As the world opens back up again, many are considering taking road trips or traveling as the weather improves and things appear safer. With more people on the road, however, this can also mean an increased risk of a Maryland car accident. Sometimes, no matter how much caution we exercise while driving, accidents still happen because of external factors out of our control such as other drivers, weather conditions, or visibility.
According to a recent news report, a tragic Maryland crash left three individuals dead. Local authorities reported that a Ford van with seven people, including the driver, was driving back home to Maryland from Orlando where they had just wrapped up vacationing with family and friends. While traveling northbound, the driver of the van veered into the shoulder of the road, over-corrected, and then flipped the vehicle several times. The roof of the van tore open and ejected multiple passengers, including a three-year-old. She was airlifted to a local hospital and survived the crash but has broken arms and a fractured neck. Following the accident, two young children who were sisters and a family friend in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. According to officials investigating the crash, the stretch of road that the van was driving on is particularly dark because there are no lights that illuminate the road at night—so visibility was likely low when the crash took place.
Following a major car accident, you may feel at a loss as to what to do next. If you wish to recover from your injuries, however, time is of the essence and filing your claim as soon as possible is in your best interest.
In Maryland, a statute of limitations for auto accident claims involving negligence is three years. This means that your lawsuit must be filed within three years of the date that the accident took place or you will be barred from bringing a claim in the future. Thus, potential plaintiffs following a car accident involving significant injuries or even death are advised to contact an experienced attorney who can help you navigate these claims.
Immediately after a significant collision, it may take a bit for the shock to wear off. It is vitally important, however, that you remain calm and clear-headed to the best of your ability and ensure that these post-accident basics take place as soon as possible.
First, call for help and dial 911. Once local authorities arrive, you can arrange for both the police or an ambulance, depending on the severity of the accident. Local authorities can also help you file an accident report so that the collision is properly documented. Second, make sure to take photographs, videos, and gather any witness statements as available so that you have all the information you need to potentially file a claim both with your insurance company and if you decide to sue. Finally, make sure that you seek medical attention as soon as possible in case you are suffering from any significant injuries. Sometimes, injuries do not appear until later after the accident because of adrenaline. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to physical consequences following an accident.
Do You Need a Maryland Accident Attorney?
If you or someone you know has been recently injured in a Maryland car accident, contact the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen. Our lawyers have years of experience working on all types of personal injury and accident claims and will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free consultation.