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Maryland car accidents: 5 killed in tragic car accident

Firefighters and other first responders see many things in the line of duty. In fact, many are likely accustomed to encountering tragic car accidents. However, some are describing a recent accident in Maryland as one of the most horrific ones to have taken place due to the number of fatalities.

The accident occurred just before 10 p.m. one night in mid-October. A car containing three adults and two children stopped at a red light. Police say that a second car containing three occupants crashed into the back of the first car. Four people in the car were killed, including a 35-year-old woman, a 32-year-old woman, a 13-year-old and a 1-year-old.

Additionally, a 21-year-old female in the second car was killed. While the accident is still being investigated and no charges have been filed at this time, police suspect that speed may have been a contributing factor. The two deceased women in the first car had eight child between them, ranging in age from six weeks to 15. Family members are now trying to determine who will care for the children.

The loss of a mother is devastating at any age. Unfortunately, some of these children will not have any memories of their mother. Additionally, family members will have to cope with funeral expenses as well as the many expenses associated with raising children. Many victims of car accidents -- or their families in the event of a fatality -- have sought financial relief by filing a wrongful death case in a Maryland civil court. In some cases where it can be proved that negligence caused a person's death or injury, courts have chosen to award monetary damages to cover the financial ramifications of such an accident.

Source: The Washington Post, "After Md. crash killing 5, families must determine care for 10 kids who lost moms", Lynh Bui and Miles Parks, Oct. 14, 2014

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