U.S. Park Police say that on the morning of Thursday, December 28, two people died near Route 197 in the Laurel, Maryland area after a Chevy going south crossed into the northbound lanes and struck a white Infinty. The driver of the Chevy and the driver of the Infinity died at the accident scene. A blue pickup truck was also hit in the collision, but both people in the truck are reportedly fine.
There are several kinds of vehicle-related accidents that can occur, including:
– rear-end collisions – when one vehicle hits the rear end of another.
– head-on collisions – when more than one vehicle collides with the other on their front sides.
– rollovers – a vehicle turns over after being involved in an accident.
– side collisions – an accident where the side of at least one vehicle is impacted.
– multi-vehicle accidents – an accident involving several vehicles.
– single car collisions – an accident involving just one vehicle.
Vehicle-related collisions can carry legal consequences in proportion to the severity of the accident. By law, anyone involved in a collision (even with only stationary property) must stop at the scene, exchange information, or call the police when necessary. Failing to obey this requirement is referred to as a hit and run accident and is generally a criminal offense.
Parties involved in an accident may face criminal liability, civil liability, or both. Usually, the state starts a prosecution only if someone is severely injured or killed, or if one of the drivers involved was clearly grossly negligent or intoxicated or otherwise impaired at the time the accident occurred. It is notable that the penalties for killing and injuring with motor vehicles are often very much less than for other actions with similar outcomes.
As for civil liability, automobile accident personal injury lawsuits have become the most common type of tort. The courts most usually decide solely the factual questions of who is at fault, and how much they (or their insurer) must pay out in damages to the injured plaintiff.
A personal injury attorney can help you file a claim if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligent actions. A personal injury attorney can also help you sue for damages for the death of a loved one who has been killed in a vehicle-related accident due to someone else’s negligence.
The personal injury law firm of Lebowitz and Mzhen handles personal injury lawsuits for clients in Maryland, Washington D.C., and the surrounding areas. You deserve to receive compensation for your loss and suffering.
Baltimore-Washington Parkway Accident Claims Two Lives, Myfoxdc.com, December 28, 2006
Car Accident, Answers.com
Related Web Resources:
Traffic Safety Facts, NHTSA.com
National Statistics, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Web-Based Encyclopedia