Earlier this month, a 49-year-old woman from Edgewater, Maryland was killed in a tragic head-on car accident. According to a local news report, the victim was driving south on Davidsonville Road in a Honda CR-V when a 17-year-old driving a Honda Civic traveling north crossed the center lane. The result was a head-on collision, around 5:30 PM, that led to substantial injuries for both drivers. Both were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center Hospital to be treated—unfortunately, the driver in the CR-V died shortly thereafter, while still in the hospital.
Head-on car accidents are one of the most dangerous types of crashes, usually leading to severe injuries and sometimes death. While any car accident can cause injury, head-on car accidents are particularly worrisome because of the speed the two vehicles are typically driving at and the location of their impact. While these accidents may occur out of the blue, they are typically caused by a negligent driver.
Drivers may be driving on the wrong side of the road for many reasons. They may be carelessly attempting to pass a vehicle ahead of them. They may also be distracted, exhausted, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, impairing their functioning. Some drivers may just ignore traffic signs and signals altogether, driving recklessly and causing an accident, while others may swerve unexpectedly into the opposite lane to avoid an animal or hazard in the road.
If a Maryland resident is injured in one of these car accidents and suspects that the other driver is to blame, they may be entitled to file a civil negligence suit against them and recover financially for their injuries. However, potential plaintiffs should be aware that determining fault in these accidents can sometimes be difficult, and oftentimes the defense will try to establish that it was both drivers’ fault. In Maryland, personal injury law states that if the plaintiff was even a little bit at fault they cannot recover, and so defendants will often do whatever they can to pin even just 1% of the blame on the plaintiff. Because of this, potential plaintiffs should work with an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to refute these claims and can ensure that the plaintiff is not barred from recovery. These attorneys understand the law and the court system and are able to call in expert witnesses and build the strongest case possible, leading to maximized recovery for the victims.
Have You Been Injured In a Maryland Car Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a Maryland car accident, consider filing a civil negligence suit today to recover for your injuries. Lebowitz & Mzhen, Personal Injury Lawyers, are here to help you with every step of the process, from filing a case all the way through trial. Our lawyers understand the strain an accident can put on the victim and their loved ones and want to help them recover against the responsible party. With decades of experience representing car accident victims across the state, our attorneys know the legal system like the back of their hands and will fight zealously to protect your legal rights. Call us today to learn more, risk-free: 800-654-1949.