On Feb. 5, an accident involving a van and a tractor trailer resulted in the deaths of two people in Maryland. State Police reported that the crash occurred at the Route 113 and Bishopville Road intersection in Bishopville.
Authorities stated that a 40-year-old man who was driving the van failed to stop at a red light at the intersection. Both the man and his 38-year-old female passenger died at the scene. It appeared that the driver of the tractor-trailer did not suffer any injuries as a result of the crash. The crash caused Route 113 to be closed for about eight hours following the incident.
Car and trucking accidents can occur at any time, even if all drivers involved are paying attention and following all of the road laws. When an accident occurs, those who were involved in the crash are at risk for becoming seriously injured. Even if the accident appears minor, a vehicle occupant could suffer from broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and even spinal cord injuries. The person could end up being hospitalized and unable to work for some time. In some cases, the injuries could be life-changing.
Even if the driver responsible for crash dies due to the injuries they suffered, any other person who suffered injuries can still potentially seek compensation. In many cases, a personal injury attorney may represent the injured person by working with the insurance company responsible for providing the compensation. The attorney may use certain evidence, such as the extent of the injuries and the resulting medical costs, to seek a settlement that would cover all of the damages. In most cases, a settlement is reached out of court. If an agreement cannot be made, however, the case could potentially go to court.
Source: WBOC, "UPDATE: Two Killed After Van Collides with Tractor-trailer in Bishopville", Feb. 5, 2016