Earlier this week, authorities responded to the scene of a serious three vehicle accident on Route 152 (Mountain Road) near Old Mountain Road North in Joppa. The accident was so serious, in fact, that the rescue crews on sight called for a special medical team from the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in order to assist with extricating the driver from the car.
Maryland State Police said that responders were initially contacted at 3:34 p.m. Monday, after a pickup truck traveling south on the highway crossed the center line and collided head-on with a car heading north. After the initial collision, the pickup reportedly hit a dump truck that was traveling north behind the car. Based off of photos from the scene, it appears that the car then drove off of the highway and rolled down an embankment.
According to reports, the driver of the car was flown by helicopter to Shock Trauma after the individual was freed from the wreckage. The driver of the pickup was transported by ambulance to Johns Hopkins. The driver of the dump truck driver was reportedly not seriously injured.
Car accidents usually happen because one driver was at fault. The theory of fault alleged in lawsuits resulting from car accidents is typically negligence. This means that the plaintiff (person bringing the lawsuit) is claiming that the other driver failed to act reasonably in the operation of his or her vehicle. A driver is required to drive in the way that a reasonably prudent person would drive. A driver cannot drive in such a way as to needlessly endanger other motorists or pedestrians. Any deviation from this standard can potentially be construed as negligence. Common examples include things such as: excessive speeding, failure to yield, failure to signal a turn or a lane change, running a stop sign, or any other traffic law violations.
The burden of proving negligence is on the one who brings the case, known as the plaintiff. The plaintiff must show that the driver of the other vehicle was not acting as a reasonably prudent driver would have acted and that the failure caused the party’s injuries. Evidence from the scene (including photographs of the vehicles involved in the collision), police reports, witness statements, and medical records are all potentially invaluable pieces of evidence in proving fault.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in Maryland, contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers immediately. We have extensive experience in aggressively advocating on behalf of individuals and families who have suffered due to personal injury or wrongful death as a result of a car accident. We will help you recover the compensation that you deserve. If you believe that your car accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, please contact us today by calling 1-800-654-1949, or through our website, in order to schedule your free initial consultation.
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