A violent car accident last week resulted in the untimely death of two individuals who were riding in the same car.
The accident occurred early Friday morning in Hyattsville, authorities say, at the intersection of Riggs Road and Drexel Street. According to police, a Toyota Camry was turning right onto Riggs Road when it was struck by an Acura. Police said that the Acura was traveling southbound on Riggs Road when it lost control, crossing into the northbound lanes, where it struck the Camry on the front driver’s side.
The passenger of the Camry was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The driver of the Camry died at the scene. The driver of the Acura was transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities have since confirmed that speed was a factor in the crash, with one witness reporting she believed the Acura was traveling 75-80 miles per hour.
According to Maryland’s traffic laws, excessive speeding, depending on just how excessive it is, can actually result in criminal charges. Under state law, reckless driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle either (1) in a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property or (2) in a manner that indicates a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property. Depending on the investigation into this collision, the driver of the Acura could potentially face criminal charges.
Negligent driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle in a careless or imprudent manner that endangers any property or the life or person of any individual. A negligence cause of action is typically the legal theory under which personal injury and wrongful death cases are brought in connection with a tragic car accident, such as this one.
To the victims involved in these types of collisions, receiving compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and for the injury itself or themselves are some of the most important aspects of any personal injury case, especially car accident claims. The injuries associated with car accidents can be severe, such as broken bones, torn ligaments, and soft-tissue injuries from whiplash. However, in some cases, the injuries are so severe that they result in the death of the victim. When this is the case, the individual’s family may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in an attempt to be repaid for their great loss.
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. Our law firm has extensive experience in advocating aggressively on behalf of individuals and families who have suffered due to personal injury or wrongful death as a result of a car accident. 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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Fatal Car Collision on Old Route 40 in Washington County, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published October 29, 2013
Maryland State Trooper in Critical Condition Following Shoulder Collision, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published October 18, 2013