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U-turn into wrong lane causes fatal accident

A car accident in Maryland left one driver dead and two other motorists injured when a pickup truck failed to yield to an oncoming vehicle on Maryland Route 4 on Dec. 4. The sheriff's office in Calvert County is asking the community for assistance while it conducts an investigation. At this time, driver error and failure to yield are thought to have caused the crash.

According to a police representative, a Ford F-150 made a U-turn and went into the southbound lanes of Route 2/4 at about 5:35 p.m. as a Dodge Dakota was driving south on the roadway. The Dodge hit the Ford in the rear portion of the passenger side. Both vehicles ended on the shoulder of the southbound lanes after impact. The driver of the Dodge pickup, 28, suffered multiple injuries in the crash and died at the hospital. The driver of the Ford and a passenger were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. According to a sheriff's office representative, the Dakota driver did not have seat belt restraints in place when the accident happened.

Obeying the rules of the road is critical to avoid car accidents, and failing to adhere to this may result in the death of another motorist, as in this case. The family may find it difficult to meet expenses without the support the individual provided and might face funeral and burial expenses as well as hospital bills. If negligence is proven, the family may wish to file a wrongful death suit to recover loss.

In a similar case, an attorney may assist the family by reviewing accident data, police and accident reconstruction reports or witness accounts to determine fault. The attorney may help settle the suit or litigate it in court.

Source: Southern Maryland News Net, "Update: Name Released in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident in Sunderland", December 05, 2014

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