Brielle Newland, a 19-year-old sophomore from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, died on Monday in a multi-car crash on U.S. 50 close to Tarbutton Mill Road in Talbott County.
She had been riding in a 2002 Hyundai Accent driven by Jacquell Dendy, a UMES student from Gwynn Oak. The car was going east when it crossed the center divide and hit a 2007 Honda minivan, a 2004 Jeep Wrangler, a Chevy Monte Carlo, and, after overturning, struck a 2004 Ford F-250 pickup truck.
Her two other passengers, also form the Princess Anne university, were released from Memorial Hospital in Easton after being treated for lacerations and bruises. All four girls were college sophomores and had been returning to school after the Labor Day weekend.
Maryland State Police are investigating the crash and think that driver error might have been the cause of the fatal accident.
Driver error continues to be a major cause of motor vehicle accidents, even with graduated licenses for teen drivers. Although a driver may not have intended to cause a car accident or run over a pedestrian, the driver may have made mistakes or failed to obey certain rules of driving and the road that led to others being seriously injured or killed.
Some Examples of Driver Error:
• Failure to yield
• Not stopping soon enough
• Driving on the wrong side of the road
• Disregarding traffic signs
• Trying to pass a car in a “no passing” zone
• Turning on a red light
• Turning into the wrong lane
• Entering the freeway from a highway exit
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a traffic accident because another driver made mistakes, you could have grounds to file a car accident claim and obtain recovery for your loss, pain and suffering, and medical and recovery costs.
Fatal crash jars UMES campus, Baltimoresun.com, September 5, 2007
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