Multi-vehicle auto accidents can occur day or night, but the results are very often serious. Head-on collisions especially can result in severe or life-threatening injuries, and many times death. Aside from the emotional anguish, a fatal car accident can cause great strain the victim’s family especially if that person was the primary bread-winner for the family.
As Maryland automobile accident lawyers, our firm is able to help families make it through these difficult times. Lebowitz-Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers handles cases not unlike a recent accident that took the life of one woman and injured the drivers of two other vehicles. According to news reports, a young woman from Ellicott City was driving westbound on Route 108 near Ten Mills Road just before midnight on Friday, October 2, when her vehicle crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic near Clarksville, MD.
Somehow the Toyota Corolla belonging to 20-year-old driver, Melissa Moody, of the 11600 block of Masters Run crossed the double-yellow line and sideswiped an eastbound Lexus IS 350 being driving by Joanne Chan, 32, a Brookeville resident in Montgomery County. According to police reports, Moody’s Corolla then hit a second eastbound Hyundai Elantra belonging to 29-year-old Derrick Jordan of Columbia, Maryland.
By the time emergency rescue personnel arrived at the scene Moody was already dead. According to police, the other two drivers where taken to Howard County Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
At the time of the report, police had not determined a cause for the accident. However, depending on the age of the deceased woman’s vehicle, defective equipment is a possible cause. A faulty steering component or poorly-maintained tire can cause fail causing a vehicle to veer into traffic. From the initial report, however, the crash may have resulted from driver error, fatigue or some distraction. All of which will have to be investigated and finally determined by accident reconstruction experts.
Ellicott City woman, 20, killed in three-car accident, BaltimoreSun.com, October 3, 2009