the crash, and do not fully see or understand the aftermath of these crashes, especially the more serious ones.
For example, just recently, the Southern Maryland Chronicle reported on a fatal car accident occurring on Route 4/Southern Maryland Boulevard at Lower Marlboro Road in Huntingtown, Maryland. According to the report, the accident occurred just around 12:00 pm on a Monday afternoon. A 2003 Dodge Ram, driven by an 18-year-old man, was traveling south on the boulevard when a 2005 Suzuki SUV, driven by a 49-year-old woman, made a left turn onto the boulevard. Both vehicles entered the intersection at the same time, resulting in the Suzuki being struck on the driver’s side. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the Suzuki on its side and the Dodge with damage to its front end.
The driver of the Suzuki was immediately transported to Calvert Health Medical Center, where she sadly died from her injuries. The driver of the Dodge was not seriously injured. As of now, the crash remains under investigation and it is not clear who is at fault.
While this story may fade from the headlines and from the memory of those who read about it in the news, those involved and their loved ones will likely be dealing with the aftermath of the accident for years to come. The Suzuki driver’s loved ones have suffered an enormous loss and will have to take time to grieve her, while also paying her bills from the medical center and the costs for a funeral and burial. And while the Dodge driver was fortunately not killed, he may find that he suffered from minor injuries later on, requiring doctor or chiropractor visits, or even physical therapy. These long-term outcomes are not typically discussed in news reports about Maryland car accidents but can be significant all the same.
Fortunately, state law recognizes the seriousness of these long-term impacts and has a system in place where individuals affected by Maryland car accidents can file civil negligence lawsuits against the party responsible for the crash. These lawsuits, if successful, can not undo the damage that has been done, or bring back a deceased loved one, but they can play an important step in healing and grappling with the long-term effects and specifically the financial costs of these accidents, helping those affected begin to recover and move on.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Car Accident?
If so, you should schedule an appointment to speak with a dedicated Maryland car accident attorney right away. The attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, are happy to schedule a free initial consultation with you so you can learn about your legal options after a car accident or any other type of Maryland accident. Call us today to learn more at 800-654-1949.