As is the case in other states, the law enforcement agencies here in Maryland have the often-unenviable task of investigating crashes — some of which involve multiple fatalities. When no one survives to help determine what happened, that task becomes even more of a challenge. This may be the case in a recent single-motor vehicle accident.
Law enforcement officials do know that the accident took place sometime before or around 12:55 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. The occupants of a passing vehicle saw the wreckage of the car and turned around to see if they could help. They discovered someone lying on the ground next to the vehicle and pulled that person to safety before the car burst into flames.
The good Samaritans remained at the scene until police arrived only to discover that two other people were in the vehicle they did not know about. They perished in the fire. The 28-year-old man (who police say was the driver of the wrecked vehicle) did not make it either. He died at a local hospital. At last report, investigators did not know why the car careened off the roadway and struck a tree before exploding and the identities of the two passengers had yet to be ascertained.
Any details the investigation provides could prove useful in establishing negligence on the part of the driver for wrongful death claims that the victims’ families have the right to file in the aftermath of this motor vehicle accident. If the evidence proves that the driver was negligent, which seems likely, a Maryland civil court may award damages to the grieving families. Any restitution received from the estate of the deceased driver could help with unexpected financial losses and may provide at least some sense of justice to surviving family members.