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Maryland car accidents: Impairment suspected in fatal accident

For many people, Halloween is a fun time of the year. It is filled with costumes, candy and fellowship. Unfortunately, one family will likely associate the holiday with sorrow after one of the state's car accidents on the holiday weekend resulted in a fatality. Maryland police expect impairment may have been an issue in the accident.

At approximately 2 a.m. the morning after Halloween, a sedan containing four people -- including three teenagers -- was sitting on the side of the road. Police say that a vehicle driven by a 24-year-old woman drove onto the shoulder, striking the sedan. One of the sedan's occupants, a 17-year-old male, died at the scene.

The other three occupants as well as the driver of the second vehicle were transported to the hospital for treatment. The extent of their injuries and current conditions are unclear at this time. Although police believe the woman showed symptoms of impairment, she has not been charged in connection with the accident. However, the incident likely remains under investigation and charges may be pending.

While the emotional consequences of deadly car accidents are clear, many people are unaware of the potential financial ramifications. The family of the deceased teenager will have to cope with funeral expenses, among other monetary losses. Additionally, those injured may face medical bills and lost wages as they receive treatment and recover from the injuries suffered in the accident. However, they may have legal options available to them in Maryland to help them recover some of the costs associated with the accident. A person experienced with state law can help determine the most appropriate course of action in a situation such as this.

Source: wjla.com, "Potomac teen killed, 4 others hurt in two-car Beltway inner loop crash", Nov. 2, 2014

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