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Speed, alcohol contribute to Maryland car accidents

There are many unavoidable accidents. However, it is rare that people involved in car accidents are following the rules of the road with no distractions. For example, many accidents can be traced back to a distracted driver, reckless driving or driving under the influence. Unfortunately in many of these accidents, people who are completely innocent of these trespasses are frequently victims. A recent accident in Maryland has caused the serious injury of two drivers, and police suspect the rules of the road were not being followed at the time.

A sedan, driven by a 27-year-old male, and truck, driven by a 60-year-old male, were traveling west on a Maryland road in the early morning hours in mid-September. Police report that sedan hit the truck, causing the truck to exit the road into a wooded area. The sedan flipped, throwing its driver into the median.

Both drivers were transported to a local hospital for treatment. While both men are considered stable, they are listed in critical condition. No criminal charges have been filed at this time. However, the investigation into the incident continues, and police have stated they suspect alcohol and speed may have been contributing factors.

While the police and other authorities will determine appropriate criminal charges, the injured driver of the truck will likely face stacks of medical bills in the future. Additionally, he may have to miss work, resulting in lost wages, as his recovers. Victims of car accidents such as this man have the option of filing a lawsuit in a Maryland civil suit. If it can be proved that an accident was the result of someone's negligence, a monetary award could be ordered to help offset any unexpected financial burden.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, Crash in Pasadena leaves two with life-threatening injuries, Ian Duncan, Sept. 21, 2013

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