Rear-end collisions bring up images of cars bumping into each other at stop lights or when traffic comes to an unexpected standstill during rush hour. Many of these fender benders cause more in property damage than they do in injuries, but that is not always the case. A rear-end motor vehicle accident can become much more than just a fender bender, depending on the circumstances.
For instance, two vehicles headed in the same direction on Maryland 273 recently collided. Before all was said and done, three vehicles were involved and one person was dead with two others injured. Preliminary reports from troopers with the Maryland State Police indicate that two vehicles were traveling westbound when the lead car slowed down to make a left turn. The vehicle behind it failed to stop and crashed into the back of the lead vehicle. The impact violently shoved the first car into the eastbound lane where it was hit by another vehicle.
The 22-year-old driver of the first vehicle succumbed to injuries suffered in the impact there at the scene. The other two drivers were taken to separate hospitals in the area for treatment of unknown injuries. Depending on the results of the investigation, criminal charges remain a possibility.
Under Maryland law, when a serious or fatal motor vehicle accident occurs, the victims — or their families if deceased — retain the right to file civil claims against the party or parties believed responsible. If the evidence proves that negligence or recklessness caused or contributed to the injuries suffered (fatal or not), then an award of damages could follow. Any restitution received could help in the recovery of financial losses incurred as a result of the crash.
Source: firststateupdate.com, “Troopers Identify 22-Year-Old Man Killed In Route 273 Accident, Two Others To Hospital“, March 19, 2018