Representing victims of automobile, motorcycle and commercial trucking accidents, we have seen the aftermath of these sometimes devastating traffic accidents. As Maryland personal injury attorneys, I and my staff of legal professionals understand that being involved in a traffic collision may be one of the most traumatic events a person has had to face in their lifetime. With serious injuries ranging from deep cuts and lacerations to internal injuries and closed-head trauma, many of these life-threatening conditions, a victim and his family are surely preoccupied with physical recovery.
But on top of all the medical treatments, physical rehabilitation and emotional counseling is the similarly large consideration of financial recovery. Depending on the type of insurance coverage and willingness of a carrier to cover a victim’s medical costs, there can many times be large gaps in monetary support for injuries sustained as the result of another individual’s negligent acts.
For those unlucky enough to end up with a chronic, long-term condition following a serious or near-fatal roadway collision, insurance may not satisfy the months or years of rehab and ongoing medical attention required to maintain a useful and rewarding life. In cases where costs exceed resources, it may be wise to contact a qualified personal injury lawyer for advice.
From car and motorcycle crashes to pedestrian accidents, the potential for bodily harm can be significant depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident and the relative health of the victims prior to the event. The following are a few examples of Maryland traffic collisions that left the victims either dead as a result or injured and in the hospital. Their stories are unique, but the pain and suffering experienced by the victims and their families is something that happens on a regular basis all over the U.S.
Baltimore County Double Fatal Car Crash
Two individuals were killed on a Saturday evening near Hampstead, MD, when the 22-year-old driver lost control of his car along a stretch of Falls Rd. According to police, the vehicle may have been speeding at the time of the wreck. Based on news reports, the vehicle veered off the roadway around 10pm and subsequently rolled over. During the event, both the driver and his 21-year-old passenger were ejected from the vehicle.
Based on information from the Baltimore County PD, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene following the deadly single-car crash. The critically injured passenger was reportedly taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma for treatment of his injuries, however the man died the next day apparently from complications.
At the time of the news report, police investigators were still studying the accident scene and no specific information was provided as to the direct cause of the accident. In single-vehicle wrecks it is not uncommon for driver error to be a primary cause of an accident. At the same time, until an accident investigation is fully completed, there is always a chance that mechanical failure could have precipitated the accident or even exacerbated the effects of the crash.
Anne Arundel Car-School Bus Accident Injures Two
Two people were hurt in a traffic collision on Rte 170 in Odenton when an automobile collided with a school bus. In cases like this, sometimes children are injured, however in this instance the bus itself was empty at the time. Regardless, the driver and passenger in the automobile were injured, one of them critically according to news reports. The wreck happened a little before 7am on a Wednesday morning when a vehicle smashed into the school bus, partially wedging itself underneath.
EMS and other first responders from the Anne Arundel Fire Department arrived on the scene to find the car’s passenger in critical condition with reportedly life-threatening injuries. The 25-year-old victim was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma for emergency treatment. The driver of the bus was apparently unhurt and refused medical treatment. No mention was made as to the cause of the crash.
Driver Dies in Two-Car Accident in Columbia, MD
According to police reports, a man died following a Monday evening traffic accident near the Snowden Square Shopping Center in Columbia. The accident occurred a sometime before 10pm when an
‘85 Mercedes was hit while attempting a left-hand turn on Robert Fulton Dr. The driver of the Mercedes apparently did not see an SUV in the opposing lane prior to making the turn.
News reports indicated that the Mercedes driver was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with apparently life-threatening injuries. Sadly, doctors in the emergency room were unable to help the man, who subsequently died from his injuries. The other driver, a 38-year-old woman from Pasadena, was transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center for treatment of apparently minor injuries. Although a crash investigation was still underway at the time of the news report, police believed that the cause of the crash was likely a failure to yield on the part of the Mercedes driver.
Two seriously injured in crash with bus, BaltimoreSun.com, April 18, 2012
Driver killed in Columbia crash, ABC2News.com, April 17, 2012
2 die in Saturday night Baltimore County crash, WashingtonPost.com, April 16, 2012